Students who do best in history are those who are interested in people of different times and places and who have a curiosity about how human institutions and societies work. They are people who do not see the past as obsolete, but as deeply meaningful and instructive for those who take the time to penetrate its mysteries. Students who flourish in history are usually people who love to read and to express themselves in writing.
Admission into the Major
Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.
The Department of History sponsors a club that is open to all students. It also sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society. Phi Alpha Theta is open to both majors and non-majors who have junior standing or above, have completed at least 12 hours in history with a GPA of 3.3 or above, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in history must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits for a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.
|HY 430||UG Research Seminar 1||3|
|Majors must take 15 hours in the following introductory surveys; must consist of one sequence, and include at least 3 hours of American Civ and 3 hours of Western Civ: 2||15|
|Western Civ To 1648|
|Western Civ Since 1648|
|History of American Civilization to 1865|
|America Civilization Since 1865|
|Honors West Civ To 1648|
|Honors West Civ Sc 1648|
|Honors American Civilization to 1865|
|Honors American Civilization Since 1865|
|Comparative World Civ|
|Colonial Latin America|
|Modern Latin America Since 1808|
|Asian Civilization to 1400|
|Modern Asia since 1400|
|History of Science to 1687|
|History of Science Since 1687|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||18|
|Select three hours from each field||9|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||9|
|Select nine hours of HY electives||9|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||9|
A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required to receive credit for HY 430 UG Research Seminar. Students who complete a history honors thesis are exempt from this requirement.
For students who elect to complete the Western Civilization sequence, HY 101 Western Civ To 1648 or HY 105 Honors West Civ To 1648 is the preferred course option. Note that HY 110 Comparative World Civ may be substituted for HY 101 Western Civ To 1648 or HY 105 Honors West Civ To 1648.
A minimum of 3 hours from each of the following fields must be completed for a total of 9 hours.
Depending on the content, HY 200 Special Studies in Hy, HY 300 Special Studies in History, HY 301 Independent Study, HY 395 History Colloquium, HY 399 History Honors Colloquium, HY 400 Special Studies in History, HY 430 UG Research Seminar, HY 498 Honors Thesis I, and HY 499 Honors Thesis II can also fulfill this requirement.
Field 1: United States History
|HY 225||Hy Alabama To 1865||3|
|HY 226||Hy Alabama From 1865||3|
|HY 295||Us Naval History||3|
|HY 312||American South Before 1865||3|
|HY 313||American South Since 1865||3|
|HY 314||Coming Of The Civil War||3|
|HY 315||The Civil War||3|
|HY 316||Life & Legend Abraham Lincoln||3|
|HY 318||U S Since 1945||3|
|HY 319||19th Century Black History||3|
|HY 320||20th Century Black History||3|
|HY 323||Us Constitut Hy to 1877||3|
|HY 324||Us Constitut Hy sc 1877||3|
|HY 325||Us-World Power to 1898||3|
|HY 326||Us-World Power sc 1898||3|
|HY 327||Women in Early America||3|
|HY 330||Civil Rights Movement||3|
|HY 341||Hy US - Vietnam War||3|
|HY 408||Colonial Us to 1763||3|
|HY 409||Amer Rev/New Nation||3|
|HY 411||Comp. Slavery & Emancipation||3|
|HY 413||Mexican War Thru Civil War||3|
|HY 416||Us Fr Recons To Wwar I||3|
|HY 417||US from WWI to WWII||3|
|HY 424||American Thought Before 1860||3|
|HY 425||American Thought since 1860||3|
|HY 428||Women In America||3|
|HY 429||Spanish Frontier in N. America||3|
|HY 432||Gender and Native Americans: Beyond Pocohontas||3|
|HY 480||Survey of Military History||3|
Field 2: European History
|HY 235||Christ Church To 1500||3|
|HY 236||Christ Church Sc 1500||3|
|HY 247||England To 1688||3|
|HY 321||Religion in Modern Europe||3|
|HY 349||History of France 1760-present||3|
|HY 357||World War I||3|
|HY 358||World War II||3|
|HY 361||Russia to 1894||3|
|HY 362||Russia-Soviet Union since 1894||3|
|HY 365||European Consumer Society||3|
|HY 385||History Of Greece||3|
|HY 386||History Of Rome||3|
|HY 390||Survey of Irish History||3|
|HY 442||The Middle Ages||3|
|HY 444||Reform & Counter-Reformation||3|
|HY 446||Age of Reason 1715-89||3|
|HY 448||Women in Europe since 1750||3|
|HY 451||Early Modern Germany||3|
|HY 481||War/Dipl. in Med & Mod. Europe||3|
|HY 482||War & Religion in the West||3|
|HY 490||England under Tudors||3|
|HY 491||England under Stuarts||3|
|HY 493||Britain in the 18th Century||3|
|HY 494||Britain in the Victorian Age||3|
Field 3: African, Asian or Latin American History
|HY 377||Mexico since 1810||3|
|HY 384||Ancient Egypt Near East||3|
|HY 402||Modern Japan since 1550||3|
|HY 403||Chinese Civ. to 1600||3|
|HY 404||Modern China since 1600||3|
|HY 471||Age Exploration & Conquest||3|
|HY 474||Relation US Latin Amer||3|
|HY 475||Caribbean Basin 1492 - Present||3|
|HY 476||HY Religion in Latin America||3|
Grade Point Average
A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.
A minimum of 15 semester hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.
The history major does not require ancillary courses. However, it is recommended that students, especially those considering graduate work in history, study at least one foreign language.
This major requires the completion of a minor.
Additional Major Requirements
Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, college and University requirements.
History 200-, 300- and 400-level courses are open to all students of sophomore standing or higher.
The history honors program is open to history majors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a 3.3 GPA or above in history, and at least 12 hours of HY courses completed. The program requires nine hours of honors work, including HY 399 History Honors Colloquium, a six-hour thesis (HY 498 Honors Thesis I and HY 499 Honors Thesis II) to be completed under the direction of a tenured or tenure-track member of the department. HY 399 History Honors Colloquium is usually taken in the junior year; HY 498 Honors Thesis I and HY 499 Honors Thesis II are typically completed in the senior year. Students who complete a History Honors thesis (HY 498 Honors Thesis I/HY 499 Honors Thesis II) are exempt from HY 430 UG Research Seminar requirement. In order to graduate with honors in history, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a 3.3 GPA or above in history, and satisfactory completion of a thesis judged to merit an honors designation.
Types of Jobs Accepted
The history major can lead students into careers in teaching, archives, libraries, museums, publishing, historic preservation, and non-profit institutions. It also provides a solid foundation for careers in business, government, law and many other fields.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Former UA history majors teach in many schools and colleges, are museum curators and directors and serve on the Alabama Historical Commission. They sit in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and on the Alabama Supreme Court. Some are vice-presidents of major corporations, newspaper and television journalists, fighter pilots and even professional football coaches.