Students who major in history explore the people, institutions, and cultures of those who came before us. The study of the past is deeply connected to the present, and it gives students powerful tools for understanding and engaging a wide range of modern issues, debates, and questions. Moreover, studying history teaches valuable practical skills—critical, argumentation, writing, and more—that lead to success in a variety of career fields.
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 offers a range of opportunities for undergraduate research, including a capstone research seminar. We offer a seminar and internships in public history, a student leadership program (the Peer Mentors), a study-abroad program (UA at Oxford), and a range of scholarships. The department also sponsors a History Club that is open to all students, as well as a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society.
Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in history must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. Students can take a selection of the following courses in order to fulfill the requirements for the history major. In addition, students must fulfill all general education requirements, as well as requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits for a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.
|Majors must take 12 hours in the following introductory surveys; must consist of one sequence, and include at least 3 hours from HY 101-108 and 3 hours from HY 111-118:||12|
|Western Civ To 1648|
|Western Civ Since 1648|
|American Civilization to 1865|
|Am Civ Since 1865|
|Honors West Civ To 1648|
|Honors West Civ Sc 1648|
|Honors Am Civ to 1865|
|Honors Am Civ Sc 1865|
|Colonial Latin America|
|Modern Latin Am Since 1808|
|Asian Civilization to 1400|
|Modern Asia since 1400|
|History of Science to 1687|
|History of Science Since 1687|
|World History to 1500|
|World History Since 1500|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||12|
|Select three hours from each field||9|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||9|
|Select nine hours of HY electives||9|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||9|
|HY 430||UG Research Seminar 1||3|
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.
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 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 306||Topics in American History||3|
|HY 308||Colonial America||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 331||Religion and Civil Rights||3|
|HY 332||Native American History||3|
|HY 333||America in the Progressive Era: A Nation Comes of Age||3|
|HY 334||The Nineteenth Century City||3|
|HY 335||Handmade Nation: Knitting and History||3|
|HY 336||U.S. Disability History||3|
|HY 341||Hy US - Vietnam War||3|
|HY 345||Race and Science||3|
|HY 395||History Colloquium||3|
|HY 406||Topics in American History||3|
|HY 408||Colonial Us to 1763||3|
|HY 409||Amer Rev/New Nation||3|
|HY 411||Comp. Slavery & Emancipation||3|
|HY 412||Slavery America Popular Cult||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 428||Women In America||3|
|HY 429||Spanish Frontier in N. America||3|
|HY 432||Gender and Native Americans||3|
|HY 480||Survey of Military History||3|
Field 2: European History
|HY 235||Christ Church To 1500||3|
|HY 247||England To 1688||3|
|HY 248||England Since 1688||3|
|HY 305||Topics in European History||3|
|HY 346||Epidemics! A History of Medicine||3|
|HY 349||History of France 1760-present||3|
|HY 355||German History Sc 1740||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 388||The Crusades||3|
|HY 405||Topics in European History||3|
|HY 442||The Middle Ages||3|
|HY 483||Thirty Years' War||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 455||The Darwinian Revolution||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 in the Victorian Age||3|
Field 3: African, Asian or Latin American History
|HY 307||Special World Topics||3|
|HY 368||Caribbean History Since 1492||3|
|HY 370||A history of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800||3|
|HY 371||History of Brazil||3|
|HY 377||Mexico since 1810||3|
|HY 378||Drugs, Booze, and Mexican Society||3|
|HY 379||History of Modern Argentina||3|
|HY 384||Ancient Egypt Near East||3|
|HY 402||Modern Japan since 1550||3|
|HY 404||Modern China since 1600||3|
|HY 429||Spanish Frontier in N. America||3|
|HY 471||Age Exploration & Conquest||3|
|HY 474||Relation US Latin Amer||3|
|HY 475||Caribbean Basin 1492 - Present||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
Majoring in history prepares students for fulfilling careers in diverse fields. Though many of our graduates decide to pursue lives of scholarship and teaching, others go into law, public history and museum studies, public policy, journalism, publishing or business. A recent survey suggests that nearly 90% of our 2016 graduates are employed soon after graduation — a rate commensurate with that of the College of Arts and Sciences as a whole. Whatever your chosen field, the communication, writing, researching and critical thinking skills acquired as a history major will be in high demand in the modern workforce.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
People holding degrees in history from the University of Alabama teach in schools and colleges around the country. They have served in government at all levels, from the Tuscaloosa city council to the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court. They are museum curators and directors, newspaper and television journalists, national real-estate brokers, attorneys and business men and women with MBAs, some of whom have become CEOs of major corporations. If you can think of a career, history can help get you there and make you a great success.