History, BA

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2018-2019. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH or STAT course designated (A)3
Humanities (H)
Select one course from each group:
Group 1:
HIST 1613Western Civilization to 1500 (H)3
or HIST 1713 Survey of Eastern Civilization (H)
or HIST 2213 World History from Ancient Times to 1500 (H)
Group 2:
HIST 1623Western Civilization after 1500 (H)3
or HIST 2223 World History 1500 to Present (H)
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
Course designated (N)6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
Course designated (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)10
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
(Transfer students with 15 hours exempt)1
Arts & Humanities
9 hours non-History9
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
See note 2.b.3
Foreign Language
See note 39
Non-Western Studies
Select at least one course
See note 2.d.
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal22
Major Requirements
Minimum GPA 2.50. Minimum grade of “C” in all U/D HIST courses
HIST 3903Introduction to the Study of History3
HIST 4903Senior Seminar3
or HIST 4993 Senior Honors Thesis
Select 30 hours of History from the 3 areas listed below (3 hours may be 2000-level) with 15 hours from one area, 9 hours from a second area, and 6 hours from the remaining area: 30
HIST 3980 Studies in History, and HIST 4980 Topics in History (9 hours maximum) or HIST 4993 Senior Honors Thesis may be substituted in one or more of the areas with consent of advisor.
American History:
History of the Present (H) 1
American Thought and Culture: Survey (H)
Religion in America (H)
African Diaspora History (H)
History of the Second World War (HI) 1
American Colonial Period to 1750 (H)
Era of the American Revolution (H)
Early National Period, 1787-1828 (H)
The Jacksonian Era, 1828-1850 (H)
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
Robber Barons and Reformers: U.S. History, 1877-1919 (H)
United States History, 1919-45 (DH)
United States History Since 1945 (DH)
The Modern West (H)
Oklahoma History
Women in the American West (DH)
Trans-Mississippi West (DH)
American Southwest (DH)
Old South (S)
Native American History (DH)
History of Food (H) 1
Historic Preservation 1
Digital Methods in History 1
African American History, 1619-1865 (DH)
African American History, 1865-Present (DH)
Black Intellectual History (DH)
U.S. Foreign Relations to 1945 (H)
U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1945 (H)
American Military History (H)
History and Film (H) 1
American Cultural History to 1865 (H)
American Cultural History Since 1865 (H)
Frontier in American Memory (DH)
American Urban History (H)
American Economic History (S)
American Environmental History (H)
Vietnam War (HI) 1
Gender in America (D)
Cold War (HI) 1
America in International Perspective (H) 1
European History:
Ancient Greece (H)
Ancient Rome (H)
Germany Since 1815 (HI)
Russia to 1861 (H)
Russia Since 1861 (HI)
Late Medieval World, 1000-1450 (H)
Renaissance, 1350-1517 (H)
Absolutism and Enlightenment, 1648-1789
Modern Europe, 1815-1914 (H)
Modern Europe Since 1914 (HI)
Modern France, 1789-Present (H)
World War I in Modern European Culture (HI)
Mediterranean World (H)
Popular Religion in the West, 1300-1700 (H)
Invasion and Identity: The Medieval English World: 700-1400 (H)
Tudor-Stuart England (H)
Modern England: 1714-Present (H)
British Empire and Commonwealth of Nations (H)
Reformation Europe, 1517-1648 (H)
Scandinavia Since 1500 (HI)
History of Medicine (H) 1
Religion in Modern Europe
Ideas and Ideologies in Modern Europe (H)
Sorcerers, Saints and Heretics: Religion in the Medieval World (H)
Sex and Gender in the Medieval World (H)
Women in Western Civilization (H)
World History:
Ancient Egypt and Israel (H)
Ancient Mesopotamia: Iraq, Iran & Syria from 4000-333 B.C. (H)
Introduction to Central Asia Studies (IS)
The Medieval World, 500-1500 (H)
East Asia to 1800 (H)
East Asia Since 1800 (HI)
Modern Japan (HI)
Modern China (HI)
Gender Relations in Chinese History (H)
Colonial Latin America (H)
Modern Latin America (HI)
Medieval Islamic History (H)
Modern Middle East (HI)
History of Modern India and South Asia (HI)
Israel & Palestine in Modern Times (HI)
Media and Popular Culture in the Arab Middle East (HI)
The Mongol Empire (H)
Minorities and Diversity in the Middle East (H)
Select 12 hours upper-division courses from the following related prefixes, or others with consent of advisor12
AMST, AMIS, ANTH, ART, ECON, ENGL, FLL (and any foreign language), REL, GEOG, GWST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, REL, SOC.
Students completing Teacher Education requirements may: (1) substitute HIST 3703 and HIST 1483 or HIST 1493 for 6 hours of upper-division History, leaving 24 hours to be distributed 12, 6, and 6 among American, European and World; (2) include upper-division professional education courses as upper-division related courses.
Students with prior credit in HIST 1103 may not earn credit in HIST 1483 or HIST 1493.
Hours Subtotal48
Electives
Select 10 hours10
May need to include 6 hours upper-division general education outside major department (see note 2.c.)
Hours Subtotal10
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements
  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 40 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • Hours in One Department: Hours in one department in excess of 54 will be added to the minimum total of 120 required for graduation.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, DANC, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A) and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages.
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PBIO, PHYS, and STAT; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies (N.W.). This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student's degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 9 hours college credit in the same language, which must include 3 hours at the 2000-level, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Currently Arabic and Mvskoke are not offered at the 2000-level at OSU.
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second-year level of study). It may also be satisfied by 6 hours college credit in the same language, which must include language courses 1713 and 1813, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 3 hours college credit in a single language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, equivalent to 3 hours of college credit.) Or, students may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54-hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences advisor and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2024.