Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 54.0101
College of Arts & Sciences
Major DescriptionThe discipline of history embraces a diverse world of ideas, peoples, and events. Our faculty seeks to inform and question, to provoke and to challenge our students to a higher level of understanding of the past. History at the University of South Florida offers the student an opportunity to explore civilizations from around the globe and from the ancient through contemporary eras. We encourage our students to move beyond traditional memorization of material to a critical level of thinking, analysis, and synthesis. Accomplished history majors are attractive to all kinds of employers in any number of fields, as well as to graduate and professional schools. USF history alumni can be found in such diverse professions as law, medicine, business, government, Foreign Service, politics, and education.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, they must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Specific state mandated common course prerequisites for admission to the major include:
Total Major Hours: 36 Hours
Major CoreA minimum of 36 semester hours of History Department courses are required to earn a B.A. degree in History.
Major Core Courses - 36 HoursLower-Level Course Requirements for the Major (12 credit hours):
Students must complete a minimum total of 12 hours of 2000-level courses, or their equivalent, to meet the lower-level requirements of the major. A two course sequence at the 2000 level must be chosen from
- AMH 2010 History I and AMH 2020 American History II
- EUH 2011 Ancient History I and EUH 2012 Ancient History II
- EUH 2030 Modern European History I and EUH 2031 Modern European History II
- The remaining six (6) credit hours may be chosen from any of the other 2000-level History courses. Completing the lower-level requirement of the major also satisfies the common course prerequisite requirement of six lower-level credit hours of courses with prefixes of AFH, AMH, EUH, WOH, LAH, ASH or HIS.
Upper-Level Course Requirements for the Major (18 credit hours)
A minimum of 18 hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses is required to fulfill the upper-level major requirement.
Additional Required Courses for the History Major – Permits required (6 credit hours):
- HIS 4104 Theory of History (recommended in the junior year)
- HIS 4936 Pro-Seminar in History (recommended in the senior year)
A GPA of 2.0 in the History major is required before a student may be permitted into either of these courses. Additionally, these courses may not be taken during the same semester.
For elective hours outside of the major, it is recommended that History majors take
Additional hours may be profitably drawn from the following disciplines: Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Classics, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women’s Studies, English, Humanities and Art History.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.