College or School: 
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type: 
Four Year Graduation Plan: 
Three Year Degree Plan: 
Program Description: 

The undergraduate major in history exposes students to a broad spectrum of human experience in the past and present, arming them with an understanding of the self and of their relationship to other human beings and to the structure of society. History students are encouraged to further their knowledge of the principal developments and problems of history and to enrich their understanding of historical evolution through research and writing. Through elective courses in other departments, students gain a broad liberal arts education and enlarge their historical perspective. The history major can thus be used generally by students who wish to be useful members of the community and specifically by students who seek careers in teaching, journalism, library and archival work, government, politics, law, and business. The program also provides a sound basis for students planning to pursue graduate study. 

Students in the history program are assigned an academic advisor who assists them with academic routines, selecting individual courses, and developing undergraduate and postgraduate goals. Students interested in careers in law, public service, journalism, or business should consult with the advisor about departmental programs particularly geared to these fields. 

Majors are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in history for graduation.

History Honors Program

The honors program allows qualified students to carry out independent research under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Departmental honors are awarded at graduation based on the student's completing the following: at least one interdisciplinary honors seminar; a 3.5 GPA in history and a 3.0 GPA in overall course work; completion of an honors thesis with a grade of A or B. In exceptional cases, certain requirements may be waived by a vote of the departmental curriculum committee. Interested students should consult with the departmental advisor.

Program Requirements: 


I. Wright State Core 38
Element 1: Communication 6
Element 2: Mathematics 3

Element 3: Global Traditions

Required: HST 1100

Element 4: Arts and Humanities 3
Element 5: Social Sciences 6
Element 6: Natural Sciences 8

Additional Core Courses:

Required: HST 1200

II. Departmental Requirements 36
HST 2110, 2120 6
HST 3000 3

Eight HST courses at the 3000/4000 level; at least four must be 4000-level courses:

US History: 2 courses

European History: 2 courses

Asian, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern: 2 courses

Two more 3000/4000 electives in HST

HST 4900 3
III. Related Requirements  
IV. College Requirements 18

Foreign Language

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Arabic, Russian,

Italian, Japanese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry  

Quantitative Thinking

One Course from:

COM 4490, MUS 4140, PLS 2100, SW 2910,

SOC 3400, SOC 3410, URS 4980


Qualitative Thinking

One Course from: PHL 2150, PHL 2230, PHL 3230,

PHL 4710, PHL 4720

V. Electives 32
Total 124