(CIP = 54.0101) (HTY)
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
The discipline of history embraces a diverse world of ideas, peoples, and events. Our faculty seeks to inform and to 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.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida college System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
- AFH XXXX or AMH XXXX or EUH XXXX or WOH XXXX or LAH XXXX or ASH XXXX or HIS XXXX - 3 credit hours
- AMH XXXX or EUH XXXX or WOH XXXX or LAH XXXX or AFH XXXX or ASH XXXX or HIS XXXX - 3 credit hours
Major Core (33 Credit Hours)
A minimum of 33 semester hours of History Department courses are required to earn a B.A. degree in History.
Lower-Level Course Requirements for the Major (9 Credit Hours)
Students must complete a minimum total of 9 hours of 2000-level courses, or their equivalent, to meet the lower level requirements of the major. Completing the lower-level requirement of the major also satisfies the common prerequisite requirements.
Upper-Level Course Requirements for the Major (18 Credit Hours)
Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of 3000- level courses, or their equivalent, to fulfill the intermediate-level requirements of the major. Students may take a maximum of three (3) sections of HIS 3938 (Major Issues in History) as part of this requirement. Courses may include (but are not limited to):
Upper-Level Course Requirements for the Major – Permits required (6 Credit Hours)
Students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of 3000 or 4000-level courses, or their equivalent to fulfill the upper-level requirements of the major. These courses fall into two categories (as described below). These courses should not be taken in the same semester.
Students must take one 3000- or 4000-level course that focuses on research skills, practical experiences, professional development, or historical methods. This course should be selected in consultation with the Academic Advisor, according to the student’s professional and postgraduate goals. Examples of these courses include (but are not limited to):
- HIS 4104 - Theory and Methods of History Credit(s): 3 This course introduces history majors to the theories, methods, approaches, and key debates that are central to the modern historical profession. Students also develop skills in historical research, reading, writing, and oral communication. Students interested in applying to graduate programs in History, at the MA or PhD levels should consider taking either Theory and Methods of History or a second Pro-Seminar.
- HIS 4936 - Pro-Seminar in History Credit(s): 3 (a second section; one is required - see below). History majors will complete research papers in the HIS 4936 Seminar courses. Students are also encouraged to work with the Office for Undergraduate Research to participate in their annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Also, students are encouraged to attend or present research papers at conferences, such as the annual Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. Students interested in applying to graduate programs in History, at the MA or PhD levels, should consider taking either Theory and Methods of History or a second Pro-Seminar.
- 3000- or 4000-level Digital Humanities: Students interested in learning skills related to digital tools and technologies, and exploring how they are applied to different academic fields and professions, should consider taking a Digital Humanities course at the 3000- or 4000-level.
- HIS 4940 - History Internship Credit(s): 1-3 The USF History department encourages students to take part in internships, and offers several for-credit opportunities within the major. Currently, the History department has a variety of internship partners available, including museums and historical societies. Potential internship activities can include working with collections, processing archival materials, research, leading guided tours, and building exhibits. Students will work closely with the undergraduate advisor and faculty coordinator to select internship opportunities.
- HIS 4936 - Pro-Seminar in History Credit(s): 3 History majors will complete research papers in the HIS 4936 Seminar courses. Students are also encouraged to work with the Office for Undergraduate Research to participate in their annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Also, students are encouraged to attend or present research papers at conferences, such as the annual Phi Alpha Theta regional conference.
For elective hours outside of the major, it is recommended that History majors take:
- HUM 2593 - Science in Cultural Context Credit(s): 3
- IDS 2192 - Global History and Politics Since 1945 Credit(s): 3
- LIT 3410 - Religious and Philosophical Themes Credit(s): 3
Additional hours can be profitably drawn from the following disciplines: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Classics, Economics, Geography, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Literature, Humanities and Cultural Studies, and Art History.
A Major GPA of at least 2.00 is necessary for graduation.
A minimum grade of C- or better must be attained in each course counted toward the 33-hour requirement.
The B.A. degree in History from USF requires that 50 percent of the major coursework be completed at the USF campus. This rule will be strictly enforced.
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 , IDS 4914 or IDS 4910 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
Students are encouraged to join the History Honor Society - Phi Alpha Theta. Membership applications are available at the History Department office, SOC 260.
Undergraduate Advisor, History Department; Location: Social Science Building (SOC) 265. HistoryAdvise@usf.edu
Chairperson: M. Decker; Professors: G. Alexopoulos, J. Belohlavek, G. Benadusi, C. Boterbloem, M. Decker, P. Dosal, P. Levy, W. Murray, F. Ottanelli; Associate Professors: B. Connolly, D. Fontaine, J. Irwin, D. Johnson, J. Langford, A. Novoa, S. Prince, F. Ramos; Assistant Professors: J. Gonzalez, M. King, D. Tanasi; Instructors: D. Cali, J. Dukes-Knight, S. Murray, D. Thomas.
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