B.A. in History at UCCS
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Overview: The UCCS History Department offers a Bachelor's Degree (BA) in History, as well as degrees in History and Education (Secondary, Primary, or Special Education) for students entering teaching careers. For more information, please consult the history department website and blog, where you may find full information on all the regular faculty and instructors; helpful guides to the major itself such as an overview of the progam and its requirements; a special section just for those of you who are transfer students; information on the undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) programs; and events and opportunities during the school year.
History B.A.. Requirements:
1) HISTORY 1000 Surveys: (12 hours total): All history students must take (or transfer in) 12 total hours of lower-division credits.
**6 of those hours must come from the American and European History survey sequences: History 1010, 1020, 1030, and 1040 (the four European History sequences), and/or History 1510, 1520, 1530, and 1540 (the four American History sequences).
**Then, the other 6 of those hours must come from any of the survey courses in Asian (1110, 1120, 1130, 1140), Latin American (1400 and 1410) and/or Middle Eastern (1600, 1610) History.
In all the survey courses, professors emphasize rigorous readings, primary source analysis, and essays involving critical thinking within the discipline of history.
Note: most of the lower-division courses in History also fulfill your General Education Explore requirements, and some of the lower-division courses fulfill other General Education requirements in Inclusiveness and Writing-Intensive courses as well.
2) UPPER-DIVISION COURSES IN HISTORY (from History 3000 to History 4980):
* 21 hours for History BA
*15 hours for History/Education majors
*In both cases, 3 of those hours must be your Senior Thesis (History 4990)
Upper-division courses in history are offered in every conceivable time period and field, from Ancient Greece to the Modern Middle East. Students are expected to complete 21 (for the History BA) and 15 (for History/Education majors) hours of upper-division courses in history. SIX (6) of those hours in upper-division courses must come from the list of courses designated as Global History courses. Please see the BA requirements sheet for a complete list of the courses that fulfill your Global History requirement at the upper-division level. All of the courses that fulfill the Global History requirement in the major also fulfill the General Education "Inclusiveness" requirement.
Upper-division courses in history are typically fairly small (generally 10 to 25 students), reading and writing-intensive (usually with 4 - 7 books required per course, and somewhere between 15 to 30 pages of writing total), and conducted in a seminar-style form in which students are expected to come prepared to articulate and defend their own ideas about a subject. Other upper-division courses feature role-playing within the nationally-known "Reacting to the Past" curriculum; real-world Internship experience working with community and local historical organizations; and hands-on experience re-creating historical tools and artifacts (such as a trebuchet, a medieval weapon).
3) HIST 4990, SENIOR THESIS: The History Department's "capstone" experience is a Senior Thesis, required of all History majors, and done under the close supervision in a regular class (History 4990) of one of our regular faculty members or Instructors. In the Senior Thesis class, you will prepare a full-length (usually 25-30 pages) essay on a selected topic in history, relying heavily on original or primary sources.
Please see the Guide to History 4990 Senior Thesis for further detail and a schedule of topics.