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The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Completion of general education and distribution requirements as indicated in the School of Liberal Arts section of the IUPUI bulletin that was current when the student declared a major in History
  • Completion of a total of 36 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course
  • 18 credits must be taken at IUPUI during two consecutive semesters (but not two consecutive summer sessions)
  • Students must declare their concentration by the end of their sophomore year
  • Completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours in the History major at IUPUI (effective Fall 2019).

Major Requirements:

It is recommended to take core history courses as part of the IUPUI General Education Core.

Introductory Core Courses (6 credits):

Select one course from List A and one course from List B in residence at IUPUI.

List A:

HIST-H 105 : American History I
HIST-H 108 : World Civilizations I
HIST-H 113 : Western Civilization I

List B:

HIST-H 106 : American History II
HIST-H 109 : World Civilizations II
HIST-H 114 : Western Civilization II

Research Methods Course (3 credits):

HIST-H 217 : The Nature of History

Capstone (3 credits):

HIST-J 495 : Proseminar for History Majors

Seminar topics vary from semester to semester. Majors should plan to take the seminar during their senior year and, if possible, sign up for a section that has the same focus as their concentration area.

Concentration Courses (24 credits):

Concentration and sub-concentration courses must be 200 level or higher. Select any one of the following concentrations. Note: H-prefix courses are special topics, and their application to categories must be approved by advisor

United States History Concentration (24 credits):

  • 12 credits U.S. History (A-prefix courses)
  • 6 credits European History (B-C-D prefix courses)
  • 6 credits African/ Asian/ Latin American History (E-F-G prefix courses)

European History Concentration (24 credits):

  • 12 credits European History (B-C-D prefix courses)
  • 6 credits U.S. History (A-prefix courses)
  • 6 credits African/ Asian/ Latin American History (E-F-G prefix courses)

African/ Asian/ Latin American/ Middle Eastern History Concentration (24 credits):

  • 12 credits African/ Asian/ Latin American History (E-F-G prefix courses)
  • 6 credits U.S. History (A-prefix courses)
  • 6 credits European History (B-C-D prefix courses)

Thematic Concentration (24 credits):

Thematic concentrations require 12 credits of courses in such fields as urban, family, science/technology/medical history, and two support areas (6 credit hours each) as specified in the theme description. Consult history advisors and faculty mentor for lists of thematic concentrations currently available to majors

Coursework leading to the history major should be carefully planned. At their earliest opportunity and at least once per year, students should meet with Chris Schumerth or a School of Liberal Arts advisor and a History Department Faculty Mentor who can assist with course planning. 

Please use the History Degree Map and your academic advisement report to track your course planning and progress. Importantly, we encourage you to keep a copy of all syllabi and correspondence related to course planning and selection.

The student who seeks to teach history at the secondary level may either (1) major in history and obtain the necessary certification in addition, or (2) major in social studies education through the School of Education. In either instance, the student must arrange with the School of Education for a complete program. In the first instance, history majors should consult School of Liberal Arts advisors and Department of History faculty advisors about the major and School of Education counselors concerning certification.

The History major with a concentration in the History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine (HSTEM) requires students to complete 36 credit hours from the departmental curriculum with a minimum grade of C in each course. 18 of the 36 credit hours of required courses must be taken in residence on the Indianapolis campus during two consecutive semesters (but not two consecutive summer sessions).

All HSTEM majors must complete the following

1. Core courses (12 credits) 

    • H105: United States History I 
    • H106: United States History II 
    • H217: The Nature of History 
    • J495: Proseminar for History Majors

2. 24 credit hours in concentration and subconcentration courses (all courses must be 200 level or higher)

  • 12 credit hours History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine
  • 6 credit hours in either U.S. History (A-prefix courses), European History (B-C-D-prefix courses), or African/Asian/Latin American History (E-F-G-prefix courses). H-prefix courses vary by concentration. 
  • 6 credit hours European History in a second regional concentration (either U.S. History, European History, or African/Asian/Latin American History) not selected above.

Students can choose from a wide variety of courses including

  • History of Medicine and Public Health
  • History of Science and Technology I
  • History of Science and Technology II
  • History of Consciousness and Human Evolution
  • History, Environment, & the Global Anthropocene
  • Scientific Revolutions, 1400-1800
  • History of Computing
  • Machines and the Age of Invention
  • American Environmental History

For more information on the History of Science, Technology, Environment, & Medicine Concentration, contact the History Department Faculty Mentor.

Daniella J. Kostroun
Associate Professor
425 Cavanaugh Hall
(317) 274-8045