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The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History (HIST) 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.
  • Effective Fall 2015, 18 credits must be taken at IUPUI during two consecutive semesters (but not two consecutive summer sessions)

It is expected that history majors will enroll in H108 or H113 and H109 or H114 to fulfill two of the three School of Liberal Arts social science or humanities core requirements and therefore these course are not listed in the major requirements

Required Core Courses (9 credit hours):

  • H 105: American History I (3 cr.)
  • H 106: American History II (3 cr.)
  • H 217: The Nature of History (3 cr.)

Required Capstone Course (3 credit hours):

  • J 495: Proseminar for History Majors (3 cr.) Seminar topics vary from semester to semester. Majors should plan to take the seminar during their senior year.

Advanced/Concentration Courses (24 credit hours):

Note: Concentration and sub-concentration courses must be taken at the 200 level or higher.

Select any one of the following concentrations:

Concentration: United States History (24 credit hours)

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

Concentration: European History (24 credit hours)

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

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

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

Thematic History Concentration (24 credit hours)

  • 12 credit hours thematic courses (e.g. in fields such as the history of science, technology, environment, and medicine; urban history; family history). Courses should be selected based on the course description in consultation with academic mentors.
  • 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.

Consult history mentors and the department office 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 a School of Liberal Arts advisor and a History Department Faculty Mentor who can assist with course planning. 

Please use the linked History Major Checksheet  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.

Modupe Labode
Associate Professor
420 Cavanaugh Hall
(317) 274-3829
mlabode@iupui.edu