Bachelor of Arts in History

About

The Bachelor of Arts in History Program at EWU will help you unlock the realms of human development. You’ll get a detailed picture of various cultures and their governments, legal systems, social behavior, art, economic systems, literature, religious, medicines, technologies, sports, fashions, and myriad other endeavors.

Because learning about the past is necessary to understand the present and prepare for the future, a history degree is a great asset. The study of history provides a solid foundation not only for history and social studies education majors, but for careers in law, business, government, international relations, journalism, library services, and museums, to name but a few.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

History Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Notes: this major requires two years of high school or one year of college coursework in a foreign language. The 70-credit major does not require a minor. Courses must include 45 upper-division credits in the total.

Grade Requirements: each course in the History major requires a minimum grade ≥C+ and an overall GPA ≥2.5 in major course work.

Required Core Course5
HISTORY TODAY: ISSUES AND PRACTICES
Required Social Sciences Elective 5
FYE: SOCIAL SCIENCE (or any non history Social Science BACR–see departmental advisor)
Required Experiential Learning–choose one or more of the following5
Note: This requirement may also be fulfilled with an approved study abroad experience, an approved Service Learning course or an approved Independent Study on Phi Alpha Theta officer leadership. See departmental advisor.
PUBLIC HISTORY
HISTORY INTERNSHIP
NEARBY HISTORY: EXPLORING THE PAST AROUND YOU
PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE PREPARATION
HISTORY INTERNSHIP
Required Geographic Concentrations–choose at least one course in each concentration20
European History
EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION TO 1500
EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION, 1500 TO PRESENT
WORLD WARS
MODERN EUROPE
U.S. History
AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1877
AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1877
CHICANO HISTORY
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: POST CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY II
World History
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY FROM 1500
EAST ASIA: TRADITION AND TRANSFORMATION
HISTORY OF THE PRESENT: WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1945
COLONIALISM AND NATIONALISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
AFRICAN HISTORY: ANCIENT AFRICA TO MANDELA
MODERN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
Required Thematic Concentrations–choose six courses, at least three in each of two different concentrations. Must include one/two courses numbered 350–389 and two courses numbered 400–449 and two courses numbered 450–489.30
Culture, Race and Gender
Empires and Colonialism
Global Economies, Exchange and Conflict
Public and Digital History
Science, Technology and the Environment
Required Capstone5
SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR
Total Credits70

Catalog Listing

General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance Exams 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
Foreign Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.

Degree Works calculates based on these two catalog years.

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in History from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • communicate historical analyses to diverse audiences;
  • conduct research by using appropriate historical methods;
  • demonstrate knowledge about past societies, cultures, and individuals;
  • use historical knowledge in a civic engagement project.