(minor required) B.A. or B.S. Degree

History is the study of the interaction of cultural, geographical, political, and economic forces and how they have shaped the world of the past and present. Thus the major in history provides a solid preparation for career and personal endeavor in the contemporary world. The major offers excellent background for students preparing for law school, graduate study, teaching and public service. Students interested in graduate school are strongly encouraged to pursue the B.A. degree option.

Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in Social Studies (grades 6-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in Secondary Education. This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor.  (See Teacher Education minor - Social Studies)

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   HIS 498 Senior Seminar
   HIS 499 Senior Thesis

Degree Specific Requirements

   COM 201 Public Speaking 3
   Foreign Language (200-level or above) for the B.A. degree 6
   PSC 101, 202, 203, or 205 for the B.S. degree 6

 Required Courses (15 hours)

   HIS 201 American History to 1865 3
   HIS 202 American History since 1865 3
   HIS 101 Western Civilization I 3
   HIS 205 Europe 1500-1789 3
   HIS 206 Europe 1789-1945 3
   HIS 398 Historiography 3
   HIS 498 Senior Seminar (Experiential Component) 2
   HIS 499 Senior Thesis (Experiential Component) 1

Non-Western History (Choose 6 hours from the following):

   HIS 371 China 3
   HIS 373 India 3
   HIS 374 Southeast Asia 3
   HIS 375 Subsaharan Africa 3
   HIS 378 North Africa 3
   HIS 380 Latin America 3
   HIS 382 U.S.-Latin American Relations 3

Major Electives (12 hours)
Any 300/400-level history courses not used to satisfy the above requirements.  HIS 220 may also be used.

Total Hours Required in Major    39
(minor required)