Baylor University
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

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Undergraduate Degree Requirements

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Take a look at a sample 4-yr degree plan for history majors.

Requirements for a Major in History

Thirty-six semester hours of history including the following:
  • History Sequence of HIS 1305, HIS 1307, HIS 2365, HIS 2366 and HIS 2395
  • An additional six semester hours in American History
  • An additional six semester hours in European History
  • An additional six semester hours in African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History
  • An additional 3 semester hours of history electives
  • At least nine of the thirty-six semester hours must be at the "4000" level.
  • Students completing World Cultures I, II, III, and IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core receive credit toward the major for HIS 1305 and HIS 1307.
  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in HIS courses used for the major

Requirements for a Major in History (Secondary Education Concentration)

Thirty-six semester hours of history including the following:
  • HIS 1305, 1307, 2365, 2366, and 2395
  • An additional six semester hours in American history
  • An additional six semester hours in European history
  • An additional six semester hours in Global history (African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern)
  • An additional three semester hours of history electives
  • At least nine of the thirty-six semester hours must be at the "4000" level
  • Students completing World Cultures I, II, III, and IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core receive credit toward the major for HIS 1305 and 1307
  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in HIS courses used for major

    Requird courses in other fields:
  • TED 2112
  • TED 2340
  • TED 3340
  • TED 3341
  • TED 3385
  • TED 3386
  • TED 4341
  • TED 4640 and 4641 or TED 4642 and 4643
  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all courses required in other fields

  • This program is designed for the students interested in history education and certification to teach secondary history

    Requirements for a Secondary Major in History

    Thirty-three semester hours of history including the following:

    • HIS 1305,1307, 2365, 2366, and 2395
    • An additional six semester hours in American History
    • An additional six semester hours in European history
    • An additional six semester hours in Global history (African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern)
    • At least nine of the thirty-three semester hours must be at the "4000" level
    • Students completing World Cultures I, II, III, and IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core receive credit toward the major for HIS 1305 and HIS 1307
    • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in HIS courses used for the major
    • Requirements for a Minor in History

      Eighteen semester hours of history including the following:

      • Three courses from HIS 1305, 1307, 2365, or 2366
      • Nine of the eighteen semester hours must be at the "3000" or "4000" level
      • Students completing World Cultures I, II, III, and IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core receive credit toward the minor for HIS 1305 and HIS 1307
      Recommended electives in other fields include courses from anthropology, English, foreign languages, philosophy, political science, and sociology. A complete description of each course offered by the History Department is available on the course descriptions page.


      Baylor University Requirements for All Bachelor of Arts Degrees

      For full details on requirements for the BA, please see the university's undergraduate catalog.
      • Minimum requirement
        124 semester hours. Some programs may exceed the minimum.
      • Residence requirement
        Minimum sixty semester hours including the last thirty hours. Note: After matriculation, a student may transfer a maximum of fifteen semester hours to Baylor.
      • Grade point average
        Minimum of 2.00 ("C") overall and also in the major and minor for work at Baylor. Some departments require a "C" or better in every course applying to the major or minor.
      • English
        Because strong writing skills are essential for success in all academic programs, students should take writing courses early in their academic careers. ENG 1302 must be included in the first sixty semester hours of college work. Students with more than 60 hours who have not taken ENG 1304 must take either a special section of ENG 1304 for upperclassmen or ENG 3300. Students majoring in the sciences may elect to take ENG 3300 instead of ENG 1304. If a student takes ENG 3300 rather than ENG 1304 to fulfill the general education requirements, the course will not count toward either the B.A. in English major nor the English minor.
      • Foreign language
        a. Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin,
        Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili may be used.
        b. Students who have taken courses in Spanish, French, or German need to take the placement test in that language, given at the Language Acquisition Center, 300 Draper. These test scores will help advisers place students at the most appropriate level to begin their foreign language study at Baylor.
        c. If a student has taken high school courses in a language for which a placement test is unavailable, the student should consult with the department (Modern Foreign Languages or Classics) to determine the appropriate level at which to begin foreign language courses at Baylor.
        d. The Spanish alternatives for the third and fourth level courses are SPA 2311 or 2312, which can be substituted for SPA 2310 and SPA 2321 or 2322, which can be substituted for SPA 2320. FRE/GER/JPN 2312 can be substituted for FRE/GER/JPN 2310.
      • PSC 2302
        If both PSC 1305 and 1306 are transferred from another institution prior to admission to Baylor University, those courses may be substituted for PSC 2302 if the major is not Political Science.
      • Teacher Certification
        Students seeking teacher certification should contact the School of
        Education for complete requirements.
      • Human Performance
        a. To be completed during the fi rst consecutive semesters.
        b. It is waived for students who have reached age 25 at the time of matriculation to Baylor; veterans (one semester hour per 135 days active duty); students in Aerospace Studies (one hour per semester selected from AS 1111, 1112, 2111, 2112; laboratory required); students in Military Science (one hour per semester selected from MILS 1111, 1112, 2111, 2112; laboratory required); athletic participants (one hour for sport participation, maximum waiver two semesters); marching band (one hour for each fall semester). One hour of CCS 1100 may substitute for one semester of HP on the B.A., B.F.A., B.S., B.S.F.C.S., and B.S.A.S. degrees.
        c. For those students with physical disabilities, an adaptive and/or academically oriented
        program will be provided. Students with disabilities should present to coordinators at registration a medical statement from the Baylor physician outlining the nature of their disability and recommendation for activity.
        d. A maximum of four activity courses may be counted on a degree program.
        e. HED 1145 will not apply as an activity HP alternative for students who have completed BIC 1212.
        f. For further information see the Division of Non-major Human Performance in the School of Education section of this catalog.
      • Chapel
        Students entering as freshmen or who transfer as freshmen or sophomores are required to attend two semesters of Chapel. Students who transfer to Baylor and are classified as juniors or seniors must attend one semester of Chapel.