Undergraduate Programs in History


As a liberal arts major, you’ve heard it before: “What are you going to do with that History degree?”

Get a job, that’s what!

We know that academic counseling and career mentoring foster student success. History students are mentored by faculty so they have clear pathways for academic goals. We also work closely with students to identify their passion and provide information about a wide variety of employment opportunities available for their degree.

Whether you are considering graduate or professional school, museum/historic site work, or recognize that your liberal arts degree makes you well-suited for several industries, we’ll work with you to develop career goals and guide your professional development so you can put your degree to work for you as soon as you graduate.

History General Program (BA)

History Department information  

For a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in history, the student is expected to complete a balanced program of studies in history, the other social sciences, and the humanities as approved by the advisor.


A. History

Thirty-nine or more credits in history, to include:

  • HIS 120 - United States to 1865 (3)
  • HIS 121 - United States since 1865 (3)
  • HIS 299 - Introduction to History (3)


  • Two from:

  • HIS 112 - World History to 1400 (3)
  • HIS 113 - World History: 1400 to 1900 (3)
  • HIS 114 - Twentieth Century World History (3)

  • A course in non-western history from:

  • HIS 336 - Africa in Modern Times, 1800 to Present (3)
  • HIS 339 - History of Mexico (3)
  • HIS 371 - Japan from Antiquity to 1300 (3)
  • HIS 376 - History of Modern China (3)
  • HIS 377 - Japan from 1300 to 1800 (3)
  • HIS 378 - Emergence of Japan as a Global Power (3)
  • HIS 380 - History of Modern India and South Asia (3)
  • HIS 477 - Japan: Age of Samurai (3)

  • Depending on the content, HIS 393  may also satisfy the non-western history requirement.  Please consult with an advisor.


  • Six additional courses in history, at least four at the 300 level or higher, excluding HIS 301, so distributed as to give the student a comprehensive knowledge of several fields.  Students should consult a department advisor prior to selecting these courses.

  • HIS 301 - History Capstone Seminar (3) (normally elected in the senior year)

B. Additional Requirements

All requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Bachelor of Arts  degree, including General Education requirements  and additional BA distribution requirements

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits

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History Honors Program (BA)

History Department information  

Prospective Honors Program students are urged to acquaint themselves as early as possible with the requirements below, as well as with the particular procedures for acceptance into the History Department’s Honors Program. See the Honors Program Director for this information.

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Historic Preservation Minor Program

Historic Preservation Minor

The Historic Preservation Minor introduces students to careers and methods for exploring and protecting the places, objects and stories that create our history. Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides a diverse foundation in the field’s major disciplines, including architectural history, archaeology, public history and preservation.

Our program emphasizes the cultural relationships between people, objects and buildings and teaches students to preserve the stories that give those material things meaning. Our unique curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in architectural history, archaeology, preservation and public history. Because the history is campus leader in experiential learning and civic engagement, our students learn preservation by doing preservation, and we take full advantage of the architecture and living laboratory that surrounds us. We employ the buildings, objects and places in the city of flint and Genesee County to help students develop valuable skill sets.

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History Minor

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*HIS 479 does count towards a course in Asian History