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World History

This is the most comprehensive of the history majors, with requirements that diversify the degree to cover as much of the world as can be done in a 40-credit undergraduate degree.  Like all majors, this one requires the completion of two courses unique to history students (HIS-200 and HIS-490), and then three courses from the 200-level surveys of regional history.

Along with that foundation, the history major requires the completion of other course from a list which covers the history of women, gender and sexuality; two courses on U.S. history; and other courses on different regions of the world.

This major can be completed as either a B.A. or a B.S.


A Degree in History:  BA or BS?

Along with choosing a major program in history, you will need to choose the degree -- that is, whether that major is a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. We can broadly describes the differences between the two; specific and up-to-date requirements are in the undergraduate course catalog in the tab above.
With the B.A., you spend up to two years learning a modern language; with the B.S., you conduct additional coursework in the sciences. This is an important decision with long-term implications. Think about the following:

  • Will you have the language skills to succeed in the workplace?
  • Do you see yourself living in a major metropolitan area where business and public affairs are regularly conducted in languages other than English?
  • Are you thinking about graduate studies in history? Most Ph.D. programs require the ability to read in at least one language other than English.
  • Are you considering international journalism or business?
  • Do you already have, or plan to take, additional courses in the sciences that might not count towards a B.A.?
  • Are your interests in history linked to scientific, medical, or technological issues?
  • Will you work in the public sector, in education or health?

For many outcomes, it is likely that you will need to work in a language other than English to succeed. UWL offers training in Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian and other modern languages. Explore the options! If you have already completed language training in High School, you may already be ahead of the game. See the Department of Modern Languages for additional information on this topic.
For the B.A., you will need to complete the equivalent of two years of training in a modern language.
For the B.S., you will need to complete one additional course related to the sciences, and also a research-emphasis course or sequence of courses in the major; for History, this is HIS 490.
Regardless of whether you complete the BA or BS degree , you will still need to decide on your major.

History Major with World History Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Sample degree plan for History Major with World History Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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