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History Majors

The History degree prepares students for a wide range of careers. For the degree, you will devote about a third of your time to fulfilling the university core curriculum requirements, a third to courses in History, and a third to electives. For assistance in planning out your course of study, make an appointment with Thomas Price ( in the College of Liberal Arts Advisement office, Ms. Melanye Merryll ( in the College of Education and Human Services, or with Dr. Joseph Sramek (, the program's Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Courses in the history program span all the chronological and geographical areas of historical study and are taught by professors in classes small enough for dialogue between students and professors. A major in history consists of thirty-six semester hours of history courses for the B. A. and thirty-three hours of history courses for the B. S. Normally course selection should represent three areas of history (United States history, European history, and either Asian, African, Middle Eastern or Latin American history) and be distributed chronologically as well as geographically. Students must also complete a minimum of four courses at the 400 level and they must write a research paper in history. The paper is completed in History 392. History 392 must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher. The 392 paper meets the College of Liberal Arts Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.

All history majors should meet with the program's and the college-level undergraduate advisers each semester to keep up to date the records of their progress toward the degree and to receive advance approval of their courses. It is especially important that students meet with the History program adviser upon entering SIUC and the semester before graduation. A "C" average in the major is required for graduation. A 2.75 average in the major is required before student teaching will be approved by the program.

Transfer students should report to the History program prior to their first semester of attendance. Normally the program will accept a substantial part of the credits in history taken in other accredited institutions. In every case, transfer students must take at least 18 semester hours in history at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts)

Learn more about earning a B. A. degree in History from the College of Liberal Arts.

Bachelor of Arts (Online)

The History Program at SIU offers a fully online B.A. in History. The requirements are the same as for on-campus students and all required courses are offered along with a range of electives to complete your degree.

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Bachelor of Science (Education)

Learn more about earning a B. S. degree in History Education from the College of Education and Human Services.