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B.A. History

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Bachelor of Science in History

We offer five curricula in history and three in interdisciplinary studies, plus a minor in history and a certificate program in African and African Diaspora Studies.

A degree in History provides students with a critical intellectual framework to assess and understand human affairs. The degree is made up of 120 credit hours that include classes in History, Geography, Political Science among others.

What to Expect as a History Student

Expect to begin developing how to be a creative and flexible problem solver who can make sound judgments and communicate your ideas effectively. Your courses will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of how the major civilizations have shaped human behavior over time and space. You should have a working knowledge and an appreciation of the world's cultural diversity.

Degree at a glance

  • Average Class Size: 20
  • Classes are offered online, evenings, and afternoons.

Where will my degree take me??

The BA in History prepares students for a multitude of job opportunities, including : Archivist, Interpreter, Lawyer, Librarian, Museum Curator, Park Ranger, Policy Advisor, Politician, Researcher, Strategist, Teacher


General Core Credit Hours
SEM 101, 102, 201 Spartan Seminars 3
ENG 101 Communications Skills I 3
ENG-102 Communications Skills II 3
SCM-285 Principles of Speech 3
MTH-103 College Math or higher 3
PED-100 Physical Fitness or higher 1
HED-100 Personal and Community Health 2
Humanities: ENG, 207, FIA 201 or MUS 301 3
BIO-100 Biology 3
BIO-100L Biology Lab or SCI-100L Physical Science Lab 1
SCI-100 Physical Science 3
CSC-150 or CSC-200 Computer Science 3
Social Science: BUS-175, SOC-101, or ECN-200 3
ENG-383 African American Literature or MUS- 234 African American Music 3
HIS-335, HIS-336, or HIS-371 African American or African History 3


History Core Requirements Credit Hours
HIS-100 and HIS-101 World History and HIS-102 and HIS-103 U.S. History 12
HIS-205 Introduction to History 3
HIS-305 3 Rs of History 3
HIS-497 Historical Research 3
U.S. History Electives* 6
Atlantic World History** 6
GEO-130 Principles of Geography 3
HIS-494 Internship 3
History Electives 12
History Electives: Skill or topic focus, choose from the options below 12
Geography Electives: 300-400 level courses 6
Electives 11

* Choose two courses from the following: HIS-310, HIS-311, HIS-312, HIS-313, HIS-314, HIS-315, HIS-328, HIS-335, HIS-336, HIS-337, HIS-346, HIS-377, HIS-380, HIS-410, HIS-418, HIS-420, HIS-438, HIS-439, HIS-444, HIS-448, HIS-490C

** Choose two courses from the following: HIS-320, HIS-341, HIS-346, HIS-360, HIS-361, HIS-365, HIS-370, HIS-371, HIS 372, HIS-446, HIS-492

Skills/Complementary Topic Focus (choose two of the following tracks – Minimum of 6 Hours each track) (Must be courses not used to fulfill either NSU’s General Education, History Core or History Electives Requirements)

  • Foreign Language: ARA, FRN, JPN, SPN, SWA, RUS – 6 hours at level 100 or higher
  • Technology: GIS course and/or two computer courses 200-400 level
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: INT-308; plus choose one: INT-375, INT-411, INT-412
  • Geography & Spatial Focus: 6 hours in 300-400 level Geography classes
  • Religion Focus: 6 hour in Religion classes
  • Public History Focus: 6 hours of 300-400 level history classes on public history
  • History of Difference/Diversity Studies: 6 hours of 300-400 level History, Geography or Interdisciplinary Studies classes on disability, gender or race (examples: HIS 337, HIS 494M)