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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History

305 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2882
Fax: 330-672-2943


The Bachelor of Arts in History appeals to individuals seeking both a well-rounded educational experience and intellectual independence. The study of history, through the emphasis on research, examination, interpretation and reflection, offers thorough training in a range of skills, including the ability to read extensively and critically; the capability to apprehend, evaluate and analyze complex evidence, arguments and opinions; the know-how to develop and present a carefully informed, reasoned and crafted argument; confident and clear oral communication skills; and the capacity to undertake independent work and manage time effectively.

Career Opportunities

Majoring in History provides a foundation for a number of careers and post-graduate programs. Traditionally, a large number of pre-law students major in history in order to benefit from the critical thinking and writing skills necessary to analyze and process evidence; then learning to make a strong case using evidence. Many teachers and librarians also major in history before attending an M.A. or M.LIS. (MLA) program. Professions within history itself have grown over the years and as states such as Ohio invest more in tourism, park systems and heritage sites these public history fields will continue to grow. Likewise, many of our students go on to national and international careers in public history. The department of History also offers a Master of Arts and Ph.D. program in History, as well as a new Master of Arts in History for Teachers.

Undergraduate majors can consider these post-graduate programs along with other nationally competitive programs to which our majors have been accepted.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students..

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Develop the ability to understand and apply a variety of basic historical method.

2. Develop and apply the skills to conduct original historical research. Students will learn to find, use, and analyze historical evidence and communicate their findings in an effective manner.

3.Obtain historical content knowledge and understand the connectedness of historical events and the wide varieties of human experiences.

4. Understand History as a discipline based on interpretation with historical questions constantly being reframed and investigated.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

History Club, Phi Alpha Theta

Advanced Degree Programs

History: History, Public History, History for Teachers (M.A.), Art History (M.A.), Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.)


Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (36 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
HIST 11050 World History: Ancient and Medieval 3
  11051 World History: Modern 3
  12070 History of the U.S.: Formative Period 3
  12071 History of the U.S.: Modern Period 3
WIC   32050 The Historian's Craft** 3
    49091 Senior Seminar in History 3
  United States History Electives
Choose from the following:
  HIST 31040 American History through Popular Music (3)  
    31061 History of Ohio (3)  
    31075 History of Women in the United States (3)  
    31080 African-American History: Slavery to Freedom (3)  
    31081 African-American History: Reconstruction to the Present (3)  
    38095 Special Topics in United States History (3)  
    40197 American Cultural Heritage: The Arts and Society (3)  
    41000 Introduction to Public History (3)  
DD   41056 History of Colonial America, 1492-1714 (3)  
DD   41057 Eighteenth Century America, 1714-1789 (3)  
    41058 Jefferson-Jackson Era, 1789-1848 (3)  
    41062 The United States: The Westward Movement (3)  
    41065 Sectional Conflict and Civil War (3)  
    41066 Reconstruction and the Later South (3)  
    41070 American Social and Intellectual History, 1790-1876 (3)  
    41071 American Social and Intellectual History, 1876-Present (3)  
    41075 War and Society in the United States from 1607-1865 (3)  
    41076 War and Society in the United States from 1865-Present (3)  
    41077 The Great Depression in America (3)  
    41079 Migrations to America, 1607-Present (3)  
    41083 U.S. Foreign Relations through World War I (3)  
    41084 U.S. Foreign Relations from 1920 (3)  
    41085 The Sixties in America (3)  
    41087 Progressive America: The United States, 1896-1919 (3)  
    41088 New Era through World War: The United States, 1920-1945 (3)  
    41089 Recent America: The United States, 1945-Present (3)  
WIC   48697 Colloquium: U.S. Middle Period: 1820-1900 (3)  
    48797 Colloquium in African American History to 1877 (3)  
    48897 Colloquium in African American History Since 1877 (3)  
    49095 Special Topics in United States History (3)  
  European History Since 1500 Electives
Choose from the following:
  HIST 31024 World War II (3)  
    31027 History of England to 1688 (3)  
    31028 England Since 1688 (3)  
    31030 NATO: The Enduring Alliance (3)  
    31050 History and Society of Modern Greece (3)  
    31052 History of Modern France (3)  
    31053 Modern Europe, from 1815 to Present (3)  
    38195 Special Topics in Europe Since 1500 (3)  
    41016 The Protestant and Catholic Reformations (3)  
    41017 Seventeenth-Century Europe (3)  
    41020 Nineteenth-Century Europe (3)  
    41024 Modern European History, 1914-1945 (3)  
    41025 Modern European History, 1945-Present (3)  
    41032 Consumption and Mass Culture in Modern Europe (3)  
    41033 Women and Gender in Modern Europe (3)  
    41041 History of Germany, 1871-Present (3)  
    41044 Imperial Russia, 1689-1917 (3)  
    41045 Modern Russia, 1917-Present (3)  
    41051 Politics, Culture and Society of 20th-Century Europe (3)  
    41060 Comparative Fascism (3)  
    41129 The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry, 1938-1945 (3)  
    41789 The French Revolution and Napoleon (3)  
  42497 Colloquium: Women in Modern Europe (3)  
WIC   43797 Colloquium in Victorian England (3)  
    49195 Special Topics in Europe Since 1500 (3)  
  African, Ancient, Medieval, Latin American and Asian History Electives
Choose from the following:
  HIST 31112 Chinese Civilization (3)  
    31118 Vietnam War (3)  
    31125 Zionism and Israel (3)  
    31126 History of the Middle East (3)  
    31127 Ancient and Early Medieval Jewish History (3)  
    31128 Late Medieval and Modern Jewish History (3)  
    31130 History of African Civilization (3)  
 DG   31140 Modern Latin America (3)  
    31141 Early Latin America (3)  
    38295 Special Topics in Global History (3)  
    41003 History of Ancient Greece (3)  
    41006 Roman History (3)  
    41010 The Early Middle Ages (3)  
    41011 The High Middle Ages (3)  
    41014 Europe in the Renaissance (3)  
    41097 Colloquium: Saints, Monks and the Medieval Community (3)  
    41112 History of Modern China (3)  
    41116 History of Japan (3)  
    41132 History of Africa, 1880-Present (3)  
    42140 The Sixties: A Third World View (3)  
    42141 Comparative Third World Revolutions (3)  
    42142 Afro-Latin America (3)  
WIC   42297 Colloquium: China and Japan (3)  
    43097 Colloquium: Medieval Russia (3)  
    49295 Special Topics in Global History (3)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language*** 14-20
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)**** 3
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)***** 3
  General Electives (minimum 18 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
TOTAL  121

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

**A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

*** Fulfills College General Requirement.

****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

*****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

a. Intermediate I and II of the same language
b. Elementary I and II of a second language
c. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    -Intermediate I of the same language
    -MCLS 10001 Introduction to Structural Concepts for Language Students
    -MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness
    -MCLS 20091 Seminar: Global Literacy Case Studies

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.