History

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in History must complete:

  • General Education requirements (43-60 hours, depending on History Option)
  • History Core courses (15 hours)
  • One of the three History Options:
    • A. History
    • B. History - Pre-Law
    • C. History - Teacher Certification

Additional information:

** Useful on-line History Study Guides on reading, researching, writing, citing sources, and giving presentations **

Spring 2013

History majors at Spring Commencement, with Dr. Walter Kretchik (far left) and Dr. Simon Cordery (right)

I. General Education Requirements

History (Option A) majors: 60-semester-hour College and WIU General Education

History's Pre-Law (Option B) majors: 60-semester-hour College & WIU General Education, including POLS 122 and PHIL 205.

History - Teacher Certification (Option C) majors: 43-semester-hour WIU General Education, including ANTH 110, ECON 100 or ECON 231, GEOG 100, GEOG 121, METR 120, PSY 100, REL 110 or REL 111, and a General Education Math course..

II. History Core Courses (15 s.h.)

  1. HIST 105 American History to 1877 - 3 s.h.
  2. HIST 106 American History since 1877 - 3 s.h.
  3. HIST 115 World History to 1500 - 3 s.h.
  4. HIST 116 World History since 1500 - 3 s.h.
  5. HIST 201 Historical Methods - 3 s.h.

III. Options of Study (Select A, B, or C)

A. History
  1. Hist 491 (WID course, 3 s.h.)

  2. History Directed Electives (18 s.h.)

  3. U.S. History (Area I) - 6 s.h.
    • European History (Area II) - 6 s.h.
    • Non-Western History (Area III) - 6 s.h.
      At least 15 semester hours of History Directed Electives must be at the 300 or 400 level.
    • Open Electives (1-5 s.h.)
  4. Minor (any field, 16 - 20 s.h.)
B. History -- Pre-Law
  1. Hist 491 (WID course, 3 s.h.)
  2. Additional Required History Courses (12 s.h.)
    • History 303 (American Legal History) - 3 s.h.
    • History 333 (Britain to 1688) - 3 s.h.
    • History 351(American Revolution and the New Nation) - 3 s.h.
    • History 426 (The Enlightenment) - 3 s.h.

  3. Directed Electives
    • Non-Western History Course (Area III) - 3 s.h.
    • Any Upper Division History Course - 3 s.h.
    • ENG 383; PHIL 420; POLS 226, 319, 410 or 411, 448; SOC 355 - 6 s.h.
    • PHIL 205 and POLS 1226 s.h.

  4. Minor (any field, 18 s.h.)
C. History -- Teacher Certification
  1. Hist 420 (Illinois History, WID course, 3 s.h.)

  2. History Directed Electives (minimum of 24 s.h.)
    • U.S. History (Area I) min. 9 s.h.
    • European History (Area II) min. 6 s.h.
    • Non-Western History (Area III) min. 6 s.h.
      At least 9 semester hours of History Directed Electives must be at the 400 level.

  3. Other Directed Electives (9 s.h.)
    • GEOG 110, POLS 122, and POLS 267 - 9 s.h.
    • HIST 307, 329 POLS 228, or 331 - 3 s.h.
  4. Other Required Courses (41 s.h.) 

    • ENG 366 or RDG 387 2 s.h.
    • EIS 201, 301, 303 (2 s.h.), 304 (s.h.), 305, and 401 - 13 s.h.
    • SSEd 439, 449 - 6 s.h.
    • C&I 403 - 4 s.h.
    • SPED 210, 390 - 4 s.h.
    • STCH 480 - 12 s.h. 

For further information about majoring in History at Western Illinois University, please contact the Department of History at (309) 298-1053 or contact the Department Chair, Dr. Jennifer McNabb, or the Undergraduate Advisor, Ralph Heissinger.

Dr. Lee Brice (center) with History majors Katie Spear and Conor Stiles at Undergraduate Research Day