Jun 18, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

History (B.A.)

Program: B.A.
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 209 ~ 260-481-6686 ~ipfw.edu/history

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Possess broad knowledge and some specialized understanding of the diverse historical pasts of America, Europe, and the World;
  • Understand the basic scientific and humanistic methodology of history as an intellectual discipline including the direct experience of evaluating primary sources and secondary literature;
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, analyze, and write about historic topics;
  • Recognize historical analyses of human experience as the basic outlook of modern culture; and
  • Be equipped to continue historical studies throughout life.

To earn the B.A. with a major in history, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (Regulations ), the College of Arts and Sciences (Colleges ), and those listed below.

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

General Education Requirements    

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

English Writing and Speaking

  • HIST H125 - Great Debates:  Introduction to Historical Communication
  • HIST H217 - The Nature of History

(credits included in major courses section below)

Foreign Language

Distribution (not in HIST)

Cultural Studies

  • Credits in non-Western culture:  Credits: 3
  • HIST H113 - History of Western Civilization 1:  Credits: 0*

(*credits included in major courses section below)

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses

  • Credits in upper-level American History:  6 credits
  • Credits in upper-level Western European History*:  6 credits
  • Credits in upper-level World History*:  6 credits
  • Additional credits in History:  3 credits

*HIST H232 may not be used to filfill the Western European History or World History requirements, but may be used for additional credit toward the major or minor.

General Elective Courses

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120

Honors In History

As an entering student, you could become eligible for the History Honors Program by scoring above 600 on the SAT I verbal test or the CEEB history achievement test; thereafter, you must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher or be recommended by a member of the department for admission. Admission to the degree program requires that you submit a written petition to  the department no later than the end of your junior year.

In addition to fulfilling the B.A. requirements, completion of the program requires:

  • a GPA of 3.3 or higher in history and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • 9 credits of honors courses, including 6 in history
  • satisfactory completion in HIST K499 of an honors thesis
  • satisfactory defense of the honors thesis.