Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Department:History and Philosophy
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College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:54.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in History is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to research and interpret the past. Emphasis is placed upon active participation in the creative process of historical inquiry. 

Students planning to go to graduate school are strongly advised to attain proficiency in foreign languages.

Students interested in obtaining certification to teach this subject area in secondary education need to contact an advisor in this department to carefully plan the course work to satisfy degree and some teacher certification requirements. A degree in this major is required for participation in teacher education certification options.

Program Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the B.A. in History must meet the requirements listed below.

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all major courses. 

Majors are required to take and pass with a "C" or higher, HIS 3002 The Historian's Craft; HIS 3930 Junior Seminar; and HIS 4935 Senior Seminar

Students in History are assessed in the Senior Seminar.  In the Senior Seminar, students will work closely with the instructor to create a substantial and original research paper based on primary sources. This course requires the student to utilize a broad range of skills required of a historian and is assessed according to the department's ALC. 

History Specialization

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Consult with your academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites.

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b)

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

The lower division courses in history with AMH, EUH, LAH, ASH, HIS, or WOH prefixes. Choosing two from the following list is highly recommended:

AMH 2010United States to 18773
AMH 2020United States since 18773
EUH 1000Western Perspectives I3
EUH 1001Western Perspectives II3
HIS 2050Explore History3

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. 18-21
Total Hours18-21


Please take four of the following:12
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
Western Perspectives I
Western Perspectives II
Explore History Students take 4 of the 5 foundational courses. Incoming freshmen must take Explore! History as 1 foundational course.
HIS 3002The Historian's Craft +3
HIS 3930Junior Seminar +3
Two 3000/4000 level American History (AMH) courses +6
Two 3000/4000 level European History (EUH) courses +6
3000/4000 level course with AFH, ASH, or LAH prefix +3
Three 3000/4000 level History courses with AFH, AMH, ASH, EUH, HIS, or LAH prefixes +9
HIS 4935Senior Seminar +3
Total Hours45

Courses included in the major GPA

Upper Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.15
Total Hours15

A minimum grade of “C” is required in all minor courses.


History majors may not earn this minor. A Minor in History consists of 15 sh of upper-level course work in a planned program which includes:

U.S. History6
European History6
History elective3
Total Hours15