This course may be taken prior to or during the same term.
|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Department:||History and Philosophy|
Building 50, Room 106
|College:||Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities|
|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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 2010||United States to 1877||3|
|AMH 2020||United States since 1877||3|
|EUH 1000||Western Perspectives I||3|
|EUH 1001||Western Perspectives II||3|
|HIS 2050||Explore Gender and Diversity||3|
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|
|Please take four of the following:||12|
|United States to 1877|
|United States since 1877|
|Western Perspectives I|
|Western Perspectives II|
|Explore Gender and Diversity Students take 4 of the 5 foundational courses. Incoming freshmen must take Explore! History as 1 foundational course.|
|HIS 3002||The Historian's Craft +||3|
|HIS 3930||Junior 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 4935||Senior Seminar +||3|
Courses included in the major GPA
Upper Division Electives
|Student 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|