Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Department:Building 50, Room 106
(850) 474-2680
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. 

History Capstone Experience: All majors are required to complete the History Capstone Experience, which produces a student-assembled, student-maintained portfolio of their final research paper from The Historian's Craft, Junior Seminar and completion of a Senior Capstone Experience.  Students may not complete the Junior Seminar until successful completion of The Historian's Craft.

Seniors may not complete their Capstone Experience until successful completion of the Junior Seminar.  The Senior Capstone Experience includes a final research paper completed in an upper-level history course.  The course must be a regularly-scheduled course taught by a member of the regular line History faculty and fall in the student’s final fall or spring semester. 

The History Capstone Experience cannot be embedded in a lower-level History course, a summer course, a course from another discipline, or a directed study and cannot be contracted with a faculty member from another discipline or a member of the adjunct History faculty. The History Capstone Experience must be arranged via a contract between the student and professor at the beginning of
the student’s final semester of coursework and should represent the student’s best work. 

At the heart of the History Capstone Experience is the research/writing component, which might be a major paper or a series of shorter analytical papers, an individual project or an individual’s contribution to a larger group/class project, a documentary, a simulation exercise, a series of oral histories, and/or in-class presentations. 

The research/writing component should meet most, if not all, of the expectations of the History Capstone Experience, which are linked to the five domains of the History Academic Learning Compact: content knowledge, critical-thinking, communication, ethics and integrity, and project management.  Consult with your academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites. The final assessment is a comparison, with a rubric, of the final papers for The Historian's Craft, Junior Seminar, and Senior Capstone Experience.  The student must maintain this portfolio.