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History majors are trained to appreciate the significance and relevance of the past in order to understand the varied and diverse historical creators of the present. The program emphasizes the development of critical faculties, including the identification of historical problems, their contextualization, and the ability to interpret, synthesize, and analyze historical texts and sources.

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Grow Your Future

A degree in history, much like many of the other liberal arts degreeā€™s, provides degree holders with a unique set of skills to adapt to an ever changing career environment. A degree in a liberal arts major like history provides individuals with a broader range of skills that can be adapted to a vast reservoir of career fields. 

Career opportunities in History

  • Lawyers
  • Business executives
  • Diplomats
  • Legislators
  • National-security agents
  • Development officers
  • Public-relations managers
  • Museum curators
  • Journalists, editors, and publishers
  • Screenwriters
  • Civil Servants
  • Teachers and educational administrators
  • Information-management specialists

Accelerated Opportunity 

UK BLUE

If you know you want a career in law, then the UK BLUE program may be right for you. Incoming freshmen majoring in History can apply to participate in this 3+3 partnership with UK Law. Students selected for this accelerated program finish their B.A. and J.D. in six years, all while participating in enrichment activities that expose them to the legal, clinical, community service, and career opportunities that a law degree makes possible. For more information, visit the UK BLUE website: https://www.as.uky.edu/uk-blue.

Current Curriculum Information

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  • History (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • History Pre-major Sequences3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • History Pre-major Sequences3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • HIS 301 - HISTORY WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF HISTORY3

    An introduction to the skills of historical research writing. Preferably to be taken during the sophomore year. Required of all history majors.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • History Major Course (200+ level)3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • History Major Course (200+ level)3
  • History Pre-1789 Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • History Pre-1789 Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (200+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • History Post-1789 Course (300+ level)3
  • History Post-1789 Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (200+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Junior Hours31

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • HIS 499 - SENIOR SEMINAR FOR HISTORY MAJORS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    All History majors must complete a senior seminar with a grade of C or better. Topics may vary, but a major is required.

  • Course Outside History (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • U.S. History (300+ level)3
  • European History (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside History (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside History (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • History (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • History Pre-major Sequences3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • History Pre-major Sequences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • History Major Course (200+ level)3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • History Major Course (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • HIS 301 - HISTORY WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF HISTORY3

    An introduction to the skills of historical research writing. Preferably to be taken during the sophomore year. Required of all history majors.

  • History Pre-1789 Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • History Pre-1789 Course (300+ level)3
  • History Post-1789 Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (200+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • HIS 499 - SENIOR SEMINAR FOR HISTORY MAJORS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    All History majors must complete a senior seminar with a grade of C or better. Topics may vary, but a major is required. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • European History (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Non-Western History (300+ level)3
  • U.S. History (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Senior Hours33

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

History is the study of the most important and exciting events that have ever occurred, providing students with a wide ranging introduction to modern societies, cultures, and global events. The program provides rigorous instruction in critical thinking, writing, and composition. As one of the broadest and most diverse disciplines in academia, history provides students with connections to numerous other programs and opportunities across campus.

 
History B.A. Four Year Plan History B.S. Four Year Plan

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in biological, physical, mathematical and/or computer sciences. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30


Premajor Requirements 

  • Choose a History Sequence Course from the following: HIS 104/105 - History of Europe, HIS 106/107 - Western Culture: Science and Technology, HIS 108/109 - History of the United States [6 hours]

Total Hours - 6

Major Requirements 

Core Requirements 

  • HIS 301 - History Workshop - Introduction to the Study of History [3 hours]
  • HIS 499 - Senior Seminar for History Majors [3 hours]

Other Course Work Required by the Major

  • Choose 24 hours to include at least 6 hours in pre-1789 work; at least 6 hours in post-1789 work; at least 3 hours in American history; at least 3 hours of European history; at least 3 hours in the history of Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East. At least 15 hours must be at the 300+ level. [24 hours]

Course Work from Outside the Department

  • Choose 15 hours outside History at the 300+ level, or 200+ level courses used to satisfy College requirements can also be counted here            [15 hours]

Total Hours - 45


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A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at asrecruting@uky.edu. 


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