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Technology and big data drive our modern world, and people trained in history provide the context, cultural fluency, and ethical awareness to make meaning of it. Because they can make these connections, our graduates find good paying and rewarding jobs in expected fields like law, education, and public history, but also in unexpected places like corporate marketing, health care administration, and data analytics. We train individuals to sift through large quantities of information, interpret it, and persuade others to act. Our students are inspired by a diverse and award-winning faculty and by fellow students who are not afraid to question and debate. Many history students double major or minor in other fields. Studying history at the University of Kentucky will position you to succeed in a rapidly changing workforce, but just as importantly, it will fuel your curiosity and give you a deeper understanding of yourself and your world. 


Grow Your Future

A degree in history, much like many of the other liberal arts degree’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 


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:

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.


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

History | Bachelor of Arts

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Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

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The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for federal, local, and state governments. Most work full time and many work more than 40 hours a week.

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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 

Enhancing Your Time at UK

While there are endless ways to create an unforgettable journey as a Wildcat, we can only think of one that gives you the chance to step outside the classroom and into exploring new parts of the world around you: participating in an Education Abroad opportunity! Whether it’s in a study, research, service, or internship program, taking your UK experience international with EA is the most hands-on way for you to expand your global perspective while making yourself a more well-rounded, marketable candidate to future employers no matter your field. As you take these first steps towards investing in your future, EA encourages you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the many suggested opportunities UK Education Abroad & Exchanges has to complement your major! #ukyabroad


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