Saint Louis University

History Major (B.A.)

History majors are educated in basic intellectual and communication skills that are valued in business, journalism, public service, law, and many other fields. In recent years, undergraduates have augmented studies in history with education, political science, foreign language, or business administration--combinations which have proven attractive in medicine, business, and government service.

Saint Louis University history students learn to interpret a variety of sources and develop skills of finding relevant information and evidence and the ability to articulate an argument. They practice clear and forceful writing. Students who major in history must complete thirty-six hours of history courses, including two introductory History courses required of all students in the College of Arts and Sciences and twenty-seven hours of upper-division courses.

University Core Requirements and Prerequisites

  • HIST 111: Origins of the Modern World to 1600.
  • HIST 112: Origins of the Modern World since 1600.

Introductory Courses Requirements

  • HIST 299: The Historian's Craft

Upper Division Requirements

In addition to History 111, 112, and 299, majors must complete twenty-seven hours of upper-division History courses (260 and higher level) . With the approval of a student's mentor, a student will be encouraged to choose a concentration and pursue it through elective study. Two upper-division courses in fields closely related to History may be substituted to fulfill six hours of this requirement. The same course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for more than one major or the core. The twenty-seven hour requirement must include 3 hours each of pre- and post-1500 history and 3 hours in each of the following:

  • 3 hours of European history.
  • 3 hours of pre-1865 U.S. history.
  • 3 hours of post-1865 U.S. history.
  • 3 hours of non-western history, including Asian, African, Middle Eastern, or Latin American.
  • 12 hours upper-level electives (200 level or above).
    • Students may substitute an approved historical internship for one of the required upper-level elective courses.
  • 3 hours of senior seminar.
    • Seminar Prerequisite: two History courses level 270 and above and instructor approval

***Note:The Department revised its major and minor programs in the spring of 2013. If you are a major or minor enrolled in our previous program, consult the bingo sheets for the previous major and previous minor. If you are uncertain as to whether you have chosen the previous or the revised program, consult with your mentor.***

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