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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Major, B.A.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

History Program Information

Box 70672
Phone (423) 439-4222
Web address: www.etsu.edu/cas/history/

History is the study of humans as revealed by the past. The study of history is an indispensable intellectual endeavor for students who desire to understand and appreciate the human condition in all its diversity, as well as the historical process that has shaped their personal lives. The Department of History offers a wide array of courses in the history of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States designed to acquaint students with the complexities of today’s multicultural “global village” and to deepen their understanding of the events, opinions, ideas, and facts they will need to make informed political, social, and personal judgments throughout their lives.

The study of history provides an appropriate background for almost any career. The history degree is particularly useful in preparation for professional and graduate studies, such as law and religion. The non-professional historian can find a rewarding career in teaching, archival work, museums, journalism, government, administration, and other occupations that call for a strong liberal arts background.

MINOR: Students majoring in history are required to have a minor, preferably one that complements the major in regard to post-baccalaureate plans. History courses taken as part of the minor program cannot be double-counted as part of a history major, a second major, or another minor.

GPA REQUIREMENTS: History majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all history courses taken, with no grade less than a C in any history course. History majors must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor, unless the minor specifically requires a higher GPA.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: Any courses taken at schools in the Tennessee Board of Regents or University of Tennessee systems will transfer without a problem. Students from non-state schools or private institutions may find that some of their classes will transfer as either general electives to count toward graduation or upper-level history electives, if similar courses are not offered at ETSU. Transfer students must meet the specific requirements for the history major or minor. Regardless of the number of credits in history they transfer, they must take a minimum of two 3000-level course and three 4000-level courses for the major, or one 3000-level course and two 4000-level courses for the minor, at ETSU . Transfer students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all history courses taken, with no grade lower than a C in any history course.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

College of Arts and Sciences B.A. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Foreign Languages Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better * **
Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910 
Non-U.S. History 3 credit hours
Natural Sciences General Education Core
Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Core


* International Students whose native language is not English, and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL), may substitute scores that meet the admission requirements for the foreign language requirement.
** Consult the Literature and Language Department’s placement policy listed at  www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/documents/foreignlanguagerequirement.pdf and in the listing for Foreign Languages in this catalog.


TBR General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

Complete one of the following:

History Major Requirements: 33 Credit Hours


* Satisfies TBR General Education Core Requirement.

** Of the 24 credit hours taken at the 3000 and 4000 levels, at least 6 credits must be taken in each of the general areas of United States, European, and world history.

Minor: 18-27 Credit Hours

Electives: 19-28 Credit Hours

Teaching Program Information

Teacher Education–Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a history teacher in grades 7-12 are asked to see the subject area advisor in the Department of History AND the professional advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel, College of Education.

Pre-Teacher Education–Declaration of Intent–All ETSU students desiring to complete a teacher education or other public school licensure program (for initial licensure, add-on endorsement, or advanced study in education) must file a Declaration of Intent in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework have been completed or, in the case of transfer and post-baccalaureate students, in the first semester at ETSU. Delay or failure to file the Declaration of Intent may result in incomplete advisement. Students who have not filed the Declaration of Intent will not be considered for admission to teacher education and may be ineligible to enroll in many professional education courses.

Professional Education Requirements–There is a total of 36 credit hours required for Professional Education. Please refer to the Secondary Education Minor  section in this catalog for a list of the required courses that must be taken with the professional semester.

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