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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Major, B.S.

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Department Information

Department of History
PO 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, business, administration, and other occupations that call for strong critical thinking and communication skills

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.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Dr. Doug Burgess
(423) 439-6691


Melanie Storie
(423) 439-8558

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in History should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Doug Burgess, Professor and Chair at burgess@etsu.edu or (423) 439-6691.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 39 credits
     Major Core    (9 credits)
     Electives    (30 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 15-22 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: HIST-BS  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for History Major: 39 credits

GPA requirement: Must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all History courses taken in the major.

Course grade minimum: No grade less than a “C” in any History course will be accepted in the major. However, if not repeated for a higher grade, they will still be used in the calculation of the overall GPA.

History Major Core Courses: 9 credits

History Electives: 30 credits

  • Six (6) 3xxx courses required with two (2) courses from each Focus Area: U.S., European, and World (18 credits)
  • Three (3) 4xxx courses required from HIST 4xxx list (9 credits)
  • One (1) 3xxx or 4xxx course from any of the lists below (3 credits)

Focus Area: U.S.

HIST 4xxx

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 15-22 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency Exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

Licensure Certification: Students interested in pursuing a teacher licensure program for certification should contact the advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall, College of Education. Students will major in the subject they wish to teach and minor in Secondary Education. 

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