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B.A. History

Bachelor Degree
Idaho State University

About the Program

Students of History learn skills that employers are looking for, especially critical thinking, problem solving, and research-based analysis. These are skills that will not become obsolete. The Department of History offers the B.A., Minor, and M.A. Each of these programs is offered on campus and online. The History programs at ISU are designed to help students gain the skills and knowledge to adapt to the shifting demands of the modern economy. A degree in History from ISU prepares students for long careers in a wide range of industries. Our alumni are successful in the fields of law, government, technology, and education.

Professors in the History Department are scholars with PhDs from the world’s premier universities, and they publish cutting-edge research in internationally-recognized journals and books. They are also great teachers who are committed to the success of ISU students. These professors work directly with students to tailor their degree plans to match their career goals. In short, they help Bengals make history.

History professors at ISU offer courses on issues that matter and topics that directly relate to the interests of our students. Our courses address a wide range of topics, including politics, religion, revolutions, race, women, war, witchcraft, environment, empires, and energy. The History Department includes professors who are experts on every major region of the world, including North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Of course, we also have an expert on Idaho and the American West.

Program Requirements

  • General Education - Objective 1, Written Communication
    6 credits
    ENGL1101 - Writing and Rhetoric I
    3 credits
    ENGL1101P - Writing and Rhetoric I Plus
    4 credits
    ENGL1102 - Writing and Rhetoric II
    3 credits
    HONS1101 - Honors Humanities I
    3 credits
  • General Education - Objective 2, Oral Communication
    3 credits
    COMM1101 - Fundamentals of Oral Comm
    3 credits
  • General Education - Objective 3, Mathematical Ways of Knowing
    3 credits
    MATH1123 is recommended
    MATH1123 - Math in Modern Society
    3 credits
    MATH1123P - Math in Modern Soc Plus
    4 credits
    MATH1127 - The Language of Mathematics
    3 credits
    MATH1130 - Finite Mathematics
    3 credits
    MATH1143 - College Algebra
    3 credits
    MATH1143P - College Algebra Plus
    5 credits
    MATH1147 - College Algebra and Trig
    5 credits
    MATH1153 - Statistical Reasoning
    3 credits
    MATH1153P - Statistical Reasoning
    4 credits
    MATH1160 - Survey of Calculus
    3 credits
    MATH1170 - Calculus I
    4 credits
    MATH2256 - Structure of Arith for El Ed
    3 credits
    MATH2257 - Structure Geo and Prob El Ed
    3 credits
    MGT2216 - Business Statistics
    3 credits
    RCET1372 - Calculus for Electronics
    4 credits
    TGE1140 - Survey of Applied Math
    3 credits
  • General Education - Objective 4, Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: Minimum of two (2) courses. (6 credits.) Courses must be selected from two different categories complete 1 of the following requirements
    6 credits
    Humanities
    ENGL1115 - Major Themes in Literature
    3 credits
    ENGL1126 - Art of Film I
    3 credits
    ENGL1175 - Literature and Ideas
    3 credits
    ENGL2215 - Survey of World Mythology
    3 credits
    ENGL2257 - Survey of World Literature I
    3 credits
    ENGL2258 - Survey of World Literature II
    3 credits
    HONS1102 - Honors Humanities II
    3 credits
    PHIL1101 - Introduction to Philosophy
    3 credits
    PHIL1103 - Introduction to Ethics
    3 credits
    TGE1257 - Applied Ethics in Technology
    3 credits
    Fine Arts
    ART1100 - Introduction to Art
    3 credits
    ART1101 - Survey of Art History I
    3 credits
    ART1102 - Survey of Art History II
    3 credits
    ART2210 - Hist and Apprec of Photography
    3 credits
    CMP2250 - History Appreciation Photo
    3 credits
    DANC1105 - Survey of Dance
    3 credits
    DANC2205 - Dance in the Modern Era
    3 credits
    MUSI1100 - Introduction to Music
    3 credits
    MUSI1105 - Survey of Rock Music
    3 credits
    MUSI1106 - American Music
    3 credits
    MUSI1108 - The World of Music
    4 credits
    MUSI1109 - Survey of Jazz
    3 credits
    THEA1101 - Survey of Theatre
    3 credits
    Foreign Languages
    ARBC1101 - Elementary Arabic I
    4 credits
    ARBC1102 - Elementary Arabic II
    4 credits
    CHNS1101 - Elementary Chinese I
    4 credits
    CHNS1102 - Elementary Chinese II
    4 credits
    CSD1151 - American Sign Language I
    3 credits
    CSD1152 - American Sign Language II
    3 credits
    FREN1101 - Elementary French I
    4 credits
    FREN1102 - Elementary French II
    4 credits
    JAPN1101 - Elementary Japanese I
    4 credits
    JAPN1102 - Elementary Japanese II
    4 credits
    LANG1101 - Elementary Foreign Language I
    4 credits
    LANG1102 - Elementary Foreign Language II
    4 credits
    RUSS1101 - Elementary Russian I
    4 credits
    RUSS1102 - Elementary Russian II
    4 credits
    SHOS1101 - Elementary Shoshoni I
    4 credits
    SHOS1102 - Elementary Shoshoni II
    4 credits
    SPAN1101 - Elementary Spanish I
    4 credits
    SPAN1102 - Elementary Spanish II
    4 credits
  • General Education - Objective 5, Scientific Ways of Knowing: Minimum of two (2) lecture courses and one (1) laboratory or field experiences. (7 credits) Courses must be selected from two different course prefixes.
    7 credits
    ANTH2230 - Biological Anthropology
    3 credits
    ANTH2230L - Biological Anthropology Lab
    1 credit
    BIOL1100 - Concepts of Biology
    3 credits
    BIOL1100L - Concepts of Biology Lab
    0 credits
    BIOL1101 - Biology I
    4 credits
    BIOL1101L - Biology I Lab
    0 credits
    BIOL2227 - Human Anat and Phys 1
    3 credits
    BIOL2227L - Human Anat and Phys 1 Lab
    1 credit
    CHEM1100 - Concepts of Chemistry
    4 credits
    CHEM1101 - Intro to Chemistry
    3 credits
    CHEM1102 - Ess of Organic and Biochem
    3 credits
    CHEM1103 - Ess of Organic and Biochem Lab
    1 credit
    CHEM1111 - General Chemistry I
    4 credits
    CHEM1111L - General Chemistry I Lab
    1 credit
    CHEM1112 - General Chemistry II
    3 credits
    CHEM1112L - General Chemistry II Lab
    1 credit
    GEOL1100 - The Dynamic Earth
    3 credits
    GEOL1100L - The Dynamic Earth Lab
    1 credit
    GEOL1101 - Physical Geology
    3 credits
    GEOL1110 - Physical Geol Scientists Lab
    1 credit
    NTD2239 - Nutrition
    3 credits
    PHYS1100 - Essentials of Physics
    4 credits
    GEOL1101L - Physical Geology Lab
    1 credit
    PHYS1101 - Elements of Physics
    3 credits
    PHYS1113 - General Physics I Laboratory
    1 credit
    PHYS1114 - General Physics II Laboratory
    1 credit
    PHYS1152 - Descriptive Astronomy
    3 credits
    PHYS1153 - Descriptive Astronomy Lab
    1 credit
    PHYS2211 - Engineering Physics I
    4 credits
    PHYS2212 - Engineering Physics II
    4 credits
    PHYS2213 - Engineering Physics I Lab
    1 credit
    PHYS2214 - Engineering Physics II Lab
    1 credit
    PHYS1101L - Elements of Physics Lab
    1 credit
    PHYS1111 - General Physics I
    3 credits
    PHYS1112 - General Physics II
    3 credits
  • General Education - Objective 6, social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing: Minimum of two (2) courses. (6 credits) Courses must be selected from two different course prefixes.
    6 credits
    HIST 1101, HIST 1102, HIST 1105, HIST 1106, HIST 1111, or HIST 1112, and one Objective 6 course from outside of History.
    ANTH1100 - Discover Anthropology
    3 credits
    ANTH1102 - Cultural Anthropology
    3 credits
    ECON1100 - Economic Issues
    3 credits
    ECON2201 - Principles of Macroeconomics
    3 credits
    ECON2202 - Principles of Microeconomics
    3 credits
    EDUC1110 - Education in the US
    3 credits
    IS2203 - Intro Internatl Organizations
    3 credits
    POLS1101 - American National Government
    3 credits
    PSYC1101 - Introduction to Psychology
    3 credits
    SOC1101 - Introduction to Sociology
    3 credits
    SOC1102 - Social Problems
    3 credits
    TGE1150 - Social Science in Workplace
    3 credits
    GLBL2203 - International Organizations
    3 credits
    HIST1101 - World History I
    3 credits
    HIST1102 - World History II
    3 credits
    HIST1105 - Foundations of Europe
    3 credits
    HIST1106 - Modern Europe
    3 credits
    HIST1111 - United States History I
    3 credits
    HIST1112 - United States History II
    3 credits
    SOWK1101 - Intro SOWK and Social Welfare
    3 credits
  • General Education - Objective 7, Critical Thinking AND Objective 8, Information Literacy Take HIST1100, HIST1120, HIST1118, or HIST2291
    3 credits
    Minimum of one (1) course from either Objective 7 or Objective 8. (3 credits)
    ANTH1107 - Nature of Language
    3 credits
    CS1181 - Computer Sci and Programming I
    3 credits
    CMP2205 - Argumentation
    3 credits
    ENGL1107 - Nature of Language
    3 credits
    GEOL1107 - Real Monsters
    3 credits
    HIST1100 - History in Film
    3 credits
    HIST1118 - US History and Culture
    3 credits
    HIST1120 - Themes in World History
    3 credits
    INFO1181 - Informatics and Programming I
    3 credits
    PHIL2201 - Introduction to Logic
    3 credits
    PHIL2260 - Philosophy of Life and Death
    3 credits
    POLS1102 - Intro to Politic Crit Thinking
    3 credits
    SOC2248 - Crit Analysis Social Diversity
    3 credits
    THEA1118 - Oral Interpretation of Lit
    3 credits
    THEA2251 - Fundamentals of Acting
    3 credits
    ACAD1111 - Info Literacy and Inquiry
    3 credits
    CMP2203 - Media Literacy
    3 credits
    CMP2203 - Media Literacy
    3 credits
    FIN1115 - Personal Finance
    3 credits
    HIST2291 - Introduction to Research
    3 credits
    INFO1101 - Digital Information Literacy
    3 credits
    LLIB1115 - Intro to Information Research
    3 credits
  • General Education - Objective 9, Cultural Diversity take 3 credits, take at least 1 course
    3 credits
    Take HIST2201, HIST2251, HIST2252, HIST2254, or HIST2255
    ANTH2201 - Intermediate Shoshoni I
    4 credits
    ANTH2202 - Intermediate Shoshoni II
    4 credits
    ANTH2212 - Intro to Folklore Oral Tradns
    3 credits
    ANTH2237 - People and Cult of Old World
    3 credits
    ANTH2238 - Peoples and Cult of New World
    3 credits
    ANTH2239 - Latino Peoples and Cultures
    3 credits
    ANTH2258 - Native American History
    3 credits
    CHNS2201 - Intermediate Chinese I
    4 credits
    CHNS2202 - Intermediate Chinese II
    4 credits
    CSD2210 - Comm through Lit and Media
    3 credits
    CSD2256 - Deaf Culture and Community
    3 credits
    EDUC2204 - Families Communities Culture
    3 credits
    ENGL2210 - American Cultural Studies
    3 credits
    ENGL2212 - Intro to Folklore/Oral Tradn
    3 credits
    GLBL2202 - Introduction to Global Issues
    3 credits
    GLBL2270 - World Reg Geog and Cultures
    3 credits
    HIST2201 - Women in US History
    3 credits
    HIST2251 - Latin American History
    3 credits
    HIST2252 - Asian History and Culture
    3 credits
    HIST2254 - Middle East Hist and Culture
    3 credits
    HIST2255 - African History and Culture
    3 credits
    HIST2258 - Native American History
    3 credits
    JAPN2201 - Intermediate Japanese I
    4 credits
    JAPN2202 - Intermediate Japanese II
    4 credits
    PHIL2210 - Intro to Asian Philosophies
    3 credits
    POLS2231 - Intro to Comp Politics
    3 credits
    RUSS2201 - Intermediate Russian I
    4 credits
    RUSS2202 - Intermediate Russian II
    4 credits
    SCPY1001 - Psychology of Diversity
    3 credits
    SHOS2201 - Intermediate Shoshoni I
    4 credits
    SHOS2202 - Intermediate Shoshoni II
    4 credits
    SOC2201 - Intro to Gender and Sexuality
    3 credits
    SPAN2201 - Intermediate Spanish I
    4 credits
    SPAN2202 - Intermediate Spanish II
    4 credits
  • Major Requirements complete the following 17 requirements
    25 credits
    World Regions and Historical Themes - Complete three classes from the following:
    HIST1100 - History in Film
    3 credits
    HIST1101 - World History I
    3 credits
    HIST1102 - World History II
    3 credits
    HIST1105 - Foundations of Europe
    3 credits
    HIST1106 - Modern Europe
    3 credits
    HIST1111 - United States History I
    3 credits
    HIST1112 - United States History II
    3 credits
    HIST1118 - US History and Culture
    3 credits
    HIST1120 - Themes in World History
    3 credits
    HIST2201 - Women in US History
    3 credits
    HIST2251 - Latin American History
    3 credits
    HIST2252 - Asian History and Culture
    3 credits
    HIST2254 - Middle East Hist and Culture
    3 credits
    HIST2255 - African History and Culture
    3 credits
    Research Skills - Complete both of the following:
    HIST2291 - Introduction to Research
    3 credits
    HIST4491 - History Seminar
    3 credits
    Upper Division United States History - Complete two of the following:
    HIST4407 - Early North America
    3 credits
    HIST4408 - American Industrialization
    3 credits
    HIST4409 - Modern United States
    3 credits
    HIST4417 - Religion in American History
    3 credits
    HIST4420 - Topics in U.S. History
    3 credits
    HIST4421 - Federal Indian Relations
    3 credits
    HIST4423 - Idaho History
    3 credits
    HIST4425 - Women in the American West
    3 credits
    HIST4427 - American West
    3 credits
    HIST4428 - African American History
    3 credits
    HIST4432 - US Environmental History
    3 credits
    HIST4433 - History of Energy
    3 credits
    HIST4434 - Atomic Age
    3 credits
    HIST4449 - American Military Experience
    3 credits
    HIST4467 - Cold War Culture in the U.S.
    3 credits
    HIST4469 - U.S. Civil War and Memory
    3 credits
    HIST4471 - Historical Geography of Idaho
    3 credits
    Upper division world, comparative, and non-U.S. history - Complete two of the following:
    HIST4415 - History of Christianity
    3 credits
    HIST4416 - Relig Reform and Conflict
    3 credits
    HIST4419 - History of World Religions
    3 credits
    HIST4424 - French Revolution and Napoleon
    3 credits
    HIST4426 - Foodways in History
    3 credits
    HIST4430 - Global Environmental History
    3 credits
    HIST4431 - Topics in Global History
    3 credits
    HIST4436 - Slavery in History
    3 credits
    HIST4437 - Families in Former Times
    3 credits
    HIST4439 - Women in World History
    3 credits
    HIST4440 - History of Revolutions
    3 credits
    HIST4442 - Witchcraft and Magic
    3 credits
    HIST4443 - Topics in European History
    3 credits
    HIST4445 - Modern Irish History
    3 credits
    HIST4446 - Topics in Ancient History
    3 credits
    HIST4448 - Topics in Medieval History
    3 credits
    HIST4451 - Topics in Latin America
    3 credits
    HIST4452 - Topics in Asian History
    3 credits
    HIST4454 - Topics in Middle East History
    3 credits
    HIST4466 - World War I
    3 credits
    HIST4468 - World War II and Holocaust
    3 credits
    HIST4472 - Modern Art
    3 credits
    HIST4473 - Contemporary Art
    3 credits
    HIST4474 - Islam in the Modern World
    3 credits
    HIST4476 - Modern Middle East
    3 credits
    HIST4478 - History of Empires
    3 credits
    HIST4479 - Disease Medicine and Society
    3 credits
    HIST4480 - Early Modern Europe
    3 credits
  • Upper division history electives - take 9 credits of any upper division history course. Students in the accelerated BA to MA program can use a total of twelve credits of 5000-level graduate coursework from the History Department in any of these three areas: Upper division United States History - Upper division world, comparative, and non-U.S. history - Upper division history electives
    9 credits
  • Upper Division Free Electives
    12 credits
  • Free Electives
    44 credits
Grand Total Credits
120

* Please note that you must meet with an advisor each semester in order to verify degree completion time as well as online course offerings for the program requirements.