Degree Programs

The Department of History and Philosophy offers a history major for the Bachelor of Arts degree. It also offers minors in both history and philosophy which are open to all students. Students who have studied history and/or philosophy at UVa-Wise have pursued successful careers in law, journalism, museums and archives, teaching, government service, and business.

Majors must complete HIS 1010, 1020, 1070, 1080, and 3000 with at least a 2.0 grade point average in those courses, and majors must earn at least a C- in HIS 3000 in order to progress to the 4000-level. For graduation, the department requires of its majors a 2.0 average, both overall and in the major. During their senior year, history majors must take a state-mandated assessment test that surveys general knowledge of European, U.S. and cross-cultural history.


  semester hours
HIS 1010, 1020 History of Western Civilization 6
HIS 1070, 1080 American History 6
HIS 3000 Introduction to History Research and Writing 3
History electives at 3000-level 18
History electives at 4000-level* 3

History courses at the 3000/4000-level are grouped into three subject areas:

  • U. S. history : includes HIS 3060/4060 and all courses numbered from HIS 3600/4600 through HIS 3920/4920.
  • European history : includes HIS 3930/4930 and all courses numbered from HIS 3310/4310 through HIS 3560/4560.
  • Cross-cultural studies : include HIS 3120/4120, 3160/4160, 3170/4170,3230/4230, 3260/4260, 3270/4270, 3300/4300.

All majors in history must take at least one 3000-level course (not HIS 3000) in each of the three subject areas, with no more than four courses in one area counting toward fulfilling history major requirements.

The 4000-level courses require a research paper in addition to regular course work. HIS 3000 is a prerequisite for the 4000-level course. The 4000-level course cannot be in the same subject area as HIS 3000. Both courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-, and both constitute the major’s senior project (capstone) requirement.


A minor in history consists of HIS 3000 and 15 additional semester hours, at least nine of which must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses. A minor in philosophy consists of 18 semester hours, at least 12 of which must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses.

Teacher Education Program (TEP)

All majors in history seeking a license to teach with an endorsement in history and social science must complete (in addition to the history courses):

  • 18 credit hours in political science
  • 6 credit hours in geography
  • 6 credit hours in economics

To be recommended by the Department of History and Philosophy to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a student must have a 3.0 grade point average for all upper-division history courses taken at UVa-Wise, with a minimum of 24 credits in history courses taken at the College. (Those students whose grade point average in upper-division history courses is below 3.0 but above 2.5 may be considered for recommendation to the TEP, if there are special circumstances warranting such consideration. A request for special consideration must be submitted in writing.) For additional requirements and information relative to the TEP, please contact the Director of Teacher Education.

Students who score a 4 or 5 on the ETS Advanced Placement test in American history or European history will be given six hours course credit.