History Degree Programs

History Degree Programs

The Department of History and Philosophy offers a history major for the Bachelor of Arts degree. It also offers minors in history, philosophy, and religious studies 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.

Major In History

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 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.

 Requirements  Semester Hours
 HIS 1010, 1020 History of Western Civilization I and II   6
 HIS 1070, 1080 American History I and II   6
 HIS 3000 Introduction to History Research and Writing   3
 History electives at 3000-level   18
 HIS 4900 Research Seminar in History   3
 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS   36

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

  • U.S. history courses include courses numbered from HIS 3600/4600 through HIS 3750/4750.
  • European history courses include courses numbered from HIS 3355/4355 through HIS 3552/4552 and HIS 3930/4930.
  • Cross-cultural studies courses include HIS 3120/4120 through HIS 3300/4300, and HIS 3770/4770.

Students majoring 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.

HIS 4900 is the required research capstone for all history majors. HIS 3000 is a prerequisite for HIS 4900. Both HIS 3000 and HIS 4900 must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Students who cannot take HIS 4900 for scheduling reasons, may, with permission of the instructor and chair, take a 3000-level course for 4000-level credit by completing a research paper in addition to the other requirements of the course. Students taking this option must also earn a grade of C- or better.

Students majoring in history are encouraged to take upper-level courses in other disciplines, especially Philosophy, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies or Appalachian Studies.

Minor In History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies

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.

A minor in religious studies consists of REL 3000 and 15 additional hours in REL, at least 9 of which must be 3000- or 4000-level courses. Courses from PHI, HIS, or other disciplines may satisfy the requirements with the approval of the department.

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):

  • HIS 3630/4630: History of Virginia
  • 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.