History Degree Programs

History Degree Programs

The Department of History and Philosophy offers a history major for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Within the history major there are two concentrations: public history and intellectual history/philosophy. The department 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 successfully pursued many different careers including law, journalism, museum curator, archives, teaching, government service, and business.

Majors in history 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.

Bachelor of Arts In History

History Major Requirements:
(overall cumulative and major GPA of 2.0 or higher required)

  • HIS 1010 History of Western Civilization I (3)
  • HIS 1020 History of Western Civilization II (3)
  • HIS 1070 U.S. History I (3)
  • HIS 1080 U.S. History II (3)
  • HIS 3000 Introduction to History Research and Writing (3) (minimum grade of C-)

Must take at least ONE course from each area below with no more than four in any one area counting toward major requirements.

  • U.S. History
    HIS 3600/4600 through HIS 3750/4750
  • European History
    HIS 3355/4355 through HIS 3552/4552 and HIS 3930/4930
  • Cross-Cultural History
    HIS 3120/4120 through HIS 3300/4300 and HIS 3770/4770
  • HIS 4900
    Research Seminar in History (minimum grade of C- and must complete HIS 3000 first)

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.

Students who wish a more focused major in history may choose one of two concentrations: Public History or Intellectual History/Philosophy.

Public History Concentration

The public history concentration exposes students to how history is presented to and received by the public. Public historians are employed in museums, national parks, libraries and archives and other historical sites. Public historians teach history outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Public History Concentration Requirements

  • HIS 1010 History of Western Civilization I (3)
  • HIS 1020 History of Western Civilization II (3)
  • HIS 1070 U.S. History I (3)
  • HIS 1080 U.S. History II (3)
  • HIS 3000 Introduction to History Research and Writing (3) (minimum grade of C-)
  • COM 1000 Public Speaking (3)
  • HIS 3745 Introduction to Public History (3)
  • HIS 3940 Internship in Public History (3)

History electives at 3000-level
Must include at least one of the courses below

  • HIS 3XXX
    HIS 3690 War and Memory in America HIS 3740 Appalachia
    HIS 3750 Local History
    HIS 3630 History of Virginia
  • HIS 3XXX
    12 hours of upper-level history coursework.
  • HIS 4900
    Research Seminar in History (minimum grade of C- and must complete HIS 3000 first)

Intellectual History/Philosophy Concentration

The intellectual history/philosophy concentration offers a more theoretical approach to the study of history.

Intellectual History/Philosophy Concentration Requirements

  • HIS 1010 History of Western Civilization I (3)
  • HIS 1020 History of Western Civilization II (3)
  • HIS 1070 U.S. History I (3)
  • HIS 1080 U.S. History II (3)
  • HIS 3000 Introduction to History Research and Writing (3) (minimum grade of C-)
  • PHI 1030 Logic I (3)

History electives at 3000-level

  • HIS 3XXX (At least 9 hours must be chosen from list below)
    HIS 3450 Intellectual History of Europe in the 19th Century
    HIS 3460 Intellectual History of Europe in the 20th Century
    HIS 3750 Intellectual History of the United States
    HIS 3930 Philosophy of History
    PHI 3052 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    PHI 3062 Modern Philosophy
    PHI/REL 3300 Philosophy of Religion
  • HIS 3XXX
    6 additional hours of upper-level history coursework.
  • PHI/REL 3XXX
    Philosophy or Religion Elective at 3000-level
  • HIS 4800
    Research Seminar in Intellectual History/Philosophy (minimum grade of C- and must complete HIS 3000 first)

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)

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.

Six hours course credit will be given to those students who score a 4 or 5 on the ETS advanced placement test in American history or European history.