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 HIS 4900. 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   6
 HIS 1070, 1080 American History   6
 HIS 3000 Introduction to History Research and  Writing   3
 History electives at 3000-level   18
 HIS 4900 Research Seminar in History   3

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

  • U. S. history includes courses numbered from HIS 3600/4600 through 3920/4920.
  • European history includes courses numbered from HIS 3310/4310 through HIS 3552/4752, and HIS 3930/4930.
  • Cross-cultural studies courses include HIS 3120/4120 through HIS 3300/4300, and HIS 3770/4770.

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.

HIS 3000 is a prerequisite for HIS 4900. Both courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. HIS 4900 constitutes the major’s senior project (capstone) requirement.

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.

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.