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2021-2022 LSUA Catalog 
2021-2022 LSUA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA

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The Bachelor of Arts in History offers students the opportunity to pursue a major in history, with an emphasis in either U.S. or non-U.S. history. Graduates will be prepared for a variety of graduate programs, including law school, as well as immediate careers in secondary education, public history, publishing, and many different government and human services.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the main themes of history as identified by the full-time history faculty.

  2. Graduates will demonstrate a working knowledge of the tools of information technology (the “tools” include but are not limited to internet, digital and print materials including scholarly journals, primary resources, etc.).

  3. Graduates will demonstrate competence in research methodologies, including the ability to organize and present the results of historical research (this may include written as well as oral components).

  4. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking skills appropriate to the study of history.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all requirements for admission to the university. The Bachelor of Arts in History has no separate or special admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as specified in Degree Requirements .

  2. Students must complete at least 45 semester hours at the 3000-level or above and at least 15 semester hours at the 4000-level.

  3. Students are required to make a grade of “C” or higher in HIST 1001 , HIST 1003 , HIST 2055 , HIST 2057  and in all 24 hours of advanced history electives.

  4. History courses for which students earn a grade of “D” may be counted as free electives.

Degree Audit

A fillable degree audit for students and their academic advisors is available here.

Total Credits: 120

General Education Requirements

See list of approved courses in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Total Credits: 6

Social Sciences

Total Credits: 6


Total Credits: 6

Natural Sciences

Students must take either six hours of biology and three hours of physical science or six hours of physical science (in a single discipline) and three hours of biology.

Total Credits: 9

Total Credits: 9

Fine Arts

Total Credits: 3

Total Credits: 39

Major Requirements

For Advanced History Electives, students must take either 15 hours in non-United States history and nine hours in United States history OR 15 hours in United States history and nine hours in non-United States history. All hours must be taken at the 3000-4000 level.

Total Credits: 30


  • English Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language Electives Credits: 6
  • Social Sciences Electives Credits: 9
  • Optional Minor OR Free Electives Credits: 33

If students choose the Minor option, they must earn at least 18 hours in one discipline. If the hours applied toward the Minor are fewer than 33, the remaining required hours can be met with free electives. A complete list of available minors can be accessed at Academic Programs (by type) .

All LSUA courses, except developmental courses, are approved electives for the Bachelor of Arts in History. Courses transferred from other accredited institutions are approved if they are equivalent to LSUA courses. Transfer courses that were not evaluated as equivalent to LSUA courses (e.g., 2***; 3***) will be considered on an individual basis.

Total Credits: 51

Suggested Sequence of Courses


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