History Major, B.A.

Department of History

http://history.unc.edu

556 Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195

(919) 962-1403

Diana Devereaux, Undergraduate Coordinator

dmchase@email.unc.edu

Matthew Andrews, Undergraduate Advisor

andrewsm@email.unc.edu

Lisa Lindsay, Director of Undergraduate Studies

lalindsa@email.unc.edu

The study of history is an essential part of a liberal arts education and offers valuable preparation for many careers: in law, journalism, libraries, and museums; in local, state, and national public service; in business; in international work; and, of course, in historical research and teaching.

Department Programs

Major

Minors

Graduate Programs

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
A total of 10 HIST courses
Four to six courses in a field of concentration: African, Asian, and Middle Eastern history; ancient/medieval history; gender and women’s history; global history; Latin American history; modern European history; Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European history; United States history; thematic history12-18
Four to six courses outside the field of concentration12-18
HIST 398Undergraduate Seminar in History (This seminar can be in the field of concentration or outside it.)3
One course in Latin American or African, Asian, and Middle Eastern history3
At least six courses numbered 200 or above
Total Hours30

Each major shall concentrate in one area (see lists below), or students must devise a thematic concentration and have it approved by the chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee.

At least seven of the 10 courses (21 hours) must be completed with a grade of C or better.

The Department of History offers multiple sections of the required HIST 398 undergraduate seminar each semester. Each section focuses on a different topic. Prior to the course registration period, the Department of History will distribute to all history majors information about the next semester’s offerings of HIST 398.

All College of Arts and Sciences policies apply, including (but not limited to) the following. No history course may be taken for Pass/Fail credit (even if the course serves as a free elective). A maximum of 15 history courses (45 hours) may be applied toward the B.A. degree. Any courses beyond the minimal 10 (but not above the maximum of 15) will count as free electives.

No more than five courses (15 hours) of transfer credit and College Board Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate credit may count toward the major. Up to five courses (15 hours) of transfer credit may count toward the major, but only up to two courses (six hours) of College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit may count toward the major. In no case can the combination of transfer credits and AP/IB credits exceed 15 hours.

History (HIST) course descriptions.

Below are listed history courses for each field of concentration:

Field According to Topic

HIST 190Special Topics in History3
HIST 291Putting Literature and History in Dialogue3
HIST 390Special Topics in History H3
HIST 398Undergraduate Seminar in History3
HIST 490Special Topics in History H3
HIST 493Internship in History1-3
HIST 495Directed Readings in History1-3
HIST 496Independent Research in History1-3
HIST 691HHonors in History3
HIST 692HHonors in History3
HIST 697Myth and History3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

African, Asian, and Middle Eastern History

HIST 52First-Year Seminar: Conflicts over Israel/Palestine3
HIST 61First-Year Seminar: Southeast Asia in Global Prospective3
HIST 62First-Year Seminar: Nations, Borders, and Identities3
HIST 63First-Year Seminar: Water, Conflict, and Connection: the Middle East and Ottoman Lands H3
HIST 74First-Year Seminar: Emperors, Courts, and Consumption: The Mughals of India3
HIST 83First-Year Seminar: African History through Popular Music3
HIST 130Modern African History3
HIST 131Southeast Asia to the Early 19th Century3
HIST 132Southeast Asia since the Early 19th Century3
HIST 133Introduction to Chinese History3
HIST 134Modern East Asia3
HIST 135History of the Indian Subcontinent to 17503
HIST 136History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 17503
HIST 137Muhammad to Malcolm X: Islam, Politics, Race, and Gender3
HIST 138History of Muslim Societies to 15003
HIST 139HIstory of Muslim Societies since 15003
HIST 163Modern Central Asia3
HIST 166History of Afghanistan3
HIST 174HHonors Seminar in African, Asian, and Middle Eastern History3
HIST 202Borders and Crossings3
HIST 203Empires and Cultures in the Modern World3
HIST 243The United States and Africa H3
HIST 271Premodern Japanese History and Culture3
HIST 272Contemporary India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh3
HIST 274History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-19233
HIST 275History of Iraq H3
HIST 276The Modern Middle East3
HIST 277The Conflict over Israel/Palestine3
HIST 278The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade3
HIST 279Modern South Africa3
HIST 281The Pacific War, 1937-1945: Its Causes and Legacy3
HIST 282China in the World3
HIST 284Late Imperial China3
HIST 28520th-Century China3
HIST 287Japan's Modern Revolution3
HIST 288Japan in the 20th Century3
HIST 312History of France and Algeria3
HIST 331Sex, Religion, and Violence: Revolutionary Thought in Modern South Asia3
HIST 379Race, Segregation, and Political Protest in South Africa and the United States3
HIST 483Nation and Religion in Tsarist and Soviet Russia3
HIST 484Islam in Tsarist and Soviet Russia3
HIST 5119/11 in World History3
HIST 534The African Diaspora3
HIST 535Women and Gender in African History3
HIST 536Revolution in the Modern Middle East3
HIST 537Women in the Middle East3
HIST 538The Middle East and the West3
HIST 539The Economic History of Southeast Asia3
HIST 540Ethics and Business in Africa H3
HIST 550Gender in Chinese History3
HIST 555Religion, Coexistence, and Conflict in Medieval India3
HIST 556Gender in Indian History3
HIST 557Bandits, Rebels and Storytellers: Fiction and History in India3
HIST 570The Vietnam War3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Ancient/Medieval

HIST 75First-Year Seminar: Faith and Violence in the Middle Ages3
HIST 106Ancient History3
HIST 107Medieval History3
HIST 108Introduction to Early Medieval History 500-10503
HIST 151European History to 16503
HIST 177HHonors Seminar in Early European History3
HIST 225History of Greece3
HIST 226History of Rome3
HIST 228The Medieval Expansion of Europe3
HIST 255Manor to Machine: The Economic Shaping of Europe3
HIST 345Comparative Strategies of Empire3
HIST 420Politics and Religion in Ancient Greece3
HIST 421Alexander3
HIST 422Ancient Greek Warfare3
HIST 423Archaic Greece, 800-480 BCE3
HIST 424Classical Greece (Sixth-Fourth Centuries BCE)3
HIST 425Roman History, 154 BCE-14 CE3
HIST 427The Early Roman Empire, 14 CE-193 CE3
HIST 428The Later Roman Empire, 193 CE-378 CE3
HIST 431The Medieval Church3
HIST 432The Crusades3
HIST 433English Society, 1200-17003
HIST 434Medieval England3
HIST 435The Medieval University3
HIST 436Medieval Theology, Gender, and the Body3
HIST 437Aristocratic Culture in the Central Middle Ages3
HIST 438Medieval Masculinities, 500-1200 H3
HIST 452The Renaissance: Italy, Birthplace of the Renaissance, 1300-15503
HIST 453Mediterranean Societies and Economics in the Renaissance World3
HIST 460Late Medieval and Reformation Germany3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Gender and Women’s History

HIST 72First-Year Seminar: Women's Voices: 20th-Century European History in Female Memory H3
HIST 130Modern African History3
HIST 144Women in the United States from Settlement to Present3
HIST 236Sex and American History3
HIST 259Towards Emancipation? Women in Modern Europe3
HIST 264Gender in Russian History3
HIST 280Women and Gender in Latin American History3
HIST 354War and Gender in Movies H3
HIST 355American Women's History to 18653
HIST 356American Women's History, 1865 to the Present3
HIST 361Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Histories in the United States3
HIST 370Samurai, Monks, and Pirates: History and Historiography of Japan's Long 16th Century3
HIST 375History of Gender in America3
HIST 389Maid in America, Made in China: Laboring Women in Global Perspective3
HIST 438Medieval Masculinities, 500-1200 H3
HIST 475Feminist Movements in the United States since 1945 H3
HIST 479History of Female Sexualities in the West3
HIST 500Gender, Empire, and Nation in Europe and Beyond, 18th to the 20th Century3
HIST 501The Gender of Welfare: Comparative Perspectives, 19th and 20th Century3
HIST 517Gender, Military, and War in Comparative Perspective3
HIST 535Women and Gender in African History3
HIST 537Women in the Middle East3
HIST 562Oral History and Performance H3
HIST 566The History of Sexuality in America3
HIST 568Women in the South3
HIST 569African American Women's History3
HIST 576The Ethnohistory of Native American Women3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Global History

HIST 53First-Year Seminar: Traveling to European Cities: American Writers/Cultural Identities, 1830-19303
HIST 62First-Year Seminar: Nations, Borders, and Identities3
HIST 66First-Year Seminar: Film and History in Europe and the United States, 1908-19683
HIST 73First-Year Seminar: On the Train: Time, Space, and the Modern World3
HIST 76First-Year Seminar: Understanding 14923
HIST 83First-Year Seminar: African History through Popular Music3
HIST 138History of Muslim Societies to 15003
HIST 139HIstory of Muslim Societies since 15003
HIST 140The World since 19453
HIST 202Borders and Crossings3
HIST 203Empires and Cultures in the Modern World3
HIST 205Statecraft, Diplomacy, and War, 1618-18153
HIST 206Statecraft, Diplomacy, and War, 1815-19453
HIST 207The Global Cold War3
HIST 210Global Issues and Globalization3
HIST 212History of Sea Power3
HIST 213Air Power and Modern Warfare3
HIST 220The Olympic Games: A Global History3
HIST 242United States-Latin American Relations3
HIST 243The United States and Africa H3
HIST 246The Long Cold War: U.S. Foreign Relations in the 20th and 21st Centuries3
HIST 247Early Modern Japanese History and Culture3
HIST 249World Christianity since 14503
HIST 268War, Revolution, and Culture: Trans-Atlantic Perspectives, 1750-18503
HIST 278The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade3
HIST 281The Pacific War, 1937-1945: Its Causes and Legacy3
HIST 302HMovies Make History: Films as Primary Sources in Europe and America3
HIST 312History of France and Algeria3
HIST 325Food and History: The Local and Global, the United Kingdom and the United States3
HIST 329An Introduction to the History of Medicine H3
HIST 330Jesus and the Jews: From the Bible to the Big Screen H3
HIST 345Comparative Strategies of Empire3
HIST 349Comparative Empires in the Modern World3
HIST 351Global History of Warfare3
HIST 354War and Gender in Movies H3
HIST 370Samurai, Monks, and Pirates: History and Historiography of Japan's Long 16th Century3
HIST 379Race, Segregation, and Political Protest in South Africa and the United States3
HIST 389Maid in America, Made in China: Laboring Women in Global Perspective3
HIST 459Global Evangelicalism since 16003
HIST 465Intellectual History of Europe, Early Period3
HIST 474Britain in World Affairs: British Foreign Policy since World War II3
HIST 479History of Female Sexualities in the West3
HIST 501The Gender of Welfare: Comparative Perspectives, 19th and 20th Century3
HIST 509The World History of Slavery3
HIST 510Human Rights in the Modern World H3
HIST 5119/11 in World History3
HIST 514Monuments and Memory3
HIST 516Historical Time H3
HIST 517Gender, Military, and War in Comparative Perspective3
HIST 534The African Diaspora3
HIST 538The Middle East and the West3
HIST 578Transatlantic Relations and Contemporary Geo-Politics from the Cold War to the Present3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Latin American History

HIST 51First-Year Seminar: Latin American Revolutions3
HIST 76First-Year Seminar: Understanding 14923
HIST 142Latin America under Colonial Rule3
HIST 143Latin America since Independence3
HIST 175HHonors Seminar in Latin American History3
HIST 203Empires and Cultures in the Modern World3
HIST 240Introduction to Mexico: A Nation in Four Revolutions3
HIST 242United States-Latin American Relations3
HIST 280Women and Gender in Latin American History3
HIST 526History of the Andes3
HIST 527Latin American Indigenous Peoples3
HIST 528Guerrillas and Counterinsurgencies in Latin America3
HIST 529Mexico, 1750-1870: War, Independence, and Reforms: Citizenship and Conflict in a New Nation3
HIST 531History of the Caribbean3
HIST 532History of Cuba3
HIST 533History of Brazil3

Modern European History

HIST 53First-Year Seminar: Traveling to European Cities: American Writers/Cultural Identities, 1830-19303
HIST 54First-Year Seminar: Interpreting the French Revolution, 1789-18153
HIST 56First-Year Seminar: World War I: History and Literature3
HIST 64First-Year Seminar: Gorbachev: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire and the Rise of the New Russia3
HIST 65First-Year Seminar: History of Love and Desire from Antiquity to the Beatles3
HIST 66First-Year Seminar: Film and History in Europe and the United States, 1908-19683
HIST 72First-Year Seminar: Women's Voices: 20th-Century European History in Female Memory H3
HIST 73First-Year Seminar: On the Train: Time, Space, and the Modern World3
HIST 77First-Year Seminar: Seeing the Past3
HIST 81First-Year Seminar: Diaries, Memoirs, and Testimonies of the Holocaust3
HIST 84First-Year Seminar: Monsters, Murders, and Mayhem in Microhistorical Analysis: French Case Studies3
HIST 85First-Year Seminar: What Concentration Camp Survivors Tell Us3
HIST 151European History to 16503
HIST 152European History since 16503
HIST 153From the Bible to Broadway: Jewish History to Modern Times3
HIST 156English History to 16883
HIST 157History of Britain since 16883
HIST 158Early Modern European History, 1450-18153
HIST 159From War to Prosperity: 20th-Century Europe3
HIST 161Russia Becomes an Empire3
HIST 162Russia under the Last Tsars and Soviet Commissars3
HIST 164History of Britain in the 19th Century3
HIST 165History of Britain in the 20th Century3
HIST 177HHonors Seminar in Early European History3
HIST 178HHonors Seminar in Modern European History3
HIST 205Statecraft, Diplomacy, and War, 1618-18153
HIST 206Statecraft, Diplomacy, and War, 1815-19453
HIST 251The Thirty Years War (1618-1648): Europe in an Age of Crisis3
HIST 252Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Germany (1871-1945)3
HIST 253Art and Power in Early Modern Europe H3
HIST 254War and Society in Early Modern Europe3
HIST 255Manor to Machine: The Economic Shaping of Europe3
HIST 256France, 1940 to the Present3
HIST 257Politics, Society, and Culture in Postwar Germany3
HIST 258Modern Italy since 18483
HIST 259Towards Emancipation? Women in Modern Europe3
HIST 260East Central Europe from the 18th Century to the Present3
HIST 261France, 1870-19403
HIST 262History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews3
HIST 264Gender in Russian History3
HIST 268War, Revolution, and Culture: Trans-Atlantic Perspectives, 1750-18503
HIST 269The History of London, World City, 1890-Present3
HIST 308The Renaissance and the Jews3
HIST 309Old Regime France, 1661-17873
HIST 310The French Revolution3
HIST 311Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History3
HIST 320Museums in Europe and the Americas: History and Theory H3
HIST 325Food and History: The Local and Global, the United Kingdom and the United States3
HIST 332Identity and Community in Modern Jewish History: The Case of Durham3
HIST 334Rasputin's Russia: Erotic, Decadent, Revolutionary3
HIST 347Fascist Challenge in Europe, 1918-19453
HIST 354War and Gender in Movies H3
HIST 370Samurai, Monks, and Pirates: History and Historiography of Japan's Long 16th Century3
HIST 433English Society, 1200-17003
HIST 4511492: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain3
HIST 452The Renaissance: Italy, Birthplace of the Renaissance, 1300-15503
HIST 453Mediterranean Societies and Economics in the Renaissance World3
HIST 454The Reformation3
HIST 455Europe in the 17th Century3
HIST 458Europe and the World Wars, 1914-19453
HIST 460Late Medieval and Reformation Germany3
HIST 461Early Modern Germany, 1600-18153
HIST 462Germany, 1806-1918: Politics, Society, and Culture H3
HIST 463Germany since 1918: Politics, Society, and Culture H3
HIST 464History of Spain3
HIST 465Intellectual History of Europe, Early Period3
HIST 466Modern European Intellectual History3
HIST 467Society and Family in Early Modern Europe3
HIST 468Art, Politics, and Society in France, 1850-19143
HIST 469European Social History, 1815-19703
HIST 470The Scientific Revolution3
HIST 471History of Science from Newton to Einstein3
HIST 472Medicine and Health in Early Modern Europe3
HIST 473Tudor and Stuart England, 1485-16603
HIST 474Britain in World Affairs: British Foreign Policy since World War II3
HIST 476Borderlands: Religion and Ethnicity in Modern East Central Europe3
HIST 477Revolution in Russia, 1900-19303
HIST 478Stalin and After: The USSR, 1929-Present3
HIST 479History of Female Sexualities in the West3
HIST 480Russia's 19th Century: Cultural Splendor, Imperial Decay3
HIST 481Eastern Europe since World War II3
HIST 482Russia, Eurasian Empire3
HIST 485Modern East European Jewish History3
HIST 486Extremism, Terrorism, and Security in Postwar Europe3
HIST 500Gender, Empire, and Nation in Europe and Beyond, 18th to the 20th Century3
HIST 501The Gender of Welfare: Comparative Perspectives, 19th and 20th Century3
HIST 510Human Rights in the Modern World H3
HIST 516Historical Time H3
HIST 517Gender, Military, and War in Comparative Perspective3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European History

HIST 64First-Year Seminar: Gorbachev: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire and the Rise of the New Russia3
HIST 161Russia Becomes an Empire3
HIST 162Russia under the Last Tsars and Soviet Commissars3
HIST 163Modern Central Asia3
HIST 176HHonors Seminar in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European History3
HIST 264Gender in Russian History3
HIST 311Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History3
HIST 334Rasputin's Russia: Erotic, Decadent, Revolutionary3
HIST 476Borderlands: Religion and Ethnicity in Modern East Central Europe3
HIST 477Revolution in Russia, 1900-19303
HIST 478Stalin and After: The USSR, 1929-Present3
HIST 480Russia's 19th Century: Cultural Splendor, Imperial Decay3
HIST 481Eastern Europe since World War II3
HIST 482Russia, Eurasian Empire3
HIST 483Nation and Religion in Tsarist and Soviet Russia3
HIST 484Islam in Tsarist and Soviet Russia3

United States History

HIST 53First-Year Seminar: Traveling to European Cities: American Writers/Cultural Identities, 1830-19303
HIST 57First-Year Seminar: History and Memory in the Modern South, 1865 to the Present3
HIST 60First-Year Seminar: Oral History in Action3
HIST 65First-Year Seminar: History of Love and Desire from Antiquity to the Beatles3
HIST 66First-Year Seminar: Film and History in Europe and the United States, 1908-19683
HIST 68First-Year Seminar: American Dreams: Histories of Experience and Explanation, 1620-19003
HIST 70First-Year Seminar: Seeing History in Everyday Places: Chapel Hill as a Case Study3
HIST 79First-Year Seminar: Coming of Age in 20th Century America3
HIST 110Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America3
HIST 120Sport and American History3
HIST 121History of Religion in North America3
HIST 124United States History through Film3
HIST 125The Social History of Popular Music in 20th-Century America3
HIST 127American History to 18653
HIST 128American History since 18653
HIST 144Women in the United States from Settlement to Present3
HIST 179HHonors Seminar in American History3
HIST 205Statecraft, Diplomacy, and War, 1618-18153
HIST 206Statecraft, Diplomacy, and War, 1815-19453
HIST 230Why History Matters to Public Policy3
HIST 231Native American History: The East3
HIST 233Native American History: The West3
HIST 234Native American Tribal Studies H3
HIST 235Native America in the 20th Century3
HIST 236Sex and American History3
HIST 239Religion in North America since 18653
HIST 241History of Latinos in the United States3
HIST 242United States-Latin American Relations3
HIST 244History of the American Presidency3
HIST 245The United States and the Cold War: Origins, Development, Legacy3
HIST 246The Long Cold War: U.S. Foreign Relations in the 20th and 21st Centuries3
HIST 289America in the 1970s3
HIST 302HMovies Make History: Films as Primary Sources in Europe and America3
HIST 320Museums in Europe and the Americas: History and Theory H3
HIST 325Food and History: The Local and Global, the United Kingdom and the United States3
HIST 355American Women's History to 18653
HIST 356American Women's History, 1865 to the Present3
HIST 357Childhood in America3
HIST 360Modern American Intellectual History H3
HIST 361Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Histories in the United States3
HIST 362Baseball and American History3
HIST 363Popular Culture and American History H3
HIST 364History of American Business3
HIST 365The Worker and American Life3
HIST 366North Carolina History before 18653
HIST 367North Carolina History since 18653
HIST 368War and American Society to 19033
HIST 369War and American Society, 1903 to the Present3
HIST 370Samurai, Monks, and Pirates: History and Historiography of Japan's Long 16th Century3
HIST 372Politics and Society since the New Deal H3
HIST 373The United States in World War II3
HIST 374The American West, 1800 to the Present3
HIST 375History of Gender in America3
HIST 376History of African Americans to 18653
HIST 377History of African Americans, 1865 to Present H3
HIST 379Race, Segregation, and Political Protest in South Africa and the United States3
HIST 381Bebop to Hip-Hop: The Modern Black Freedom Struggle through Music3
HIST 382The History of the Civil Rights Movement3
HIST 383Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956-Present3
HIST 384America in the Sixties H3
HIST 389Maid in America, Made in China: Laboring Women in Global Perspective3
HIST 459Global Evangelicalism since 16003
HIST 475Feminist Movements in the United States since 1945 H3
HIST 510Human Rights in the Modern World H3
HIST 517Gender, Military, and War in Comparative Perspective3
HIST 561The American Colonial Experience3
HIST 562Oral History and Performance H3
HIST 563Jacksonian America, 1815-18483
HIST 564Revolution and Nation Making in America, 1763-18153
HIST 565Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-19003
HIST 566The History of Sexuality in America3
HIST 568Women in the South3
HIST 569African American Women's History3
HIST 570The Vietnam War3
HIST 571Southern Music3
HIST 574Spanish Borderlands in North America3
HIST 576The Ethnohistory of Native American Women3
HIST 577United States Foreign Relations in the 20th Century3
HIST 581American Constitutional History to 18763
HIST 582American Constitutional History since 18763
HIST 584The Promise of Urbanization: American Cities in the 19th and 20th Centuries3
HIST 586The Old South3
HIST 587The New South H3
HIST 589Race, Racism, and America: (United States) Law in Historical Perspective3
HIST 622Medicine and Society in America3
HIST 624Intellectual History of African Americans3
HIST 625Technology and American Culture3
HIST 670Introduction to Oral History3
HIST 671Introduction to Public History3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

History Major, NUS Joint Degree

History majors may wish to consider applying for the Joint Degree Program, an innovative undergraduate degree program joining UNC–Chapel Hill and the National University of Singapore, one of the top universities in Asia and the world. UNC–Chapel Hill undergraduates spend from two to four semesters at the National University of Singapore and receive a joint bachelor of arts degree with a major in history from both institutions. For further information about the Joint Degree Program, see the department Web site or contact the Study Abroad Office and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of History.

Special Opportunities in History

Honors in History

The departmental honors program is open to any qualified history major with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and, under normal circumstances, a 3.4 in history courses, and experience in research and writing derived from an undergraduate seminar in history (HIST 398). The student pursuing a degree in history with honors must take HIST 691H and HIST 692H; these two courses contribute credit hours toward fulfilling field-of-concentration requirements, depending on the topic of the thesis. The student, in consultation with the honors director, will choose a topic and locate an appropriate faculty member to supervise a senior honors thesis. In HIST 691H the mechanics of researching and writing a senior essay will be discussed and a start made on the essay itself. In HIST 692H the essay will be completed and the student examined by the supervisor and at least one additional faculty member to be agreed upon by the student and supervisor. To receive highest honors the essay must be recommended by the examiners and a review committee. The director of honors, in consultation with the examiners and review committee, will recommend that the student who has defended the essay graduate with either honors or highest honors, or merely with course credit. Students should submit applications for the honors program by the end of February during their junior year. For detailed guidelines click here or contact the director of honors in the Department of History.

Departmental Involvement

Students with broad interests in the intellectual and social life of the department may volunteer to serve on the department’s Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC). Each spring the department invites majors to volunteer for the UGSC, and the selection is made at the start of the next fall semester by the faculty members on the UGSC. Students may also plan or participate in activities organized by the Undergraduate History Club as well as, for those who are eligible, UNC–Chapel Hill’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (described more fully below under “Undergraduate Awards”). For more information about the UGSC, the History Club, and Phi Alpha Theta, see department’s Web site or contact the coordinator for undergraduate studies in the Department of History.

Experiential Education

In some cases, students majoring in history may wish to pursue internship opportunities. Questions and requests regarding internships should be directed to the department’s lecturer/advisor, who has responsibility for evaluating internship proposals and deciding whether an internship may be taken for academic credit. For more information, click here.

All history majors will receive credit for the experiential education (EE) General Education requirement when they complete HIST 398.

Study Abroad

The department strongly encourages its students to explore the many study abroad opportunities provided by the Study Abroad Office. The experience of studying abroad opens intellectual horizons that can be glimpsed only in unfamiliar worlds, and it deepens one’s appreciation for the enduring power of historical context and circumstance.

The Department of History participates in a unique joint degree program with the National University of Singapore. The department also has an exchange program with King’s College in London. For further information about both programs, contact the Study Abroad Office and the director of undergraduate studies in the department. General information for history majors wishing to study abroad can be found on the department's Web site.

Undergraduate Awards

All majors who complete the required undergraduate seminar (HIST 398) are automatically eligible for the annual Joshua Meador Prize, awarded to the author of the best seminar paper written in the preceding calendar year. A named prize is also awarded to the author of the best honors thesis; the award is announced at the annual spring honors banquet.

The Department of History sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Students who have taken 12 hours of history courses at UNC–Chapel Hill and who have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and an average in history courses of 3.1 are eligible to apply for membership. An announcement regarding applications for Phi Alpha Theta will be distributed to all history majors in the fall semester.

Undergraduate Research

The Department of History encourages undergraduate research in a variety of ways. The required seminar for majors (HIST 398) introduces students to historical research. The senior honors program (HIST 691H and HIST 692H) gives students an opportunity to carry out a yearlong research project. In both the fall and spring semesters, senior honors students may apply for competitive awards, including the Michael L. and Matthew L. Boyatt Awards in History for Undergraduate Research and the David Anthony Kusa Undergraduate Research Award, to help support travel for the purpose of research.