Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year 
    Apr 22, 2018  
Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year

History Major (B.A.)

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A history major prepares students for a broad range of careers in business, law, education, religion, communications, government service (both domestic and foreign), and other professions. It is excellent preparation for graduate study in history and for professional schools such as business administration and law. As a traditional major for students planning legal careers, the department offers students a strong background in western and non-western institutions and values.

The major also provides subject preparation for those seeking a career in education. History majors who wish to obtain certification for secondary teaching must meet additional requirements through the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education. The student’s degree affiliation remains in Arts and Sciences, and he or she must meet all University Core Curriculum and General Education Distribution Requirements imposed by the bachelor of arts.

Required Courses

General Education - Univ Core Curriculum: 22 Credits

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General Education - Distribution Areas: 27 Credits

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History Major: 44 Credits

II. Advanced Surveys and Special Studies: 24 Credits*

  • Select six courses at the 300- or 400-level. Excludes HIST 495  and HIST 497 . (24)

General Electives: 35 Credits

Total Required Credits: 128

* With some exceptions, 300-level courses are European and American period courses; 400-level courses are normally area studies or topical courses. Students should consult with their advisors to achieve a suitable balance of 300- and 400-level courses.

** A history major is expected to enroll in a Senior Seminar (HIST 495 ). With permission of the instructor and department chair, a student with a special project may substitute Independent Studies (HIST 497 ) for this requirement.

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