A specialization in History provides a global perspective on the social, political and intellectual development of civilizations. It allows students an opportunity to reflect on the past, gain a historical perspective on the present, and acquire a knowledge and understanding of human behavior. A History specialization may choose courses that deal with Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

The History program offers a curriculum that is designed to prepare graduates to function in and contribute to an expanding society; enhance critical thinking skills; to develop an appreciation and understanding of history research methodologies; to make students aware of the contributions of diverse cultures to our global society and be able to internalize and integrate this information into their total knowledge base; and prepare students for advanced professional studies as well as varied career opportunities.


To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a Specialization in History, a student must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours including 30 semester credit hours in History. The required courses are HIS 101, 102, 201, 202; 314 or 316; 333 or 366, and HIS 499; the remaining 12 semester credit hours of 300/400 level History courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Additionally, the student must complete a minor.

A minor in History requires the completion of 21 semester credit hours. Specific course requirements include HIS 102, 201, and 202; the remaining 12 semester credit hours must be selected in consultation with the student’s minor advisor from 300/400 level History courses. In addition, students must complete HIS 108 as part of the Liberal Studies requirement.

History students have local opportunities to participate in internships.  Check out some of the links below:

Kentucky Historical Society, contact Phyllis Gilman

Liberty Hall, contact Kate Hesseldenz

Shaker Village, contact Jill Malusky


Erin Wiggins Gilliam, Ph.D.