Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

History - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor
Graduate: MA, PhD

Advisement

New majors are encouraged to meet with the director of undergraduate studies to plan their course of study and to discuss any special plans like internships and study abroad programs. The director is available to students at any point in the semester to answer questions or to discuss academic issues or concerns.

For more information please come to the undergraduate studies office at 554 Park Hall, visit us at http://www.cas.buffalo.edu/depts/history, call us at (716) 645-8405 or email us at dushist@buffalo.edu. This office handles all advising of undergraduate students.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students majoring in history may receive credit for up to five history courses (15 credit hours) but must take seven upper-level history courses, including the two 400-level seminars, at UB. Whenever possible, transfer courses are articulated with existing UB history courses. Acceptance criteria and all other requirements are the same as for regular majors. Students may transfer up to two history courses (6 credit hours) for credit toward the minor. Transfer students should come to the undergraduate studies office for advisement even when placed in the major upon enrollment at UB.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

History - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C in two history courses.

Advising Notes

Minimum grade of C- required in any course to count toward graduation requirements.
A minimum GPA of 2.15 in history courses is required to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two history courses (with a minimum grade of C in both).

Required Courses

Twelve history courses (36 credit hours) distributed in accordance with the level and breadth requirements described below are required.

A minimum of seven of those must be upper-division courses (300-400 level), including a minimum of two 400-level seminars.

A maximum of five transfer, cross-listed, or petitioned courses at any level may be applied toward the major.

Level and Breadth

To ensure a broad knowledge of history, all history majors must take at least one course, at any level, in each of the following areas:

a) Early or early modern history of any civilization to 1800 (EAR)
b) Asian, African continent, or Latin American history of any period (AAL)
c) Modern European history since 1800 (MOD)
d) U.S. history of any period (US)

1. A course that seems to fall into two breadth areas may be used to satisfy the requirement of one. (For example, HIS 181 Asian Civilization may be counted under a or b above, but not both.).
2. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit will not count toward the 36 credit hours required for the major. However, A.P. credit (with a score of four or better) in U.S. or European history, or I.B. credit (with a score of five or better) in U.S., European, African, or Asian history, can fulfill breadth requirements.
3. Courses with grades of Satisfactory under the S/U option (elected by the student) or Pass under the P/F option (designated by the instructor) are not acceptable in fulfillment of the course requirements for history majors.
4. A course used to fulfill a requirement for a double major, joint major, or a minor in another subject may not also fulfill a requirement for the history major.
5. Preferably all breadth requirements should be completed within the History Department. Exceptions may be made for transfer students. Numerous 100 and 200 level courses fulfill the breadth requirements, and all students are encouraged to take these courses for that purpose.

Note: There are no prerequisites for progression through the history major, but history students are encouraged to take lower-level courses prior to taking upper-level ones. Students are also urged not to take two 400-level seminars in the same semester. Students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies in Park 540 to plan their course of study.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 36
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 44
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Writing, mathematics and foreign language courses are subject to placement. Alternate exam credit or transfer credits may change placement.

*Up to five history courses at the 100-level may be counted toward the major requirements. Recommended courses include HIS 141, HIS 142, HIS 143, HIS 144, HIS 161, HIS 162, HIS 181, and HIS 182. See catalogue for thematic 200-level courses. It is recommended that these courses be taken in either the first or second year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Develop historical information: events; people; range of social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental factors; change over time
  • Explain the particularities and influence of the past
  • Interpret complexity and compare regions and time periods
  • Assess and challenge historical narratives and viewpoints
  • Display disciplined, sophisticated use of information
  • Hone critical thinking and reading
  • Develop research skills: posing questions, obtaining evidence, identifying gaps in record
  • Construct historical arguments: make an argument, support interpretation
  • Cultivate oral communication: present research findings clearly, analyze primary and secondary sources in discussion
  • Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

    View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the History BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

    History - Minor

    Acceptance Criteria

    Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

    Advising Notes

    A minimum grade of C- is required in any course intended to count toward graduation requirements.

    Courses with grades of Satisfactory under the S/U option (designated by the student) or Pass under P/F option (designated by the student) are not acceptable in fulfillment of the course requirements for history minors.

    A course used to fulfill a requirement for a major or minor in another subject may not also fulfill a requirement for the history minor.

    Required Courses

    18 credit hours (normally six, 3-credit courses) must be completed with a minimum grade of C- required in each course intended to count toward graduation requirements.

    A minimum of 3 of these must be upper-division courses. (300-400 level)

    A maximum of 2 transfer, cross-listed, or petitioned courses may be counted toward the history minor.

    Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit will not count toward the 18 credit hours required for the minor.

    Note: There are no prerequisites for progression through the history minor, but history students are encouraged to take lower level courses prior to taking upper level courses. Students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies in Park 540 to plan their course of study.

    Up to five history courses at the 100-level may be counted toward the major requirements. Recommended courses include HIS 141, HIS 142, HIS 143, HIS 144, HIS 161, HIS 162, HIS 181, and HIS 182. See catalogue for thematic 200-level courses. It is recommended that these courses be taken in either the first or second year.

    Minor Credit Requirements Chart
    Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

    Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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