Undergraduate Program

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The History Department offers several different degree programs for undergraduate students and a selection of other minor and certificate options for students interested in supplementing other degree programs or emphasizing a particular aspect of their historical training. 

Bachelor of Arts in History

Description of the Bachelor of Arts Degree

 A BA in History gives students a familiarity with and an appreciation for the study of the past that emphasizes: 

  • Critical Thinking: Skills necessary to properly analyze historical evidence and argument, and crucial to a number of careers.
  • Diversity and Relevance: An understanding fo the breadth and diversity of human experience throughout history, and how this experience connects with the present. Studying history is essential for becoming an informed citizen of the world today. 
  • Communication: The ability to effectively articulate original historical interpretation and argument in written, oral, and non-verbal forms of expression. Effective communication skills are desirable in almost any career field. 
  • Flexibility: With a wide range of course offerings and requirements that prioritize choice, students can tailor their plan of study to fit their individual needs, whether preparing for graduate study in history, law school, or a career in education, business, or many other fields. 

In addition, the BA degree allows students to gain a deeper perspective on local and global cultures by requiring the study of a foreign language. 

Visit the academic catalog to learn more about the requirements for a BA in History. The NAU catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source.  

For full requirements or further information, please visit the History Department in Liberal Arts Building 213 or contact us at 928-523-4378.

Bachelor of Science in History

Description of the Bachelor of Science

A BS in History gives students a familiarity with and an appreciation for the study of the past that emphasizes:

  • Critical Thinking: Skills necessary to properly analyze historical evidence and argument, and crucial to a number of careers.
  • Diversity and Relevance: An understanding fo the breadth and diversity of human experience throughout history, and how this experience connects with the present. Studying history is essential for becoming an informed citizen of the world today. 
  • Communication: The ability to effectively articulate original historical interpretation and argument in written, oral, and non-verbal forms of expression. Effective communication skills are desirable in almost any career field. 
  • Flexibility: With a wide range of course offerings and requirements that prioritize choice, students can tailor their plan of study to fit their individual needs, whether preparing for graduate study in history, law school, or a career in education, business, or many other fields. 
In addition, the BS degree allows students to develop a meaningful relationship between their study of history and that of another discipline, by requiring a minor field of study. 
Visit the academic catalog to learn more about the requirements for a BS in History with an extended major and minor. The NAU catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source. 

For full requirements or further information, please visit the History Department in Liberal Arts Building 213 or contact us at 928-523-4378.

Bachelor of Science Education in History and Social Studies Secondary Education

Description of the Bachelor of Science Education in History and Social Studies Secondary Education
The Department of History also offers an education degree for students interested in teaching secondary history and social studies. For more information on the BSEd History and Social Studies Secondary Education program, please see the program page on the Inquiry in Teaching and Learning website. 

Departmental Honors Program in History

Description of the History Honors Program

Students may participate in the department’s honor’s program, which is intended to enhance students’ opportunities for graduate and professional studies and employment opportunities in history-related careers.  There are two application stages in the program: 

  1. an application for general admission and 
  2. an application for your culminating project that includes an endorsement by a History Department faculty member.  

More information on this process and project requirements may be obtained in the history department office. Application forms may be found on the Student Resources Forms page. 

Minor in History

Description of the Minor in History
Visit the academic catalog to learn more about the requirements for a Minor in History. The NAU catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source. 

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All history majors take a senior seminar class, marking the culmination of their undergraduate career with a major research project. This course, taught by Dr. Michael Amundson, examined the modern American West.

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Dr. Martin Kalb's class on recent Europe developed a blog, Traveling through Recent Europe, in which students examine the writings of Geert Mak and his In Europe: Travels through the Twentieth Century (2004) and unpack the intricacies of his observations.