Bachelor of Arts

In order to know where you are going, you need to know where you’ve been. This basic tenet is a foundational concept for Florida International University’s BA in History students. Our program is forward-thinking, current and shapes graduates into leaders of tomorrow.

Globalization is a reality in today’s world. With emerging markets, evolving political states, and cultural conflicts, a bachelor’s degree in history will prepare you with a well-rounded regional view of the world’s most dynamic areas. Understand the complex interactions of the world’s cultures and develop the analytic skills needed to understand and change the world.

Students will gain critical skills for research, communication and investigative work as they learn about past societies and correlate these lessons to modern issues. Students will discover the causes and impacts of scientific and technological breakthroughs; environmental events; the formation, evolution and conflicts of family groups; mass migrations; wars, cultural encounters; and revolutions on regions across the world and from the ancient world to the present. The program covers art, religion, linguistic differences, and historical texts as well as philosophical thought on the cross sections of our shared human experience through time.

A degree in History is excellent preparation for a variety of careers and as preparation for advanced postgraduate studies in a number of disciplines. For examples of the experiences and opportunities enjoyed by some of our recent graduates, please see the alumni tab in the table of links to the left!


Common Lower Division Courses

Complete two of the following courses or their equivalent*:

· AFH 2000 African Civilizations

· AMH 2041 Origins of American Civilization

· AMH 2042 Modern American Civilization

· AMH 2010 American History 1607-1850

· AMH 2020 American History 1850-Present

· EUH 2011 Western Civilization: Early European Civilization

· EUH 2021 Western Civilization: Medieval to Modern Europe

· EUH 2030 Western Civilization: Europe in the Modern Era

· LAH 2020 Latin American Civilization

· WOH 2001 World Civilization

*Check with an advisor to see if courses you have taken as Dual Enrollment or at another institution fulfill the lower division course requirement.


Upper Division Program

One course, at the 3000 or 4000 level in each of the following areas:

Pre-Modern History of any Region 3

The United States 3

HIS 3051 Junior Seminar: Approaches to History 3

HIS 4935 Senior Seminar 3

Two courses, at the 3000 or 4000 level, in two of the following 4 areas:

Latin America 3

Africa 3

Asia 3

Modern Europe 3

Any four additional History courses (at the 3000 or 4000 level)

In addition to completing the History major, students are required to reach 120 total credits (including all accepted transfer credits), at least 48 of which must be upper division (3000-4000 level), complete the Foreign Language requirement, and complete two Global Learning courses.

Please speak with your advisor to create a specific study plan tailored to your remaining requirements.


B.A. with Honors

To earn the B.A. in History with Honors, a student must maintain a 3.5 GPA in History courses. Instead of “any four 3000 or 4000 level History classes” in the category of “additional History classes” as required for the B.A. major, candidates for the B.A. in History with Honors will complete the following Honors Track courses:

HIS 4052 Honors Historical Methods 3
HIS 4973 Honors Thesis in History 3