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Major Requirements

Major Degree Requirements

Avila’s history program emphasizes the acquisition of a breadth of historical knowledge and the research skills of historical scholarship that encompass the fields of American and World history. The history curriculum incorporates multiple perspectives and methodological approaches to human history, thus capturing the experiences of the rich and poor, the powerful and oppressed.

A major in history prepares students for a variety of opportunities. Traditional professions for historians have been teaching in secondary schools, but other possibilities exist in historical preservation, archival work, and museum administration. The study of history has also been seen as an appropriate preparation for graduate study in law and information management/library studies.


Major in History (36 semester hours in History)

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in History must complete all the core degree requirements as stated in the University catalog. All history majors must receive a grade of “C” or above in all history courses. Lastly, history majors must create an electronic portfolio in HI 499 Senior Thesis, which serves as the departmental comprehensive examination in the history major.

The following history courses (36 hours) must be completed for the history major:


Introductory History Courses: 12 semester hours (Minimum)

Any four (4) lower-division (100 or 200 level) history courses but at least one lower-division course must be American history and at least one lower-division course must be World history.


Intermediate History Courses: 18 semester hours (Minimum)

Any six (6) upper-division (i.e., 300-level or above—excluding HI 399 and HI 499) history courses but at least two upper-division courses must be American history and at least two upper-division courses must be World history.


Advanced Courses in History:  6 semester hours

HI 399 Historical Methods (Must be completed at Avila University.)

HI 499 Senior Thesis (Capstone Course in the Major and must be completed at Avila University.)


Additional Requirements for the major in History:

EN 112 - Composition II: Rhetorical Argument (3)

PRE-2015 and 2015 CORE: University Functional Computer Literacy/Technology Requirement in the Major:  Met by completion of HI 399 Historical Methods at Avila University.

CORE 2015 Requirement for Civic Engagement (3 semester hours): Met by completion of HI 396 Public History or HI 496 Internship in History.

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