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American University Catalog 2017-2018

History (BA)


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Offered by the Department of History , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program


Formal admission to the major requires departmental approval.

University Requirements


  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements


  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements


  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above the 300-level
    • At least 20 of the 39 credit hours for the major must be taken in residence at American University
    • The department recommends that before enrolling in a course at or above the 300-level, students should complete a suitable introductory course or attain equivalent knowledge

Advanced Placement


Prospective history majors may qualify for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 advanced placement (AP) credits toward the major for the following exams: American history, European history, and world history, provided the student earns a grade of 4 or 5 on the AP examination. Students cannot receive AP credit towards the major if they also take the comparable survey courses in either American history (HIST-205  and HIST-206 ) or European history (HIST-110 ). A satisfactory International Baccalaureate (IB) examination may count toward fulfilling a specific course requirement for the major. Entering students with academic credit for IB examinations in history courses should consult with the department. A total of 6 AP and IB credits can be counted toward the history major.

Course Requirements


Ancient or Medieval History (3 credit hours)


Complete one course in ancient or medieval history (any area of the world, focusing on premodern era) from the following, or other approved courses:

United States History (6 credit hours)


History Electives (9-12 credit hours)


  • 9-12 credit hours in additional courses to make a total of 39 credit hours in history (which may include JWST-205 Ancient and Medieval Jewish Civilization FA2 (3) ). At least 20 of the 39 credit hours must be taken at American University; at least 18 of the 39 must be at or above the 300-level

Combined (BA) and History (MA)


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees  for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Students in this program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Students will be admitted formally to MA status only if they have completed all requirements for the BA in History with at least an overall 3.20 grade point average and a 3.50 grade point average in history courses.
  • Undergraduate students pursuing the MA in History (30 credit hours) may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework in history to satisfy the requirements of both degrees. Undergraduate students pursuing the MA in History (public history concentration) (36 credit hours) may apply up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework in history to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.

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