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Academic Program Guide


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Anne Kozar
Address: 421A Bellamy Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-4494

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Studying History will equip you with transferable skills sought in today’s job market, world cultural literacy, and historical knowledge. FSU's History degree will introduce you to thought­ provoking History courses covering many regions of the world. The History Major at FSU prides itself on both its breadth and depth - yet it will also allow you to focus more on a particular theme or area. In addition to the historical knowledge you will gain, you will learn to research, analyze, and interpret data and to communicate persuasively in both writing and speech. The History Major will allow you to become a confident and informed citizen.

The History Department also participates in the undergraduate programs in Asian, Middle East, Latin American, Caribbean, Russian and East European studies, and the Honors Program.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (6 hours)
Two introductory courses in History with an AFH, AMH, ASH, EUH, HIS, LAH, or WOH prefix.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.00 on FSU coursework with at least half the required hours in General Education completed, including English composition and mathematics. In order to graduate, students must earn a minimum grade of C minus or higher in major and minor coursework, with a minimum GPA of 2.00 within both the major and minor.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (39 hours*)
39 hours are required (including two World History courses if no European test credit has been earned).

At least 21 of these hours must be earned at FSU.

Students with history test credit (American or European AP, IB, or CLEP) should contact the departmental advisor before taking any of the courses below.

* Students entering FSU prior to Fall 2012 are required to complete 33 credits.

All of the following, or their equivalent (12 hours)
WOH 2023 (3) The Modern World to 1815 (community college equivalent EUH 1000 or WOH 1012)
WOH 2030 (3) The Modern World since 1815 (community college equivalent EUH 1001 or WOH1022)
AMH 2010 (3) A History of the United States to 1865
AMH 2020 (3) A History of the United States since 1865

27 additional hours in upper level history courses distributed as follows:
U. S. History: 6 hours
European History: 6 hours
Latin American or Asian or African or Russian or World History (in any combination): 6 hours
Two additional 3/4000-level history courses, any topic: 6 hours (Required of students entering Fall 2012 and after)
HIS 4935 (3) Senior Seminar (Topics vary).

Directed Individual Studies, Tutorials, and Honors work may not be counted toward the major. Students must complete a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level. A minor (or second major) is required.

Minor Coursework: 12 hours in an approved minor area, or 15 hours in an approved interdepartmental minor or requirements as stated by the minor area.

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3), EME 2040 (3), or HIS 4164 (3) can be taken to meet this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36
Major Coursework 39
Minor Coursework 12
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Other Coursework 0
Electives 15-30


Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: Given the wide variety of jobs and professions that you can enter as a History graduate, it is hard to give exact figures. But research has shown that potential first-job pay gaps between History and STEM graduates even out or reverse within ten years.

For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: CEO, Diplomat, Social Media Influencer, Video Game Designer, Data Analyst, IT Specialist, Actor, Auctioneer/Appraiser, Journalist/ Media Editor, Consultant, PR specialist , Teacher (K- 12), Banker, Securities Broker, Politician, Lobbyist, Law Enforcement, Intelligence Analyst (CIA/FBI/NSA etc.), Sales Personnel, Management (all ranks, Business, Government etc.).

And with additional qualifications: Lawyer, Librarian, Historian, Archivist, Historical Preservation/Museum Specialist.

Representative Employers: All local, state, and national governments. All government agencies. All business and industry. All media: print, broadcasting, cyber, and social. Entertainment and education. All museums, galleries, and exhibition spaces. NGOs, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University

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