History at Penn State Altoona

History, B.A. (HISAL)

Degree Information

This major provides a broad introduction to the history of the great civilizations of the world and specific areas of historical inquiry. Centered in one of the basic, traditional disciplines, the History major offers invaluable preparation for students interested in a career in government, international relations, law, or librarianship, as well as essential training for those interested in a professional career as an academic or public historian, archivist, or secondary school teacher. Along with the perspective on the present that a study of the past engenders, the program develops skills in research, analysis, and synthesis that have proved useful in commerce and industry. The History major combines easily with minors or even multiple majors, providing flexibility in one's career choice.

For a B.A. degree in History, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:

(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 37 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
HIST 302W(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16 credits)
Select 12 credits in two of the three focus areas: HIST 001 GH;IL(3) and HIST 002 GH;IL(3); HIST 010 GH;IL(3) and HIST 011 GH;IL(3); HIST 020 GH;US(3) and HIST 021GH(3) (Sem: 1-8)
HIST 494(4) or HIST 495(4) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
At least 8 credits must be at the 400-level
Select 12 credits in history (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in non-Western history (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


For more information:

Marc Harris

Dr. Marc L. Harris
Associate Professor of History
Arts and Humanities

Office: C129D Smith Building
Phone: 814-949-5242
Email: @psu.edu

Steven Andrews

Dr. Steven C. Andrews
Instructor in History
Arts and Humanities

Office: C122 Smith Building
Phone: 814-949-5355
Email: @psu.edu