History at Penn State Altoona

History, B.A. (HISAL)

Recommended Academic Plan

Freshman Year

Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 GWS: Honors Freshman Composition3
Foreign Language I4
MATH (GQ)3
History Survey3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
First-Year Seminar (FYS)1
Total Credits15.5
Semester 2Credits
CAS 100 GWS: Effective Speech3
Foreign Language II4
Natural Sciences (GN)3
History Survey3
Arts (GA)3
Total Credits16

Sophomore Year

Semester 3Credits
Elective3
Foreign Language III4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
Elective3
History Survey3
Total Credits16
Semester 4Credits
Elective3
MATH (GQ)3
Humanities (GH)3
History xxx (Non-Western)3
History Survey3
Total Credits15

Junior Year

Semester 5Credits
BA Required Course3
HIST xxx3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
HIST 4xx3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits16.5
Semester 6Credits
Semester 6Credits
BA Required Course3
Humanities (GH) US/IL3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
HIST 4xx3
HIST 302W: Undergraduate Seminar3
Total Credits15

Senior Year

Semester 7Credits
BA Required Course US/IL3
HIST 4xx3
HIST 494: Research Project  OR HIST 495 Capstone: Internship1
ENGL 202B GWS: Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credits16
Semester 8Credits
BA Required Course3
HIST 494: Research Project  OR HIST 495 Capstone: Internship3
HIST xxx Non-Western3
Elective3
Arts GA3
Total Credits15

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Program year date
Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester

Program notes: The history surveys are two of the three following sequences: History 1&2; History 10&11; History 20&21. The non-western courses ecompass any course at ay level the does not focus on the US or Europe.

student must begin planning their senior capstone during their junior year

Academic Advising Notes:
total credits for the major is 124 plus 1 credit (PSU 003) = 125 credits total


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