Program Details

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

History Major

Program Details

The major in history offers one of the broadest and most flexible liberal arts fields at the College. It is intended for those who seek an understanding of the human condition through its historical development, and it has special relevance to those wishing to prepare themselves for fields such as secondary school social science teaching, elementary school teaching, government service of all varieties, graduate study of history, and other careers requiring a liberal arts preparation. It also is an excellent undergraduate background for those contemplating professional training in law, library science, and similar fields.

Special Opportunities

Utica College has a student-run history club which is open to all students with an interest in history. The College also has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history. Utica College's chapter, Gamma Xi, was chartered in 1950. Members receive the national publication, The Historian, and may attend national conventions held by the American Historical Association.

Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education - click here for details.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120


(See also General Education Core)

Course Credit Hours Year Taken
Core 34-55  
Major Course Requirements
History 126 The US before 1877 3  
History 127    The US 1877-Present                                                                                                               3
Any two of the following three courses
History 135 The African American Experience 3  
History 145 The Pacific World 3  
History 165 Europe and the World 3  
History 155 Introduction to Historical Research Methods 1  
History 455 Historical Methods 3  
History 456 Guided Historical Research 3  
200-, 300-, 400-, 500-level history courses 27  
At least 9 hours must be taken in history courses in each of the following areas:
  1. U.S. History 207, 305, 306, 308, 311, 312, 313, 316, 323, 324, 325, 345, select topics
  2. European History 266, 364, 365, 367, 371, 372, 376, 381, select topics
  3. Non-Western History 334, 335, 343, 344, 347, 348, 443, select topics
History majors are required to take History 155 by the spring semester of the freshman year. Transfer students enroll in History 155 during the first semester on campus. At least 27 credit hours in the History major must be at or above the 300-level.
The student must compete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 90 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

NOTE: Students in the education program who intend to student teach history or social studies should note that they must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) and have no grade lower than C (2.0) in any required major course in order to receive a favorable recommendation.


Sherri Cash, Ph.D.
History Department Chair
102 DePerno Hall

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