Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

History Major (BA)

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History Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why should you major or minor in History? A History degree provides students with the skills necessary for success in a wide range of careers. The Department’s faculty works with you from your first semester to your graduation to prepare you for real-world positions as library and museum curators, as well as for careers in public service, business, law, and teaching. For more information about specific careers for History majors, see American Historical Association’s Guide to Careers in History. We are committed to having our regular full-time faculty teach at all levels of the curriculum, which means that students receive individual attention and access to their professors, many of whom are internationally renowned for their scholarly expertise. We promote engaged forms of scholarship, with an emphasis on helping students understand and learn the process and rewards of historical inquiry and the many uses of imagination in researching and writing history. We evaluate our success in terms of the impact that it has on students, colleagues, institutions, and fellow citizens. At a most basic level, we believe that historical consciousness is crucial to the cultural health of Nevada and to an informed understanding of the problems and challenges facing our world today and tomorrow.

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, History Department web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the development of the world history from antiquity to the present.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the changing nature of historical interpretation and the ability to make independent judgments about conflicting historical interpretations.
  3. Demonstrate training in the collection, analysis and evaluation of historical information.
  4. Demonstrate training in critical thinking and the ability to construct a cogent argument on the basis of historical information.
  5. Demonstrate training in clarity of expression orally and in writing.

University Graduation Requirements

History Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

(see note 1 below)

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 35-47 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18-20

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-6

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:

Major Requirements - BA in History - Subtotal: 60 Credits

General Electives - Credits: 13-25

Total Credits: 120


  1. All history courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher to be counted towards the degree program.
  2.  HIST 251  , HIST 451  are milestone courses for History B.A.

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