Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 54.0101
Major Code HTY
Department Code HTY
Degree Website

The B.A. in History encourages students to move beyond traditional memorization of material to a sophisticated level of thinking, analysis, and synthesis. Because of their highly developed critical thinking, writing, and presentational skills, accomplished history majors are attractive to many kinds of employers in any number of fields, as well as to graduate and professional schools. Many USFSM graduates in History have gone on to careers in law, library and information science, government, foreign service, politics, and education.


The History curriculum is designed to prepare students for a future in professions that require solid research, writing, and analytical skills and value a perspective informed by history. By the time History majors graduate, they should be able to write well organized and grammatically correct papers that contain clear thesis statements and evidence to support their arguments. Moreover, in each course, students will be trained in the evaluation of primary and secondary source materials, weighing the impact of historical context on the construction of documents – a skill we label “thinking historically.” During their senior year, students will demonstrate their acquired skills in the Pro-Seminar capstone course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of historical context in analyzing the nature of past societies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the practice of history and interpretations of the past have changed over time.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of methodologies and theoretical constructs currently employed by historians.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze works by historians and identify their arguments and interpretations.
  • Present the results of historical research in a logically organized, written paper that is grammatically correct and presents a thesis, supported by relevant documentation.


Students majoring in History must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CLASS, as well as the following:

  • Students must have a USFSM GPA within the major of at least 2.25 before taking HIS 3930 (Research Methods in History), HIS 4104 and HIS 4936.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students are required to take six (6) credit hours of introductory history courses in the following prefixes.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Number Course Number Credit Hours
AMH XXXX AMH 2010, AMH 2020 3
EUH XXXX EUH 2011, EUH 2012, EUH 2030, EUH 2031 3

Program of Study

A minimum of 33 credit hours in history.

Required Degree Core

Choose 0ne (1) additional course (3 credits) from the following list selected so that, when combined with those taken as State-Mandated Common Prerequisites, create a two-course sequence:  AMH 2010/2020, EUH 2011/2012, or EUH 2030/2031.  The course cannot be counted if taken as a state mandated prerequisite.  The course may be taken before beginning the major, but if not, should be taken in first semester of work in the major, and must be taken within first 30 hours of the program.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
AMH 2010 American History I 3 None SMSS
AMH 2020 American History II 3 None SMSS
EUH 2011 Ancient History I 3 None
EUH 2012 Ancient History II 3 None
EUH 2030 Modern European History I 3 None
EUH 2031 Modern European History II 3 None

Student must take the following courses (9 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
HIS 3930 Special Topics: Research Methods in History 3 History major status; at least 6 credits in History and 2.25 History GPA Taken when junior status is achieved and before HIS 4936
HIS 4104 Theory and Methods of History 3 History Majors only with major GPA of 2.25 Taken when junior status is achieved and before HIS 4936
HIS 4936 Pro-Seminar in History 3 PR: HIS 4104; History Majors only with 2.25 major GPA; DPR 6ACM, SMCC; Taken when senior status is achieved and after HIS 4104

Required Degree Electives

The remaining seven (7) courses (21 credit hours) may be chosen from any upper-level History course. Below is a sample listing of courses offered at USFSM, but this list is not conclusive:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
AMH 3130 The American Revolutionary Era 3 None
AMH 3140 The Age of Jefferson 3 None
AMH 3201 The United States, 1877-1914 3 None
AMH 3231 The United States, 1914-1945 3 None
AMH 3423 Modern Florida 3 None
AMH 3562 American Women II 3 None
AMH 3571 African American History to 1865 3 None
AMH 3572 African American History since 1865 3 None
EUH 3142 Renaissance and Reformation 3 None
EUH 3181 Medieval Culture 3 None
EUH 3401 Classical Greece 3 None
EUH 3402 Age of Alexander 3 None
EUH 3412 Roman Republic 3 None
EUH 3413 Roman Empire 3 None
EUH 3501 British History to 1688 3 None
HIS 3930 Special Topics: Fascism in 20th Century Europe 3 None
HIS 3930 Special Topics: Hitler and the Nazis 3 None
HIS 3930 Special Topics: World War II in Literature and Film 3 None
HIS 3930 Special Topics: Ancient World in Film 3 None
HIS 3930 Special Topics: Sport and Society in Ancient Greece 3 None

Electives and Minors

The requirements for the History degree allow for electives outside the major. Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies. Students may elect to pursue any minor; however, the following minors at USFSM would well complement a History degree: Education, English Literature, Political Science, Sociology, or Spanish and Latin American Studies.