Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in History program at AU is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in research, methodology, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking. The rigorous curriculum ensures breadth and depth of preparation, geared to prepare students for graduate studies or careers in a variety of fields. Through an array of course choices covering all regions of the world and exciting topics, students can customize the major to suit their interests, while developing the knowledge of history needed to be productive global citizens.
Those who love history constantly ask: “What can I do with a history major?” The answer is “Quite a lot!” Some history majors pursue a course of study that will bring them licensure to teach social studies at the secondary level. Others pursue satisfying career opportunities in such fields as museum and archival work, government, communications, publishing, law, historical administration, and the travel industry. For students who are considering graduate school, the program is very effective in preparing students for the rigors of master’s or doctoral-level programs. AU graduates successfully compete for admission at the national and international level and have been accepted to outstanding graduate schools across the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to covering the essential bases, the history program is also highly individualized. Close relationships between students and faculty mentors are central to the program, and through coursework and on-campus activities and organizations, students have abundant opportunities to gain practical experience. Many also participate in independent study coursework to explore areas of particular interest. Exciting off-campus experiences are available as well, including internships and study abroad programs. Aurora University history students have interned at such places as the Aurora Historical Society, the Chicago Historical Society, Naper Settlement, and the National Archives in Washington D.C. Archives on campus, including the Doris M. Colby Memorial Archives and the Jenks Memorial Collection of Adventual Materials, as well as the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, also enable students to do hands-on research and gain practical work experience.
Students majoring in history are also encouraged to combine the history major with another major or with one or more minors. Bringing this kind of variety into a program greatly enhances the history major and stimulates students’ thoughts about how they could turn their love of history into a rewarding career.
|Required Survey Courses|
|Select 12 semester hours of the following:||12|
|American History I (to 1877)|
|American History II (since 1877)|
|World History I (to 1500)|
|World History II (since 1500)|
|HIS-2200||Introduction to Historical Methods||4|
|HIS-3400||Problems in History||4|
|HIS-4990||Senior Seminar in History||4|
|Select 16 semester hours of the following: 1||16|
|Origins of Greek Philosophy|
|Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome|
|Africa in World History 2|
|Russian History to 1917|
|Russian and Soviet History Since 1917|
|Religion in America|
|Selected Topics in History|
|American Urban History|
|The African-American Experience|
|History of African-American Masculinity|
|Women in American History|
|United States History Since the 1960s|
|Renaissance and Revival|
|Global Environmental History 3|
|Latin American History 2|
|Hitler and the Nazi Revolution|
|History of the Middle East 2|
|History of East Asia 2|
|Religion and Politics in World History|
|Selected Topics in History|
|Readings Seminars in U.S., European, Non-Western, Latin American Or Intellectual History|
With at least four semester hours in non-Western history, and at least 8 hours from courses numbered at the 3000-level or higher.
Non-Western history courses. (HIS-2810-9 Selected Topics in History, HIS-3810-9 Selected Topics in History and HIS-4100 Readings Seminars in U.S., European, Non-Western, Latin American Or Intellectual History sometimes fulfill this requirement depending on the topic offered.
Required selection for secondary education majors
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
A student who graduates from Aurora University with a baccalaureate degree will have met the following requirements:
- Completion of all requirements for an approved major (with no grades lower than “C”).
- Overall completion of at least 120 semester hours of coursework with a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (a course may be utilized only once in application toward a degree requirement, unless otherwise noted in the academic regulations). The 120 semester hours of coursework must include:
- At least 52 semester hours completed at a senior college.
- Residency Requirement - At least 30 semester hours completed at Aurora University, including the last 24 semester hours in the degree, and including at least 18 semester hours in the major. (Portfolio assessment credit, life and vocational experience credit, off-campus experience credit, examination credit, participation credit, and block credit, shall not count toward the residency requirement).
- Upper-Division Requirement - A minimum of 30 semester hours numbered 3000 or above. Of these 30 semester hours, 15 semester hours must lie within the major and 15 semester hours must be completed at Aurora University.
- Completion of all General Education requirements (with no grades lower than “C”), as follows:
- Quantitative and Formal Reasoning competency requirement
- ENG-1000 Introduction to Academic Writing
- IDS-1200 Discover What Matters or GWC-1000 or IDS-3040 Global Justice
- IDS-1150 First Year Experience or GWC-4000 - Not required for Transfer or AU Online students)
- Satisfactory participation in the junior-year mentoring and assessment process designed to guide students to successful completion of their degree and to encourage planning for next steps beyond graduation. (IDS-3500 Junior Mentoring Program I and IDS-3550 Junior Mentoring Program II - Not required for ADC or AU Online students)
- Distribution Requirements
Students will complete one approved course1 from each of the following categories:
- Artistic Literacy
- Cultural Literacy
- Human Inquiry
- Scientific Inquiry
In addition to the above, ADC and Online students will also complete one approved course1 from the following category:
- Integration and Application
Only courses that are approved to meet the distribution requirement can be used toward this requirement. See the list of approved courses for available options. Courses taken to meet distribution requirements are 4 semester hours apiece, with the following exceptions:
- Historical Content: Understanding of the major events, movements, developments, and ideas of American, Western, and non-Western history.
- Historical Understanding: Demonstration of historical awareness – that primary sources are fundamentally different from secondary sources, that there are multiple voices in any set of primary sources, that one must interpret these documents to account for these multiple voices, that not all sources are equally valid and so must be evaluated and corroborated, and that sources must be interpreted within their historical context.
- Knowledge of Discipline: Understanding of history as an academic discipline – the changing definitions of history over time, the differences between history and other disciplines in terms of content and methodology, the interdisciplinary nature of history, and the major stages, theories, and controversies in the development of history as a discipline.
- Academic Skills: Ability to think critically, read and conduct research effectively, and communicate clearly, orally and in writing.