History Undergraduate Degree Programs

 

A student majoring in history will find a variety of programs of study enabling one to develop depth and breadth in history. Counseling is available in the History Department for programs of study including the following: graduate school preparation, general, pre-professional and pre-law preparation, international studies, secondary school teaching, and the fine arts. A student who wishes to plan an individual program of study can do so through a history advisor with the coordination of the department chair.

Graduates will be able to:

 

  • Display knowledge of important events and periods, and their significance in history
  • Demonstrate critical historical analysis
  • Conduct historical research
  • Communicate historical knowledge to other people
  • Practice historical thinking as central to engaged citizenship

 

These abilities have led graduates of the UAH History Department to succeed in a wide range of careers. They are chief executives (Discovery Channel, Alabama Power), teachers at all levels, scholars, government analysts, museum curators, business owners, and more. For some typical careers of history majors and for links to some of our alums, view our alumni page.

Bachelor of Arts in History

 

This is the “history major” appropriate for most.  To earn a bachelor of arts in history, a student must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in history beyond HY 103 and 104.  Students under the 2017 academic catalog may take no more than two public history classes that count toward the major and are prohibited from pursuing the public history minor.  Worksheet for the History Major

For a full list of courses for the history major, visit the UAH Catalog.

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History BA with Public History Track

The history major with a public history track is a “super-major” for students who seek applied skills in vocations related to history.  Public History at UAH offers students opportunities to take a range of classes in historical interpretation, cultural resource management, historical archaeology, architectural history, archival management, and research methodology. This curriculum complements students’ training in more-traditional history classes and helps prepare for a broad range of careers in fields beyond teaching.  It requires a higher GPA than the History BA.  Worksheet for the History Major with Public History Track

Active learning through semester-long internships is an essential element of public history. UAH students have interned at many institutions, including the following:

 

  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • NASA Marshall Space Center
  • History Channel
  • National Park Service’s Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Site
  • Redstone Arsenal
  • Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Huntsville/Madison County Archives
  • Huntsville/Madison County Special Collection
  • UAH Library Special Collection
  • State of Tennessee Park System

 

Students wishing to undertake a public history internship class are expected take initiative before the semester of enrollment and must complete the following form:  UAH Public History Internship Application

Students have also worked as volunteers and paid summer staff at local museums and cultural destinations. Occasional public outreach initiatives have served the local community. University faculty and students focus on developing workplace skills in a wide variety of collaborative projects, services, and programs.

For more information about public history or current projects, please contact one of the following faculty:

Dr. Christine Sears christine.sears@uah.edu

Dr. Stephen Waring stephen.waring@uah.edu

You can also learn more about public history in Northern Alabama and the Tennessee River Valley by visiting the program's Facebook group page.

View the UAH Catalog.

History Minor

A history minor must take a minimum of 21 semester hours of history including:either the World History or United States History sequence, three semesters hours in courses numbered 200 or above, and 12 semester hours in courses numbered 300 or above.  Worksheet for the History Minor

History and Education

Students majoring in education may select history as their second area of study or may elect to pursue a dual degree. Degrees exist in History, BA Secondary Education and History and Social Sciences, BA Secondary.  Requirements can be found in the Education section of the course catalog. Preliminary counseling is available in the College of Education and the History department.

Public History Minor

Public History at UAH offers non-history majors opportunities to take a range of classes in historical interpretation, cultural resource management, historical archaeology, architectural history, archival management, and research methodology. This curriculum complements students’ training in more traditional history classes and prepares them for a broad range of careers in fields other than teaching.

The department is expanding its course and degree offerings in public history and will announce changes as they get final approval.  In addition to multiple courses, currently, we support an interdisciplinary minor in public history.  Worksheet for the Public History Minor

Active learning through semester-long internships is an essential element of public history. UAH students have interned at many institutions, including the following:

 

  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center

  • NASA Marshall Space Center

  • History Channel

  • National Park Service’s Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Site

  • Redstone Arsenal

  • Huntsville Museum of Art

  • Huntsville/Madison County Archives

  • Huntsville/Madison County Special Collection

  • UAH Library Special Collection

  • State of Tennessee Park System

 

Students wishing to undertake a public history internship class are expected take initiative before the semester of enrollment and must complete the following form:  UAH Public History Internship Application

Students have also worked as volunteers and paid summer staff at local museums and cultural destinations. Occasional public outreach initiatives have also served the local community. University faculty and students focus on developing workplace skills in a wide variety of collaborative projects, services, and programs.

For more information about public history or current projects, please contact one of the following faculty:

Dr. Christine Sears christine.sears@uah.edu

Dr. Stephen Waring stephen.waring@uah.edu

You can also learn more about public history in Northern Alabama and the Tennessee River Valley by visiting the program's Facebook group page.

For a full list of courses for the history minors, visit the UAH Catalog.

View the Catalog