Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

History BA - Program Requirements


546 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4130
Victoria Wolcott
Carole Emberton
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 22.05 HISTORY, CIP: 54.0101 History, General)

Completing the History BA Program

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.15 in history courses is required to graduate.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students majoring in history may receive credit for up to five history courses (15 credit hours) but must take seven upper-level history courses, including the two 400-level seminars, at UB. Whenever possible, transfer courses are articulated with existing UB history courses. Students may transfer up to two history courses (6 credit hours) for credit toward the minor. Transfer students should come to the undergraduate studies office for advisement.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

Required Courses

Twelve history courses (36 credit hours) distributed as described below.
A minimum of eight must be upper-division courses (300-400 level), including a minimum of two 400-level seminars.

Level and Breadth

To ensure a broad knowledge of history, all history majors must take at least one course, at any level, in each of the following areas:

a) Early or early modern history of any civilization to 1800 (EAR)
b) Asian, African continent, or Latin American history of any period (AAL)
c) Modern European history since 1800 (MOD)
d) U.S. history (US)

  1. A course that seems to fall into two breadth areas may be used to satisfy the requirement of one.
  2. A course used to fulfill a requirement for a double major, joint major, or a minor in another subject may not also fulfill a requirement for the history major.
  3. Preferably all breadth requirements should be completed within the History Department. Exceptions may be made for transfer students. Numerous 100 and 200 level courses fulfill the breadth requirements.

UB Seminars cannot count towards major requirements.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Honors are achieved when students fulfill the standard requirements for the major, and a two-semester sequence of research seminars. These are Honors Thesis 497 I (seminar) and Honors Thesis 497 II (tutorial), in which students prepare a thesis of approximately thirty to forty pages. Upon admission to the program, honors students are responsible for arranging with a faculty mentor to guide their thesis research and writing, normally completed in the senior year. Honors students may, at the discretion of their mentors and upon approval of the directors of undergraduate and graduate studies, participate in a relevant graduate seminar or seminars. Honors students who complete the thesis and attain a minimum GPA of 3.33 in the major will graduate with Honors in history.

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major36
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum40
Additional Credits Required for Electives44
Total Credits Required for Degree120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:31 AM