History

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in History must complete:

  • General Education requirements (43-60 hours, depending on History Option)
  • History Core courses (15 hours)
  • One of the three History Options:
    • A. History
    • B. History - Pre-Law
    • C. History - Teacher Certification

Additional information:

** Useful on-line History Study Guides on reading, researching, writing, citing sources, and giving presentations **

Spring 2013


I. General Education Requirements

History (Option A) majors: 60-semester-hour College and WIU General Education

History's Pre-Law (Option B) majors: 60-semester-hour College & WIU General Education, including POLS 122 and PHIL 205.

History - Teacher Certification (Option C) majors: 43-semester-hour WIU General Education, including ANTH 110, ECON 100 or ECON 231, GEOG 100, GEOG 121, METR 120, PSY 100, REL 110 or REL 111, and a General Education Math course..

II. History Core Courses (15 s.h.)

  1. HIST 105 American History to 1877 - 3 s.h.
  2. HIST 106 American History since 1877 - 3 s.h.
  3. HIST 115 World History to 1500 - 3 s.h.
  4. HIST 116 World History since 1500 - 3 s.h.
  5. HIST 201 Historical Methods - 3 s.h.

III. Options of Study (Select A, B, or C)

A. History
    1. Hist 491 (WID course, 3 s.h.)


    1. History Directed Electives (18 s.h.)


  1. U.S. History (Area I) - 6 s.h.
    • European History (Area II) - 6 s.h.
    • Non-Western History (Area III) - 6 s.h.
      At least 15 semester hours of History Directed Electives must be at the 300 or 400 level.
    • Open Electives (1-5 s.h.)
  2. Minor (any field, 16 - 20 s.h.)
B. History -- Pre-Law
  1. Hist 491 (WID course, 3 s.h.)
  2. Additional Required History Courses (12 s.h.)
    • History 303 (American Legal History) - 3 s.h.
    • History 333 (Britain to 1688) - 3 s.h.
    • History 351(American Revolution and the New Nation) - 3 s.h.
    • History 426 (The Enlightenment) - 3 s.h.

  3. Directed Electives
      • Non-Western History Course (Area III) - 3 s.h.
      • Any Upper Division History Course - 3 s.h.
      • ENG 383; PHIL 420; POLS 226, 319, 410 or 411, 448; SOC 355 - 6 s.h.
      • PHIL 205 and POLS 1226 s.h.
  4. Minor (any field, 18 s.h.)
C. History -- Teacher Certification
  1. Hist 420 (Illinois History, WID course, 3 s.h.)

  2. History Directed Electives (minimum of 24 s.h.)
      • U.S. History (Area I) min. 9 s.h.
      • European History (Area II) min. 6 s.h.
      • Non-Western History (Area III) min. 6 s.h.
        At least 9 semester hours of History Directed Electives must be at the 400 level.
  3. Other Directed Electives (9 s.h.)
    • GEOG 110, POLS 122, and POLS 267 - 9 s.h.
    • HIST 307, 329 POLS 228, or 331 - 3 s.h.
  4. Other Required Courses (41 s.h.)

    • ENG 366 or RDG 387 2 s.h.
    • EIS 201, 301, 303 (2 s.h.), 304 (s.h.), 305, and 401 - 13 s.h.
    • SSEd 439, 449 - 6 s.h.
    • C&I 403 - 4 s.h.
    • SPED 210, 390 - 4 s.h.
    • STCH 480 - 12 s.h.

For further information about majoring in History at Western Illinois University, please contact the Department of History at (309) 298-1053 or contact the Department Chair, Dr. Jennifer McNabb, or the Undergraduate Advisor, Ralph Heissinger.