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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History BA

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The bachelor’s degree in history provides students with firm grounding for advanced studies in education, librarianship, law, business and public service, as well as graduate work in the humanities and social sciences broadly. History is an all-inclusive discipline, making it an excellent choice for students with a wide variety of career goals.

For the BA in history, students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of history course work. Majors must complete at least 18 upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) hours at the University of Colorado Denver. Majors must take a minimum of 15 credit hours in history at the 4000 level, including HIST 4839, the History Seminar. Not more than 48 hours of history will be counted toward graduation requirements. A student needs a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in the major to graduate, and no grade below a C (2.0) will count toward major requirements to graduate.

Course Requirements

Required History Courses

Total: 6 Hours

Distribution Requirement

A minimum of 6 semester hours in each of the following areas: United States, Europe and world (Africa, Asia, Latin America). At least 3 semester hours in each area must be upper-division (3000- and 4000-level).

Total: 18 Hours


The degree requires a minimum of 12 additional semester hours of electives, which can be satisfied by a combination of additional history courses, history internships, or history honors independent study for eligible students.

Total: 12 Hours

Major Total: 36 Hours

BA in History with Secondary Licensure

Students seeking secondary social studies teacher licensure may pursue a BA in history. This option enables them to complete their history major as well as fulfill requirements for licensure at the undergraduate level.

If you are interested in this option, you should meet with a CLAS advisor as soon as possible. You can complete your degree, including licensure, within a 4-year graduation plan, but only if you declare it early in your college career and meet regularly with your advisors.

To earn the professional teacher licensure, you will complete a major in history and then complete licensure courses in the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD). See  Undergraduate Teacher Licensure  on the SEHD Urban Community Teacher Education program page for more information. The licensure process requires that you be admitted into the SEHD to complete licensure classes. You will be working with your CLAS advisor through the application process.

Get to know your advisor! He/she is your guide through what can be a complex process dictated by the State of Colorado. Call 303-556-8316 for more information.



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