History Major Requirements

These are the requirements for the B.A. in history for students who enter Miami University in the 2011-12 and subsequent academic years.

Students must complete the Miami Plan for Liberal Education Requirement, the College of Arts and Science Requirement (CAS), and the major Requirements in History. Please consult the appropriate edition of the General Bulletin for detailed information on university and divisional requirements.

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (a "C") in all courses taken in the major department. History majors may not apply work taken "credit/no credit" to History Major Requirements. Students should be advised that national surveys have suggested that "credit/no credit" work on a transcript may have a negative effect upon one's chances for admission to graduate or professional schools.

History majors must take a minimum of 36 semester credit hours as specified below. The department residency requirement states that at least 21 of the 27 upper-division history hours must be taken at Miami University. Those studying abroad at a non-Miami program may petition to count up to 9 hours toward the major.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in History meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses:  HST 206 Historical Inquiry (3) and HST 400 Senior Capstone (3).

1. HST 206 Historical Inquiry (3).  You must take HST 206 within one semester of becoming a History major.  You must earn a C or higher in HST 206 in order to graduate as a History major.

2.  At least one History course at the 100 level (3).

If you scored 3 or above on an Advanced Placement examination, you may apply three credits to the major (100-level course).  University credit will be awarded as described below.

  • U.S. History - HST 111 and HST 112 (6 credits)
  • European History - HST 122 (3 credits)
  • World History - HST 197 and HST 198 (6 credits) 

3.  At least three History courses at the 200 level (9).  Excludes HST 206 Historical Inquiry.

4.  At least six History courses at the 300 level or above (18).  At least one of these (3) must be at the 400 level, excluding HST 400 Senior Capstone and independent study work undertaken at the 400 level.

5.  HST 400 Senior Capstone (3).  You must take HST 400, which also fulfills the Capstone Course requirement in the Miami Plan.

6.  A single course may fulfill both of the following categories (Geographical Diversity and Pre-modern Period).

Students who entered the university in the 2015-16 and succeeding academic years:  Geographical Diversity Requirement (12 hours).  Two courses (6 hours) at the 200-level or above must be on the history of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, or some combination of those regions.  One course at the 200-level or above must be in American history (3).  One course at the 200-level or above must be in European history, including Russia (3).  See our list of courses that fulfill this requirement.

Pre-modern Period Requirement (6 hours).  Two courses (6) at the 200-level or above must be on the pre-modern period (defined as pre-1800), and at least one of those courses (3) must be a pre-1500 course.  See our list of courses that fulfill this requirement.

Students who entered the university in the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years:  Geographical Diversity Requirement (6 hours).  One 100 or 200 level course (3) must be on the history of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, or some combination of those regions.  One 300 or 400 level course (3) must be on the history of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, or some combination of those regions.  See our list of courses that fulfill this requirement.

Pre-modern Period Requirement (6 hours).  One 100 or 200 level course must be on the pre-modern period.  One 300 or 400 level course must be on the pre-modern period.  at least one of the two courses must be a pre-1500 course; both must be pre-1800.  See our list of courses that fulfill this requirement.