University at Buffalo Department of History

Major Requirements

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C in two history courses.

 

Advising Notes

Minimum grade of C- required in any course to count toward graduation requirements.
A minimum GPA of 2.15 in history courses is required to graduate.

 

Prerequisite Courses

Any two history courses (with a minimum grade of C in both).

 

Required Courses

Twelve history courses (36 credit hours) distributed in accordance with the level and breadth requirements described below are required.
A minimum of five of those 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 of any period (USH)

1. World Civilization courses cannot be used to satisfy a breadth requirement, but may be used as part of the 36 required credit hours.
2. A course that seems to fall into two breadth areas may be used to satisfy the requirement of one. (For example, HIS275 Vietnam and the Vietnam War may be counted under b or d above, but not both.).
3. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit will not count toward the 36 credit hours required for the major. However, A.P. credit (with a score of three or better) in U.S. or European history, or I.B. credit (with a score of four or better) in U.S., European, African, or Asian history, can fulfill breadth requirements.
4. Courses with grades of Satisfactory under the S/U option (elected by the student) or Pass under the P/F option (designated by the instructor) are not acceptable in fulfillment of the course requirements for history majors.
5. 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.

Note: There are no prerequisites for progression through the history major, but history students are encouraged to take lower-level courses prior to taking upper-level ones. Students are also urged not to take two 400-level seminars in the same semester. Students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies in Park 540 to plan their course of study.


Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 36

Transfer Policy

Transfer students majoring in history may receive credit for up to five history courses (15 credit hours) but must take five upper-level history courses, including the two 400-level seminars, at UB. Whenever possible, transfer courses are articulated with existing UB history courses. Acceptance criteria and all other requirements are the same as for regular majors. 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 even when placed in the major upon enrollment at UB.

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