History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

BA in History

The BA in history looks at the range of human experience: how people have lived in the past, how they live and coexist in the present, and the links between the two. Students learn to interpret the past by examining a variety of original sources: newspapers, letters and diaries, literature, government records, images, films, oral interviews, and more. Majors hone their skills in collecting, interpreting, and communicating information. Majors move on to careers in government, law, and management, as well as teaching and graduate study.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their history program to meet Mason Core and college-level requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor. 

Major without Concentration

HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) 3
HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 6

U.S. History

Select two courses from the following: 6
Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)  
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)  
Postwar United States, 1945-1973  
United States since 1973  
The Automobile in the United States  
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885  
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
History of College Athletics  
History of Baseball  
Basketball and the American Experience  
History of Sport in the United States  
History of the Olympics and the United States  
U.S. Women's History  
History of the Old South  
The South since 1865  
War and American Society  
The Civil War and Reconstruction  
The Vietnam War  
History of Aviation  
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film  
Topics in U.S. History  
History of Virginia to 1800  
History of Virginia Since 1800  
Colonial America  
Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812  
Jacksonian America, 1812-1854  
Total Credits 6

European History

Select two courses from the following: 6
History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) 1  
Foundations of Western Civilization  
Development of Western Civilization  
Classical Greece  
Classical Rome  
Western Europe in the Middle Ages  
The Renaissance  
The Reformation  
Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe  
Nineteenth-Century Europe  
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948  
Nationalism in Eastern Europe  
History of Germany  
Modern Britain  
Stalinism  
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II  
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)  
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)  
Topics in European History  
The Russian Revolution  
European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries  
Alexander the Great  
Total Credits 6
1

Used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in Western civilization may also fulfill 3 credits of this requirement

Global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern History

Approved courses in history used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding and the college-level requirement in non-Western culture may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Select two courses from the following: 6
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)  
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
History of Traditional China  
Modern China  
Modern Japan (Mason Core)  
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)  
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)  
Modern Iraq  
History of South Africa (Mason Core)  
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Comparative Slavery  
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America  
HIST 384
Global History of Christianity  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)  
Modern Iran (Mason Core)  
Arab-Israeli Conflict  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
The Middle East in the 20th Century  
Total Credits 6

Electives in the Major

Students may also meet the elective requirement by completing an optional concentration.

Select four electives in history 1 12
Total Credits 12
1

Students should choose courses in history at the 300 or 400 levels to meet this requirement if they need credits to complete the 18-credit, upper-level history requirement. In addition to HIST courses, history majors may use one 300-level ARTH course and HNRS 240 Reading the Past (Topic Varies) to fulfill this requirement.

Major with Concentration

Available Concentrations

Concentration in Digital History (HISD)

In this concentration, students explore and develop skills in using digital methods for the research, analysis, and presentation of history. Students interested in graduate eduation or careers in the digital humanities and new media or in working with digital methods in museums, archives, and other public history institutitions shoud consider this concentration.

Core Courses
HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) 3
HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 390 The Digital Past (Mason Core) 3
Select three electives with at least 6 credits in HIST from the following: 9
Topics in Digital History  
Web Authoring and Design  
Rhetoric and New Media  
Introduction to Multimedia  
other coursework, including internships, approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 18
U.S. History
Select two courses from the following: 6
Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)  
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)  
Postwar United States, 1945-1973  
United States since 1973  
The Automobile in the United States  
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885  
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
History of College Athletics  
History of Baseball  
Basketball and the American Experience  
History of Sport in the United States  
History of the Olympics and the United States  
U.S. Women's History  
History of the Old South  
The South since 1865  
War and American Society  
The Civil War and Reconstruction  
The Vietnam War  
History of Aviation  
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film  
Topics in U.S. History  
History of Virginia to 1800  
History of Virginia Since 1800  
Colonial America  
Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812  
Jacksonian America, 1812-1854  
Total Credits 6
European History
Select two courses from the following: 6
History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) 1  
Foundations of Western Civilization  
Development of Western Civilization  
Classical Greece  
Classical Rome  
Western Europe in the Middle Ages  
The Renaissance  
The Reformation  
Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe  
Nineteenth-Century Europe  
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948  
Nationalism in Eastern Europe  
History of Germany  
Modern Britain  
Stalinism  
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II  
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)  
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)  
Topics in European History  
The Russian Revolution  
European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries  
Alexander the Great  
Total Credits 6
1

Used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in Western civilization may also fulfill 3 credits of this requirement

Global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern History

Approved courses in history used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding and the college-level requirement in non-Western culture may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Select two courses from the following: 6
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)  
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
History of Traditional China  
Modern China  
Modern Japan (Mason Core)  
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)  
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)  
Modern Iraq  
History of South Africa (Mason Core)  
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Comparative Slavery  
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America  
HIST 384
Global History of Christianity  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)  
Modern Iran (Mason Core)  
Arab-Israeli Conflict  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
The Middle East in the 20th Century  
Total Credits 6

Concentration in Public History (HISP)

In this concentration, students explore a variety of issues related to preserving historical materials and presenting historical information to a broader public. Students interested in graduate education in public history or in working in public history institutions such as museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites should consider this concentration.

Core Courses
HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) 3
HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 396 Introduction to Public History 3
HIST 390 The Digital Past (Mason Core) 3
HIST 399 Internship 1 3
Select one elective from the following: 3
HIST 397
Topics in Public History  
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film  
The Museum (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Documentary (Mason Core)  
other coursework, not including internships, approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 18
1

Students work individually with the department's internship coordinator to find appropriate internships. HIST 399 may be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits, and students in the public history concentration are encouraged to take more than 3 credits of internships, with additional credits beyond the first 3 counting as general electives.

U.S. History
Select two courses from the following: 6
Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)  
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)  
Postwar United States, 1945-1973  
United States since 1973  
The Automobile in the United States  
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885  
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
History of College Athletics  
History of Baseball  
Basketball and the American Experience  
History of Sport in the United States  
History of the Olympics and the United States  
U.S. Women's History  
History of the Old South  
The South since 1865  
War and American Society  
The Civil War and Reconstruction  
The Vietnam War  
History of Aviation  
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film  
Topics in U.S. History  
History of Virginia to 1800  
History of Virginia Since 1800  
Colonial America  
Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812  
Jacksonian America, 1812-1854  
Total Credits 6
European History
Select two courses from the following: 6
History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) 1  
Foundations of Western Civilization  
Development of Western Civilization  
Classical Greece  
Classical Rome  
Western Europe in the Middle Ages  
The Renaissance  
The Reformation  
Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe  
Nineteenth-Century Europe  
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948  
Nationalism in Eastern Europe  
History of Germany  
Modern Britain  
Stalinism  
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II  
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)  
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)  
Topics in European History  
The Russian Revolution  
European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries  
Alexander the Great  
Total Credits 6
1

Used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in Western civilization may also fulfill 3 credits of this requirement

Global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern History

Approved courses in history used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding and the college-level requirement in non-Western culture may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Select two courses from the following: 6
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)  
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
History of Traditional China  
Modern China  
Modern Japan (Mason Core)  
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)  
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)  
Modern Iraq  
History of South Africa (Mason Core)  
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Comparative Slavery  
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America  
HIST 384
Global History of Christianity  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)  
Modern Iran (Mason Core)  
Arab-Israeli Conflict  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
The Middle East in the 20th Century  
Total Credits 6

Concentration in Global History (HISG)

In this concentration, students explore the interconnected histories of major world regions beyond the United States and Europe. Students interested in graduate education in global history or careers in government or business or with non-governmental organizations or other employers operating in the international arena should consider this concentration. Students in the global history concentration are especially encouraged to study abroad as part of their undergraduate program.

Core Courses
HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) 3
HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 394 Globalization and History 3
Select five courses chosen from the following lists. No more than 3 credits of ARTH coursework may apply to the History BA. 15
Asian History  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
History of Traditional China  
Modern China  
Modern Japan (Mason Core)  
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)  
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)  
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
 
Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)  
Arts of India (Mason Core)  
Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)  
Arts of China (Mason Core)  
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)  
African History  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
History of South Africa (Mason Core)  
Comparative Slavery  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)  
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
 
Survey of African Art (Mason Core)  
Latin American History  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)  
Comparative Slavery  
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)  
Other HIST coursework approvoed by the program director
 
Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)  
Middle Eastern & North African History  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
Modern Iraq  
Modern Iran (Mason Core)  
Arab-Israeli Conflict  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
The Middle East in the 20th Century  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)  
Other HIST coursrework approved by the program director
 
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt  
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)  
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)  
Russian & Central Asian History  
Stalinism  
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II  
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)  
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)  
The Russian Revolution  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)  
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
 
The Silk Road (Mason Core)  
World History  
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)  
HIST 384
Global History of Christianity  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)  
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
 
Optional foreign language skills development course in history 2 1
Topics in History  
Select four electives in history 3 11-12
Total Credits 36
1

Three of the five courses must be chosen from one of the following areas: Asian, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern and North African, or Russian and Central Asian history.

2

 Working individually with their instructor for an upper-level HIST course, students may pursue historical reading or other work to develop skills in an appropriate foreign language in which they have already met the CHSS requirement for intermediate-level proficiency.

3

Students should choose courses in history at the 300- or 400-levels to meet this requirement if they need to complete the 18-credit, upper-level history requirement. In addition to HIST courses, students may apply HNRS 240 Reading the Past (Topic Varies) and/or one 300-level ARTH course not counted above toward this requirement. In total, no more than 3 credits of ARTH may be applied to the history BA.

Individualized Concentration (IND)

Students who wish to design their own concentration must submit a one-page proposal and create a curriculum plan to be approved by the program director. This option may be particularly appropriate for students who want to focus on U.S. history or European history without emphasis on digital or public history methods.

All students in the individualized concentration will be required to complete 15-18 credits of breadth requirements modeled on the geographic distribution coursework in the history BA without concentration. For their remaining 12-15 credits in history, students will work with the program director to plan coursework that explores their chosen concentration across time periods and geographical lines as appropriate.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in history may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing:

HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) 3
or HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core)
Total Credits 3

Upper Level Requirement

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

College Level Requirements for the BA Degree 

In addition to the Mason Core program, students pursuing a BA degree must complete the coursework below. Except where expressly prohibited, a course used to fulfill a college level requirement may also be used simultaneously to satisfy other requirements (Mason Core requirements or requirements for the major).

Philosophy or Religious Studies
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
 
 
1

Note that the following courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement:

  • PHIL 323 Classical Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 324 Modern Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 327 Contemporary Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 393 Humanities College to Career 
  • PHIL 460 Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics


Additionally, PHIL 253 Philosophy and Literature (Mason Core) and RELI 235 Religion and Literature (Mason Core) cannot be used to fulfill both the philosophy/religious studies requirement and the Mason Core literature requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select 3 credits of social and behavioral sciences from the following (additional to the Mason Core social and behavioral sciences requirement) 1 3
ANTH  
CRIM  
ECON  
GOVT  
HIST 2  
LING  
PSYC  
SOCI  
Or choose from the following GGS courses:  
Major World Regions (Mason Core)  
Human Geography (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies  
Political Geography  
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)  
Population Geography (Mason Core)  
Economic Geography  
Urban Geography  
Geography of the United States  
Geography of Latin America  
Geography of Europe  
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East  
Geography of the Soviet Succession States  
Structures in Urban Governance and Planning  
Geography of Virginia  
1

The two courses used to fulfill the combined college and Mason Core requirements must be from different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. 

2

HIST 100 History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) and HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Foreign Language
Intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language, fulfilled by: 1  
 
Or achieving a satisfactory score on an approved proficiency test
 
Or completing the following ASL three course sequence:
 
American Sign Language (ASL) I  
American Sign Language (ASL) II  
American Sign Language (ASL) III  
1

Students who are already proficient in a second language may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement. Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Non-Western Culture

Select 3 credits of an approved course in the study of a non-Western culture (additional to the Mason Core requirement in global understanding)

Select 3 credits (additional to Mason Core Global Understanding requirement) 1  
ANTH 114 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 300 Civilizations 3
ANTH 301 Native North Americans 3
ANTH 302 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 303 Peoples and Cultures of the Andes 3
ANTH 306 Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 307 Ancient Mesoamerica (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 308 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 309 Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 313 Myth, Magic, and Mind (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 314 Zombies 3
ANTH 316 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 323 Digging and Dealing in the Dead: Ethics in Archaeology 3
ANTH 330 Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western 3
ANTH 332 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core) 3
ANTH 381 Medical Anthropology 3
ANTH 383 Cities of the Global South 3
ANTH 396 Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core) 3
ARAB 360 Topics in Arabic Cultural Production 3
ARAB 420 Survey of Arabic Literature 3
ARAB 440 Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 203 Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 204 Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 206 Survey of African Art (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 318 Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt 3
ARTH 319 Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 320 Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 382 Arts of India (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 383 Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 384 Arts of China (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 385 Arts of Japan (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 386 The Silk Road (Mason Core) 3
ARTH 482 RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art 3
CHIN 318 Introduction to Classical Chinese (Mason Core) 3
CHIN 320 Contemporary Chinese Film 3
CHIN 325 Major Chinese Writers (Mason Core) 3
DANC 118 World Dance (Mason Core) 3
ECON 361 Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core) 3
ECON 362 African Economic Development (Mason Core) 3
FREN 451 Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture 3
FREN 454 Topics in Caribbean Francophone Literature and Culture 3
GGS 101 Major World Regions (Mason Core) 3
GGS 316 Geography of Latin America 3
GGS 325 Geography of North Africa and the Middle East 3
GGS 330 Geography of the Soviet Succession States 3
GGS 399 Select Topics in GGS 3
GOVT 328 Non-Western Political Theory 3
GOVT 332 Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 3
GOVT 333 Government and Politics of Asia 3
GOVT 340 Central Asian Politics 3
GOVT 341 Chinese Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 345 Islam and Politics 3
GOVT 432 Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa 3
GOVT 433 Political Economy of East Asia 3
HIST 251 Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 252 Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 261 Survey of African History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 262 Survey of African History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 271 Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 272 Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core) 3
HIST 281 Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core) 3
HIST 282 Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core) 3
HIST 326 Stalinism 3
HIST 327 The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II 3
HIST 328 Rise of Russia (Mason Core) 3
HIST 329 Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core) 3
HIST 353 History of Traditional China 3
HIST 354 Modern China 3
HIST 356 Modern Japan (Mason Core) 3
HIST 357 Postwar Japan (Mason Core) 3
HIST 358 Post-1949 China (Mason Core) 3
HIST 360 History of South Africa (Mason Core) 3
HIST 364 Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core) 3
HIST 365 Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core) 3
HIST 366 Comparative Slavery 3
HIST 367 History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America 3
HIST 387 Topics in Global History (Mason Core) 3-6
HIST 426 The Russian Revolution 3
HIST 460 Modern Iran (Mason Core) 3
HIST 461 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3
HIST 462 Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core) 3
HIST 465 The Middle East in the 20th Century 3
JAPA 310 Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core) 3
JAPA 340 Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core) 3
KORE 320 Korean Popular Culture in a Global World 3
MUSI 103 Musics of the World (Mason Core) 3
RELI 211 Religions of the West (Mason Core) 3
RELI 212 Religions of Asia (Mason Core) 3
RELI 240 Death and the Afterlife in World Religions 3
RELI 272 Islam 3
RELI 313 Hinduism (Mason Core) 3
RELI 314 Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions 3
RELI 315 Buddhism (Mason Core) 3
RELI 337 Mysticism: East and West 3
RELI 365 Muhammad: Life and Legacy 3
RELI 374 Islamic Thought (Mason Core) 3
RELI 375 Qur'an and Hadith 3
RELI 379 Islamic Law, Society, and Ethics 3
RELI 387 Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights 3
RELI 490 Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core) 3
RUSS 353 Russian Civilization (Mason Core) 3
RUSS 354 Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (Mason Core) 3
1

A course used to fulfill the Mason Core global understanding requirement may not be simultaneously used to satisfy this college-level requirement. A course used to fulfill this requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill any other requirements (Mason Core requirements, college-level requirements, or requirements for the major). Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements  
Written Communication 6
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology 3-7
Core Requirements  
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1  
Synthesis/Capstone 3
Total Credits 40
1

minimum 3 credits

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.  
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