For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.
This undergraduate program offers students the option of applying to the accelerated master's degree program. See History, BA/History, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.
Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)
Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in history must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credits within the major with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. Additional credits of history in excess of 36 may be presented as elective credits to be counted toward graduation. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the major.
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.
HIST 300 and 499 may not be used to satisfy the first three requirements below.
Two courses (6 credits) of U.S. history chosen from:
HIST 121 - Formation of the American Republic
HIST 122 - Development of Modern America
HIST 331 - Postwar United States, 1945-1973
HIST 332 - United States since 1973
HIST 333 - The Automobile in the United States
HIST 335 - The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885
HIST 336 - The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present
HIST 337 - Race and Gender in American Sports
HIST 338 - History of College Athletics
HIST 339 - History of Baseball
HIST 340 - Basketball and the American Experience
HIST 341 - History of Sport in the United States
HIST 342 - History of the Olympics and the United States
HIST 350 - U.S. Women's History
HIST 351 - History of the Old South
HIST 352 - The South since 1865
HIST 370 - War and American Society
HIST 373 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 377 - The Vietnam War
HIST 378 - History of Aviation
HIST 380 - Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film
HIST 389 - Topics in U.S. History
HIST 391 - History of Virginia to 1800
HIST 392 - History of Virginia Since 1800
HIST 401 - Colonial America
HIST 403 - Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812
HIST 404 - Jacksonian America, 1812-1854
Two courses (6 credits) of European history chosen from:
HIST 100 - History of Western Civilization used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in Western civilization may also fulfill 3 credits of this requirement.
HIST 101 - Foundations of Western Civilization
HIST 102 - Development of Western Civilization
HIST 301 - Classical Greece
HIST 302 - Classical Rome
HIST 304 - Western Europe in the Middle Ages
HIST 305 - The Renaissance
HIST 306 - The Reformation
HIST 307 - Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe
HIST 308 - Nineteenth-Century Europe
HIST 309 - Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948
HIST 312 - Nationalism in Eastern Europe
HIST 314 - History of Germany
HIST 322 - Modern Britain
HIST 326 - Stalinism
HIST 327 - The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II
HIST 328 - Rise of Russia
HIST 329 - Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
HIST 388 - Topics in European History
HIST 426 - The Russian Revolution
HIST 436 - European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries
HIST 480 - Alexander the Great
Two courses (6 credits) of global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history chosen from:
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.
HIST 125 - Introduction to World History
HIST 202 - Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History
HIST 251 - Survey of East Asian History
HIST 252 - Survey of East Asian History
HIST 261 - Survey of African History
HIST 262 - Survey of African History
HIST 271 - Survey of Latin American History
HIST 272 - Survey of Latin American History
HIST 281 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization
HIST 282 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization
HIST 353 - History of Traditional China
HIST 354 - Modern China
HIST 356 - Modern Japan
HIST 357 - Postwar Japan
HIST 358 - Post-1949 China
HIST 359 - Modern Iraq
HIST 360 - History of South Africa
HIST 364 - Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America
HIST 365 - Conquest and Colonization in Latin America
HIST 366 - Comparative Slavery
HIST 367 - History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America
HIST 387 - Topics in Global History
HIST 460 - Modern Iran
HIST 461 - Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 462 - Women in Islamic Society
HIST 465 - The Middle East in the 20th Century
One methods course (3 credits)
HIST 300 - Introduction to Historical Method (with a minimum grade of 2.00)
One seminar course (3 credits)
HIST 499 - RS: Senior Seminar in History (fulfills university synthesis requirement)
Four elective courses (12 credits) in history
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 to fulfill this requirement.
Total: 36 credits
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 and 499.
Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.
Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the
University Catalog archives.