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University of Nevada, Reno    
  Sep 23, 2017

History, B.A.

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The history major teaches students research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills that can be applied to any career. Programs in the History Department offer the student understanding in the scholarly discipline of history through the expansion of historical knowledge, the comprehension of historiography, and the practice of critical inquiry. Framing the questions that define particular scholarly debates underlies critical analysis of primary and secondary sources. Students gain exposure to these questions in course work and demonstrate their familiarity with them in discussions, written work, and presentations. Through the department’s skills-based curriculum, history majors learn how to think and write like historians. History faculty teach students to think contextually, analyze historical documents, and become better researchers and writers. The Department offers majors and minors in history with options for emphasis in United States, Latin American, European, Eastern European, African and Asian History.

Contact Information

243 Mack Social Science
(775) 784-6855

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 42 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 60 Units


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy.”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter of this catalog.

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter of this catalog. 

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog. 

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (15 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

C. Global Context Course - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

D. Ethics Course - CO12

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

F. Application Course - CO14


The History Department offers many courses that satisfy these COs, and students are encouraged to take courses meeting these requirements within the major whenever possible.

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 credits that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Silver Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

IV. Major Requirements (36 units)

  • Majors in History must complete at least eighteen units in the field of history within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
  • Twenty-four units (which include the required courses HIST 300  and HIST 499 ) must be at the 300 - 400 level. 
  • Both HIST 300 and HIST 499 must receive a grade of “C” or better.
  • Only 100-level correspondence, continuing education or distance education courses will be accepted in fulfillment of major or minor requirements.

A. Survey courses (6 units) (choose any two of the following courses)

C. Non-U.S. and Non-European History courses (6 units)

Consult a History advisor for appropriate courses.

D. History electives (18 units)

Consult a History advisor for appropriate courses.

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The History Department accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

VI. Electives (1-21 units)

Consult a history advisor for appropriate courses.

VI. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

  • Prerequisite Core English (3 units) *
  • Mathematics Course (3 units) CO2*
  • Foreign Language 111 (4 units)
  • Social Sciences Course (3 units) CO6
  • Survey course (3 units) 

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

  • ENG 102 - Composition II (3 units) CO1, CO3 *
  • Natural Sciences Course (3-4 units) CO4L**
  • Foreign Language 112 (4 units)
  • Fine Arts Course (3 units) CO7
  • Survey course (3 units) 

  • NOTE(S): 
    * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.
    ** At least one CO4 Natural Science course must have an approved lab (CO4L) 

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • HIST electives (300-400 level) (6 units)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • College Breadth Requirement (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Global Context Course (3 units) CO11

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (14-16 units)

  • HIST 499 - Senior Seminar in History (3 units) CO14
  • General Electives (2-4 units)
  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course (3 units) CO13
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Ethics Course (3 units) CO12

Spring Semester (12 units)

  • HIST electives (300-400 level) (6 units)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Minor (3 units)

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