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Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree in History (B.A.)


The program in History offers undergraduates a broad liberal arts foundation that deepens their knowledge and understanding of the world, stimulates effective participation in contemporary society, and cultivates deep-thinking skills required for success in a wide range of employment areas or graduate study.  The rewards of historical study include a disciplined intellect, a well-furnished imagination, and a recognition of both the unity and diversity of the human experience.

Coursework for both the major and minor includes surveys, methodology courses, plus electives in American, European, and World history.  Relatively small class sizes enable students to work one-on-one with talented and dedicated faculty members.  We also actively cooperate with other departments in offering cross-listed courses in African and African American Studies, Political Science, and Gender Studies​.  History majors and minors are encouraged to consider the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in dozens of countries.  A number of activities and organizations are available, offering opportunities to interact with other students and professionals, including the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta (the National Honor Society in History).

The History major is a 42 credit program that combines six core courses with eight upper-level electives.  Students receive training in History as a field of study and complete extensive coursework in American, European, and World History.    

History Major Requirements

The History minor is a 21 credit program featuring three core courses and four upper-level electives.  The program’s flexibility allows students to combine the minor with almost any other major at ISU.

History Minor Requirements

The History Student Experience

The Department of History is committed to providing its students with a wide range of opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to foster academic development, facilitate on-time graduation, and launch successful careers.  Challenging classes, stimulating discussions, a vibrant student organization, guest speakers, field trips, and social gatherings all enrich the History student’s experience at ISU.

History Club

President Louisa Lara
Vice President Andy Fouts
Secretary Samantha Lawrence
Treasurer Ivy Capehart
Social Media Lauren James
Events Coordinator Colin Wetzel

Phi Alpha Theta

As the national honor society for history, Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of the past through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  The organization seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.  ISU’s chapter, Upsilon Iota, inducts new members each spring. 


Sandy Senior-Dauer and Keith Dauer Department of History Study-Abroad Scholarship

Richard and Margaret Gemmecke Memorial Award

Bryant Spann Memorial Scholarship

Charles Roll History Award

Nellie Margreta Harr Scholarship

John, Carl and Mark Vukusich Memorial Scholarship

David C. and Margaret L. Campbell Endowed Scholarship for the Liberal Arts

World Travel Scholarship

Fort Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship

Steven D. Zink Excellence in History Scholarship

Fred Brengle Scholarship

Career Development in History Award


Change my Major/Minor to History
Change my Major/Minor to History

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