Bachelor of Arts in History
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
School of Arts and Humanities


Professor Eric G. E. Zuelow


The objectives of the History and Philosophy programs are to bring the study of the past to bear on the present, to demonstrate that knowledge and experience are dependent upon particular historical contexts, to expose students to a variety of cultures in historical context, to assist students to develop research and writing skills, to enrich students' appreciation and enjoyment of the richness of human endeavors, and to prepare students for a productive and rewarding professional life following the completion of their studies.

Major Description

The major and minor in History offer students the opportunity to study the past in connection with the present. All course offerings acquaint students with various ways of thinking about the past while helping them to develop a suite of skills for the 21st century. Required classes introduce students to the nature of history, push them to develop research skills, and familiarize them with various historical arguments while a wide slate of electives provide an opportunity to look more specifically at a range of times and places. There are opportunities to develop museum exhibits, to create podcasts, to develop independent research projects, and to collaborate with faculty.

Curricular Requirements

CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42–46
Program Required Courses Credits
HIS 150 – Telling Tales of the Past 3
HIS 290 – History Hands on Topics or HIS 291 – War Letters or HIS 292 – Mourning the Dead or HIS 295 – Medicine and the Media 3
HIS 222 – U.S. History: Contact-Civil War 3
HIS 223 – U.S. History: Reconst-Present 3
HIS 395 – What Really Happened? 3
Choose One (1) History Track 21
Total 36
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

History Track Options

History Track Credits
LIL 420 – Arts & Humanities Capstone 3
Twelve (12) credits of elective courses from List A with at least six (6) credits at 300/400 level 12
Six (6) credits of elective courses from List A or List B 6
History Education Track Credits
PSC 101 – Intro to American Politics 3
PSC 210 – Constitutional Law 3
LIL 420 – Arts & Humanities Capstone or EDU 498 – Secondary Internship & Seminar 3
Six (6) credits of 300/400 level elective courses from List A 6
Six (6) credits of elective courses from List A or List B 6

Elective Course Options

List A Elective Courses Credits
HIS 106 – Women, Health, and History 3
HIS 199 – Expl: Topics in History 3
HIS 204 – Growing Up Female 3
HIS 230 – From Togas to Black Rats 3
HIS 231 – Reformations, Revolutions 3
HIS 240 – Latin Amer His I: Colonial Lat 3
HIS 241 – Latin Amer His II: Modern Latin 3
HIS 250 – American Women’s History I 3
HIS 251 – American Women’s History II 3
HIS 266 – Hist of Drugs in the Americas 3
HIS 276 – History Human Trad I 3
HIS 278 – Human Traditions 3
HIS 280 – History Internship 3
HIS 290 – History Hands On Topics 3
HIS 291 – War Letters 3
HIS 292 – Mourning the Dead 3
HIS 299 – History Topics 3
HIS 312 – College Girls 3
HIS 318 – Histories of London 3
HIS 337 – Topics in Women’s History 3
HIS 341 – Bestsellers & the Big Bad City 3
HIS 343 – Modern Tourism 3
HIS 344 – Postwar: Europe After WWII 3
HIS 349 – Hist of Gender/Sexuality in LA 3
HIS 351 – History of Modern Mexico 3
HIS 370 – Slaves/Citiz: Afr in New World 3
HIS 397 – History Independent Study 1–12
HIS 399 – Topics in History 3
HIS 400 – Topics in History 3
HIS 404 – Directed Readings in History 3
HIS 410 – Advanced Humanities Seminar 3
HIS 420 – History Internship 3
HIS 497 – History Independent Study 1–12
ARH 210 – Art History Survey I 3
ARH 211 – Art History Survey II 3
ARH 260 – Renaissance & Baroque Art 3
ARH 270 – Art in the Modern World 3
ARH 333 – Moroccan Theatre/Social Ch 3
List B Elective Courses Credits
CMM 135 – Evolution of Television 3
CMM 170 – Evolution of Documentary Film 3
EDU 438 – Teaching Sec Social Studies 3
EDU 498 – Secondary Internship & Seminar 12
ENG 216 – Criminals, Idiots & Minors 3
ENG 220 – History of the English Language 3
ENG 412 – Humanities Seminar: Slavery 3
LIL 120 – Intro to Arts & Humanities Sem 3
MUS 220 – History of Jazz 3
WGST 276 – Women in the Ancient World 3
WGST 278 – Women in the Modern Worlds 3
WRT 317 – Proposal and Grant Writing 3

Academic and Technical Standards

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all history courses used toward the major.

A minimum grade of C must be achieved in HIS 290 to be used toward the major.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the history program, students will be able to:

  • Apply and utilize the range of skills and historical methodologies it takes to decode the historical record because of its incomplete, complex, and contradictory nature.
  • Recognize the provisional nature of knowledge, the disciplinary preference for complexity, and the comfort with ambiguity that familiarity with history requires.
  • Create historical arguments and narratives.


If you are an exceptional undergraduate student aspiring to a career in medicine, the University of New England HuMed program provides the opportunity that spans your junior and senior years as an undergraduate and your four years in UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. UNE HuMed makes it possible for you to deepen your learning in English/History/Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities while you prepare for a career as an osteopathic physician View HuMed Requirements.

During your years as an undergraduate in UNE’s College of Arts and Sciences, you complete the requisite coursework in the natural sciences to prepare for your graduate education, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in English/History/Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. As a HuMed student, you are not required to take the MCAT for the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Instead, the College of Osteopathic Medicine requires that you take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude test (UKCAT). You have an assurance of acceptance contingent upon fulfilling the HuMed curricular requirements and passing the interview process.


A student in another program may, with the permission of the Academic Director, earn a minor within the program upon the completion of eighteen (18) hours of course work in History.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their advisor.

Transfer Credit

See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


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Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

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This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.