Bachelor of Arts with a major in History


Prof. Eric G. E. Zuelow

Ph. 207-602-2310



The objectives of the Department of History and Philosophy 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. Students combine courses focused on specific geographic areas with elective course work from a variety of periods and areas of the world, preparing students for a range of career paths including education, graduate school, law, museum work and business among many, many others. The Department of History and Philosophy works closely with the education department to prepare students for teaching history and social studies at the secondary school level.

Curricular Requirements


CAS Core Requirements

Program Required Courses 33-43
Two of the following three options:  
Option I  
HIS 222 - US History: Contact through the Civil War 3
HIS 223 - US History: Reconstruction to Present or 3
Option II  
HIS 230 - Continuity/Change from Ancient to Renaissance 3
HIS 231 - Continuity/Change in Modern Europe or 3
Option III  
HIS 240 - Colonial Latin America 3
HIS 241 - Modern Latin America 3
Program Required Option Sub-Total  12
Each of the Following:  
HIS 290 - History Hands On 3
HIS 450 - Senior Thesis 3
History Electives 15
Program Minimum Required Total Credits  33
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Students wishing to pursue teacher certification in Social Studies can complete a double major with History and Secondary Education OR a major in Secondary Education and a concentration in History.  For more Information, see the Secondary Education catalog page.

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.


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 their history program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to locate and use reliable primary and secondary historical sources
  2. Demonstrate competence with Chicago style in notes and bibliography
  3. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate and use evidence to support an interpretation
  4. Communicate ideas clearly orally and in writing
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the historical content of two areas of the world


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. Requirements are described at http://www.une.edu/humed.

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 department may, with the permission of the department chair, earn a minor within the department upon the completion of 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 major advisor. 

Transfer Credit


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.