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History (B.A., B.S.)

Given the strong humanities emphasis within Nebraska Wesleyan’s history program, typically a degree in history is taken as a Bachelor of Arts. Students who combine history with a degree in the Social or Natural Sciences, however, usually take their degree as a Bachelor of Science.

Modern foreign language study is expected of all history majors. Transfer students must earn in residence a minimum of 12 hours in history, 6 hours of which must be at the upper level (3000-4990).


Core Courses 12 hours
History Major (B.A. or B.S.**, 36-37 hours)
HIST 1010FYW Topics in United States History to 1877
HIST 1020FYW United States Society and Culture Since 1877
4 hours
HIST 1110 World Civilizations 4 hours

HIST 2170 Body, Mind, Spirit: The Understanding of the Self in Western Culture
HIST 2180 Science and Religion in Western Tradition
HIST 2130 Western Civilization Through Literature

4 hours
Research Methods 4 hours

HIST 2800 Historical Methods

4 hours
History Electives
16 hours
Students must take 16 credit hours of history electives. Select one course from each section below. Of the electives, at least 8 credit hours must be at the 4000-level.  

U.S. History Elective:

HIST 2370 History of Women in the United States
HIST 2410 Racial Justice in Twentieth Century America
HIST 2540 African-American History
HIST 2560 American Indian History
HIST 2610 Environmental History
HIST 3110/HIST 4110 American Presidency
HIST 3120/HIST 4120 Industrial United States, 1877-19324
HIST 3130/HIST 4130 The Cold War and Modern America
HIST 3140/HIST 4140 Biography in History
HIST 3180/HIST 4180 Topics in Indian History
HIST 3450/HIST 4450 Interrogate Amer Hist Through Artifacts
HIST 3500/HIST 4500 Myth and the U.S. West
HIST 3550/HIST 4550 Women of the American West
HIST 3650/HIST 4650 Topics in Nebraska History

4 hours

World History Elective:

HIST 2110 Introduction to Latin America
HIST 2660 Disease in History
HIST 2810 Introduction to East Asian History
HIST 2820 Introduction to Japanese History
HIST 2830 Modern Chinese History
HIST 3530/HIST 4530 Queens, Crusaders, and Wonder Women
HIST 3700/HIST 4700 Revolutions in Latin America
HIST 3840/HIST 4840 Meiji - The Making of Modern Japan
HIST 3850/HIST 4850 Twilight of the Samurai: Early Modern Japan
HIST 3860/HIST 4860 Japanese Popular Culture, Past and Present

4 hours

European History Elective:

HIST 3030/HIST 4030 Founding of the Americas
HIST 3220/HIST 4220 The Ancient World
HIST 3230/HIST 4230 The Middle Ages
HIST 3280/HIST 4280 Heresy, Conflict, and Violence
HIST 3350/HIST 4350 Nazi Germany

4 hours
General History Elective:
Choose any history course(s).
4 hours
Capstone Courses 4-5 hours

HIST 4940 History Capstone and
HIST 4970 History Internship
HIST 4940 History Capstone and
HIST 4980 Introduction to Senior Thesis and
HIST 4990 Senior Thesis
Students seeking secondary education endorsement must take HIST 4650 Topics in Nebraska History and HIST 4940 History Capstone and complete their student teaching in history.

**A History major customarily earns a B.A. or B.S. degree. However, if a student has a first major that is associated with a different baccalaureate degree, the History major may serve as a second major for the degree associated with the first major (B.F.A., B.M., or B.S.N.).