Majors & Minors

The purpose of history is to provide a broad liberal arts education that addresses fundamental questions about the nature of humanity, of society, of past experiences and of the times in which we live. UNC Asheville History graduates use their training in numerous ways: half the majors have entered careers in business and education, while the remainder are employed in such fields as national and state government, law, medicine, banking, the military, the ministry, social service, law enforcement, graduate study and archival work. This partial list demonstrates the diversity of careers open to those trained in history.


Declaration of History Major or Minor

Students can choose from the general major in history, major in history with teaching licensure, or minor in history. To declare a major or minor, students must satisfy the LANG 120 requirement and complete the Declaration of Major or Minor form that must be signed by the department chair.


History with Teacher Licensure

Students desiring History with Teacher Licensure in Social Studies should complete the following program, review the requirments found in the Education section of the catalog, and consult wih the appropriate advisor in the Education Department. 

Students seeking middle school licensure should review requirements found in the Education section of the catalog and see the appropriate licensure advisor for additional information.


Course Requirments

Review the course requirments in the UNC Asheville Course Catalog for more information regarding the history majors and minor.


Credit for Courses Outside History

As many as 8 semester hours of credit for courses outside the area of history may be counted towards the requirements of either programs if approved by the Department Chair. Up to 4 semester hours of credit for courses outside the area of history may be counted towards the minor if approved by the Department Chair.

 

History Major

1. Liberal Arts Core Requirements (43-51 hours)

  • First-Year Colloquium—3 semester hours
  • Humanities—12 semester hours
  • Laboratory Science—4 semester hours
    • A 4 credit course or courses from the list below. Note: the same course cannot be used to fulfill both the Laboratory Science and the Scientific Perspectives requirements.
  • Scientific Perspectives—3-4 semester hours
    • A 3 or 4 credit class from the list below.
      • Note: the same course cannot be used to fulfill both the Laboratory Science and the Scientific Perspectives requirements.
  • Quantitative Perspective—4 semester hours
    • A 4 credit class in MATH or STAT
  • Social Science—3-4 semester hours
    • A 3 or 4 credit class from the list below.  Note: Introductory colloquium courses (DEPT 178) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • Second Language—0-4 semester hours
    • Demonstrated proficiency, either by placement or course completion, through the first year (second semester) of a language.
  • Arts and Ideas—3-4 semester hours
    • ARTS 310 or 3 credit hours of course work designated as fulfilling the ARTS requirement
  • Senior Capstone—4 semester hours
    • ​One course from HUM 414 or LA 478
  • Diversity Intensive—3-4 semester hours
    • A 3-4 credit class designated as Diversity Intensive
  • Competencies in Information Literacy and Writing
    • These competencies will be completed within each major

2. Major Requirements
General Major
(40 hours)

  • HIST 101 - The United States to 1865 (2)
  • HIST 102 - The United States Since 1865 (2)
  • HIST 151 - World Civilizations to 1500 (2)
  • HIST 152 - World Civilizations Since 1500 (2)
  • HIST 250 - The Historian's Craft (4)
  • HIST 451 - Senior Seminar Preparation (2)
  • HIST 452 - Senior Research Seminar (2)

History majors must complete the following distribution of courses:

  1. 4 hours from American History (category II)
  2. 4 hours from European History (category III)
  3. 4 hours from World History (category IV)

12 additional hours at 300-400 level

3. Required courses outside the major

As many as 8 semester hours of credit for courses outside the area of history may be counted toward the requirements for the major if approved by the History Department chair.

4. Other departmental requirements

The senior demonstration of competency, and writing and computer competencies are demonstrated by completion of HIST 452 with a grade of C or better. Information literacy and oral competencies are demonstrated in HIST 451.

History Major Degree Checklist

History with Teacher Licensure

Areas of Licensure and Required Majors

The Department of Education is accredited to recommend candidates for licensure in the following areas.

  • Elementary Education (K–6)
  • Middle School (6–9): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Secondary Education (9–12): Biology, Chemistry, Comprehensive Science, Earth Science, English, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies
  • Kindergarten–12 (K­–12): Art, Health and Physical Education, Modern Language (French, German and Spanish), Special Education: General Curriculum, Theatre Arts

Candidates receiving K-12 or 9-12 licensure (except for the area of K-12 Special Education: General Curriculum) must complete a specific disciplinary major, which is the core for their licensure area. Middle school licensure candidates (6–9) must complete a major in an appropriate academic discipline, and must complete coursework specific for licensure in one of the following areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. Candidates seeking licensure in Elementary Education (K-6) or Special Education: General Curriculum may major in any area.

Requirements for Informal Admission as a Licensure Candidate

For Informal Admission as a Licensure Candidate to the Teacher Education Program, students must complete the following requirements.

  • Be accepted to UNC Asheville as an undergraduate degree-seeking or Post-Baccalaureate Licensure student
  • Complete at least 30 semester hours of post-secondary education
  • Enroll in EDUC 210 and EDUC 211
  • Complete an online Informal Admission Form during the first course taken in the Department of Education
  • Complete an online Memorandum of Understanding regarding the potential effect criminal convictions may have on those seeking licensure during their first department course
  • Purchase a criminal background check and receive a satisfactory report and departmental clearance before beginning the first field experience
  • Requirements for Formal Admission to the Licensure Program

For formal admission to the licensure program, candidates must have completed all Requirements for Informal Admission as a Licensure Candidate and complete the following requirements.  

  • Earn at least 30 semester hours and complete at least 3 semesters of post-secondary education
  • Achieve a grade of C or higher in EDUC 210 and a grade of Satisfactory in EDUC 211
  • Earn a 2.7 cumulative grade-point average
  • Earn a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average on all course work within the major
  • Provide the Education advisor with a copy of acceptable scores as established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on the SAT or ACT, or attain acceptable scores on the PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators, during the first semester of the licensure program (undergraduate candidates only - see appropriate Education advisor for more information)
  • Have a satisfactory evaluation on the Dispositions Checklists administered in EDUC 210 and other relevant courses
  • Have a satisfactory evaluation of performance in all field experiences
  • Self-report any new criminal charges and/or convictions occurring between required criminal background checks
  • Meet with the Education advisor to complete the Requirements for Licensure Contract for Formal Admission to the licensure program, and be granted Formal Admission by the department.

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Click here for History with Teacher Licensure catalog.

History Minor

20 hours in History:

  • HIST 101 - The United States to 1865 (2)
  • HIST 102 - The United States Since 1865 (2)
  • HIST 151 - World Civilizations to 1500 (2)
  • HIST 152 - World Civilizations Since 1500 (2)

12 additional semester hours at the 300 level or higher

Additional Information

Up to 4 semester hours of credit for courses outside the area of history may be counted toward the minor if approved by the department chair.  University-wide minimum requirements for a minor:

1) one-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed in residence at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 hours at the 300-400 level;

2) students must have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 2.0 on minor courses taken at UNC Asheville.

Minor in History Checklist