Majors & Minors

  • North Carolina History

    Esse quam videri. "To be, rather than to seem" is the state of being in the state of North Carolina.

  • European History

    The Age of Enlightenment

  • American History

    The United States Constitution

  • World History

    Routes from around the world of Sir Francis Drake between 1577 and 1580 and Thomas Cavendish between 1586 and 1588.

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.


Course Requirements

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

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 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