History, BA

Offered in: Chicago

The History program has a deep commitment to the study of urban, cultural, and social history with special attention given to the areas of gender, race, class, and historical grass-roots social movements.  In this program, students come to appreciate how historical knowledge reveals humanity's common bonds as well as its distinctive tapestries.  Moreover, as Marcus Cicero observed, history “illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us the tidings of antiquity.”  An understanding of history thus illustrates how past values and experiences inform today’s world. This understanding helps people forge a sense of identity and create blueprints from which to construct a community. 

Transformational learning, internships, and study abroad opportunities prepare students for graduate school as well as life in an increasingly interconnected and complex world in diverse fields that include education, law, business, journalism, and not-for-profit organizations. Small class sizes encourage deep critical engagement with faculty and fellow students. The program focuses on history from a local and national as well as global perspective and offers undergraduate sequences in the fields of African, African American, European, Latin American and United States history, with individual courses in other fields. Students in the History program may also take advantage of the resources of the university’s Center for New Deal Studies and the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies.

Requirements

  • Eleven courses in history with an overall GPA of 2.0 and no grade lower than C-.
  • At least 15 credit hours must be taken at Roosevelt.
  • At least 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level.
  • Students should work with their advisor to ensure that they take HIST 280 TOPICS IN HISTORY AND METHODOLOGY in their sophomore or junior year, as this course will prepare students to write their 300-level research and writing assignments.
  • History has no foreign language requirement, but students intending to do graduate study in history or whose interest is in the study of a foreign culture are strongly advised to take at least two years of a foreign language.
  • Transfer students may substitute a Western civilization survey for HIST 111 THE WORLD TO 1500 and HIST 112 THE WORLD SINCE 1500.
Core
HIST 106THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 107THE UNITED STATES SINCE 18653
HIST 111THE WORLD TO 15003
HIST 112THE WORLD SINCE 15003
HIST 280TOPICS IN HISTORY AND METHODOLOGY3
Electives
Six history electives, at least four at the 300 level18
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12087
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)