2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

History, BA

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About the Program

Apply Now The Purdue University Northwest Bachelor of Arts degree in History meets national standards outlined by the American Historical Association. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in History will open many opportunities. Graduates with degrees in History are well suited to pursue careers as educators, researchers, curators, archivists, entrepreneurs, business managers and in government service. The degree also prepares students well for graduate school, MBA programs and law school. Students earning a degree in History will gain essential critical thinking skills, expertise in writing and communication, research capabilities and analytical skills that potential employers find essential in the workplace.

A special feature of the program is its Research Seminar, which allows students to investigate history at local, national, or international levels, using archives and professional databases. Upon completion of their research students have an opportunity to present their work. The dynamic classroom environment encourages students to share knowledge gained from various historical perspectives.

PNW history students may apply for membership in the Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, which provides them with an opportunity for recognition of excellence, and allows them participation in regional and national research conferences. Membership also makes them eligible for special scholarships, awards and recognition.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400, and all History and Foreign Language courses; C- required for ENGL 10500
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

CHESS College Core (24 Credits)

Major Core (39 Credits)

Other Required Courses (27 Credits)

Free Electives (27 Credits) - Student may choose any nine (9) courses to fulfil this requirement

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400, and all History and Foreign Language courses; C- required for ENGL 10500; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1:  All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed.

Note 2:  Any world language is accepted. Students must complete four (4) semesters of the same world language or test out at level 4.



The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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