2018-19 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 26, 2021  
2018-19 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA

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About the Program

The Purdue University Northwest Bachelor of Arts degree in History meets the general guidelines of the American Historical Association. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in History will open many opportunities. Graduates with degrees in History will be well suited to pursue careers as 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 will provide students with the opportunity to delve into and investigate local historical societies or other archives. Upon completion of their investigations, students will have an opportunity to present their work.

PNW history students may apply for membership in the Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, which provides students with an opportunity for recognition of excellence, and allow them to participate in regional and national research conferences and be eligible for various 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)

Supplemental Core (36 Credits)

  • Foreign Language (12 Credits) - credit in the fourth semester required
  • U.S. Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)

Students may also take courses from the Humanities and Social Sciences Core: Literature, Philosophy, History, Aesthetics, and Political Science, as well as PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology , SOC 10000 - Introductory Sociology , and/or ECON 10100 - Survey Of Economics  .  For a full list of classes, see your academic advisor.

Major Core (39 Credits)

Other Required Courses (15 Credits)

Free Electives

Student may choose any five (5) courses to fulfil this requirement

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. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

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

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Foreign Language – Level I Course (m): Choose from: SPAN 10100, FR 10100, GER 10100, or JPNS 10100; Level II Course: Choose from: SPAN 10200, FR 10200, GER .10200, or JPNS 10200; Level III Course: Choose from: SPAN 20100, FR 20100, GER 20100, or JPNS 20100; Level IV Course: Choose from: SPAN 20200, FR 20200, GER 20200, or JPNS 20200. Must complete 4 semesters of the same foreign language.

Note 2: US History Elective - 30000 level US History courses have a prerequisite of HIST 15100 or 15200. Other courses may be approved by the program advisor.

Note 3: Non US History Elective - 30000 level non US History courses have a prerequisite of HIST 10400. Other courses may be approved by the program advisor.

Students are encourage to speak with their academic advisor regarding course selections.


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, check out “What Can I Do With this Major?”

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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