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.
- 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.
Other Required Courses (15 Credits)
Student may choose any five (5) courses to fulfil this requirement
Total 120 Credits Required
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.
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.