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Note: History majors may not earn the History minor.

History majors learn how to gather information from primary and secondary sources, cull and analyze that information, identifying its most significant aspects, reach conclusions, and produce well-written narratives and oral presentations relating the contents and results of their work.

History explores the past so we can better understand the present. Students will learn how to analyze primary and secondary sources to identify significant themes and trends, reach conclusions, and produce effective written and oral materials related to a particular subject(s). There are four thematic options within the Bachelor of Arts in History: Arts, Culture, and Society; Global History; Labor and Social Movements; Power, Gender, and Identity. Alternatively, students can pursue the general history option and take an additional 30 credits of THIST prefixed courses (25 of which must be upper division). 

History Honors

Students majoring in History also have the option of graduating with honors. This route is especially recommended for students expecting to enter graduate school. To learn more, talk to your academic advisor.

Phi Alpha Theta (PAT)

UW Tacoma is the home of the Alpha Zeta Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the National History Honor Society. Phi Alpha Theta national requirements state that students must have completed 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) of college-level history courses (including those taken at other institutions) in which they earned a GPA of 3.1 or better, and carry a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

The Phi Alpha Theta honors society induction ceremony is held spring quarter at UW Tacoma. Members wear crimson stoles with their academic regalia at commencement. All UW Tacoma students are welcome at PAT meetings and service projects. Contact your academic advisor or the Phi Alpha Theta faculty advisor, William Burghart for more information. 

History Degree Requirements (Effective Autumn 2019)

The Bachelor of Arts in History requires 60 credits. These will include the required Core Courses (30 credits). The choice of remaining elective History coursework (30 credits) is entirely at the student’s discretion. This coursework varies, however, depending on whether you have chosen to declare the general History major or one of the History thematic options. If you do the general History major, the remaining 30 credits of coursework must have a THIST prefix, and 25 of those credits must be upper division. If you choose one of the thematic options, you must choose 30 elective credits from the approved course lists.

For questions about the History major, contact an academic advisor, or History major coordinator Professor Julie Nicoletta.

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Required 30 credits (each course 5 credits unless otherwise noted)

To be taken after consultation with an advisor:

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History Thematic Options

Arts, Culture and Society History Option

The Arts, Culture and Society option is designed to offer students a strong foundation for understanding the interconnection between cultural production and historical causation where ideas, art, architecture, literature, film and the performing arts function as agents of social and historical change.This option is interdisciplinary and examines the intersection and interaction between politics, science, economics, social ritual and development, class, gender, and race across a global environment over time.

The Arts, Culture and Society Option requires 30 credits from the list below. 25 credits must be upper-division THIST courses.

  • TEGL 271 American Indians in Film
  • TEGL 419 African-American Culture and Consciousness
  • THIST 111 Ancient World
  • THIST 112 Intro to Medieval World
  • THIST 231 The Ancient Mediterranean World
  • THIST 280 German Cultural History
  • THIST 290 A World History of Food
  • THIST 333 Early American Music, Art, Literature, and Theater
  • THIST 336 Black, Labor, and Protest Music in Historical Perspective
  • THIST 377 Art of the Americas
  • THIST 378 American Architecture
  • THIST 379 Modern Architecture
  • THIST 385 Russian Civilization
  • THIST 470 The Material World: Art and Artifacts
  • THIST 479 Modern European Culture
  • THIST 486 Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society
  • THIST 487 Technology in the Modern World
  • THIST 490 Medieval Technology
  • THIST 491 Advanced Topics in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterrannean World
  • TLAX 400 Afro-Hispanic Culture
  • TLAX 441 Mexican Cinema and Society
  • TLAX 465 Latin American Visual Arts
  • TLIT 481 Postcolonial Fiction

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Global History Option 

The Global History option is designed to offer students a strong foundation for understanding the relational forces between continents, and the historical process of globalization. Colonialism, imperialism, anticolonial independence movements, and the national and transnational effects they cause are additional areas of study.  This option is interdisciplinary and prepares students for investigating issues of globalization, such as the impact of colonization and aggressive imperial expansion on dominated territories and their history.

The Global History Option requires 30 credits from the list below. 25 credits must be upper-division THIST courses.

  • TEGL 303 Introduction to American Indian Education
  • TEGL 340 Intersections: Race, Gender and Sexuality in a Global Perspective
  • THIST 102 Introduction to Global Studies
  • THIST 111 The Ancient World
  • THIST 112 The Medieval World
  • THIST 202 Global Theories and Methods
  • THIST 203 Modern Europe in Global History
  • THIST 212 American Military History I
  • THIST 213 American Military History II
  • THIST 220 African American History 1619-1865
  • THIST 231 The Ancient Mediterranean World
  • THIST 251 The Global Twentieth Century
  • THIST 260 Empires and Imperialism in World History
  • THIST 270 Premodern East Asian
  • THIST 271 Modern East Asia
  • THIST 290 A World History of Food
  • THIST 340 History of United States-American Indian Relations
  • THIST 343 Vietnam and the 1960s
  • THIST 363 Making of Russia
  • THIST 364 Modern Russia
  • THIST 365 Europe in the Twentieth Century
  • THIST 372 Comparative Perspectives on East Asian and Latin American Development
  • THIST 375 British Empire
  • THIST 377 Art of the Americas
  • THIST 379 Modern Architecture
  • THIST 444 The Pacific Northwest
  • THIST 451 Renaissance Europe
  • THIST 462 History of Vietnam
  • THIST 464 Modern China
  • THIST 465 Modern Japan
  • THIST 466 Modern Korea
  • THIST 474 Imperial China
  • THIST 475 Twentieth-Century Britain
  • THIST 477 Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe
  • THIST 478 Europe in the Nineteenth Century
  • THIST 480 Eastern Europe in Transition, 1940-2000
  • THIST 484 The Pacific War
  • THIST 486 Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society
  • THIST 487 Technology in the Modern World
  • THIST 488 History of Urbanization and the Environment
  • THIST 490 Medieval Technology
  • THIST 491 Advanced Topics in the Ancient and Medieval World
  • THIST 495 The Metropolis
  • T POLS 329 Making of Modern Africa
  • T POLS 360 Genocide

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Labor and Social Movements Option

The Labor and Social Movements option is designed to offer students a strong foundation for understanding historical roots and processes that shape political, intellectual, economic and social developments and consequently the conditions of the working class in a global context.  This option is interdisciplinary and examines the culture, politics, and socioeconomic conditions as they intersect with gender, labor, and race in changing contexts of im(migration), famine, disenfranchiesement, marginalization, oppression, and political disempowerment. Consequently, this option explores and analyzies social movements responding to these conditions such as socialism, protest, community organization, unionism, and revolution.

The Labor and Social Movements Option requires 30 credits from the list below. 25 credits must be upper-division THIST courses.

  • TEGL 305 American Indian Movement
  • THIST 315 Industrialization and Reform
  • THIST 322 American Labor Since the Civil War
  • THIST 336 Black, Labor, and Protest Music in Historical Perspective
  • THIST 343 Vietnam and the 1960s
  • THIST 413 Civil Rights, Civil Liberties (5, max. 10)
  • THIST 416 Life and Thought: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis
  • THIST 417 United States History 1945-Present
  • THIST 440 Black Labor in America
  • THIST 441 Black Freedom Movement in Perspective
  • THIST 475 Twentieth-Century Britain
  • THIST 478 Europe in the Nineteenth Century
  • T POLS 343 Community and Labor Organizing: A Multiculturual Perspective

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Power, Gender, and Identity Option 

The Power, Gender and Identity option offers a strong foundation for understanding the historical roots of intersections between race, gender, ethnicity, class, and socioeconomics that have created and continue to transform hierarchical structures of power. This option is interdisciplinary and examines the origins of social stratification with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, and class.  In consultation with primary sources drawn from divergent cultural, social and natural science documents, this option explores the historical context of marginalization, disenfranchisement, political and economic inequality and disempowerment.

The Power, Gender, and Identity Option requires 30 credits from the list below. 25 credits must be upper-division THIST courses.

  • TEGL 303 Introduction to American Indian Education
  • TEGL 305 American Indian Movement
  • TEGL 340 Intersections: Race, Gender and Sexuality in a Global Perspective
  • TEGL 380 Gender and Sexuality Across Cultural and Historical Contexts
  • TEGL 419 African-American Culture and Consciousness
  • THIST 220 African American History 1619-1865
  • THIST 221 African-American History 1865-1945
  • THIST 222 African-American History 1945-Present
  • THIST 260 Empires and Imperialism
  • THIST 320 Asian-American History
  • THIST 336 Black, Labor, and Protest Music in Historical Perspective
  • THIST 340 History of United States-American Indian Relations
  • THIST 341 African-American History
  • THIST 349 Minorities and Higher Education in American History
  • THIST 375 British Empire
  • THIST 377 Art of the Americas
  • THIST 416 Life and Thought: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis
  • THIST 420 African-American Religious History
  • THIST 437 Doing Community History
  • THIST 440 Black Labor in America
  • THIST 441 Black Freedom Movement in Perspective
  • THIST 442 History of African American Education
  • THIST 430 Introduction to Public History
  • THIST 457 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
  • THIST 475 Twentieth-Century Britain
  • THIST 487 Technology in the Modern World
  • TLAX 238 Latinos in the United States
  • TLIT 230 Multi-Ethnic American Literature
  • TLIT 433 Native American Literature and Federal Indian Law
  • TLIT 481 Postcolonial Fiction
  • TPOLS 317 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • TPOLS 360 Genocide
  • TSOC 265 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • TSOC 270 Introduction to Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • TWOMN 347 History of Women in the United States

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History Major Requirements Before 2019

 

History Degree Requirements

For History, you need to complete 60 credits to meet the degree requirements. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, in order to earn a bachelor of arts degree in your chosen major.

For questions about the History major, contact an academic advisor, or History major coordinator Professor Julie Nicoletta.

Core Requirements

Required 30 credits (each course 5 credits unless otherwise noted)

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Option Requirements

History Options and Courses

The BA in History requires 60 credits. These will include core courses and courses in one of five selected History options. 45 upper-division credits and 45 credits of School of IAS courses are required for graduation from School of IAS.

Required option courses are 30 credits, of which 25 credits must be upper-division courses.

History Options:

United States History Option (List A)

United States History Option: Through the critical analysis of primary and secondary sources students will gain an understanding of the complex factors significant in the development of the United States, including race, class, gender, colonization, immigration, industrialization, westward expansion and the rise of movements, such as Progressivism and Reaganism.

United States History Option requires 30 credits from List A. 25 credits must be upper-division courses.

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European History Option (List B)

European History Option: Covering ancient and modern European history with emphases in British, German, and Mediterranean history and themes that problematize traditional readings of “the rise of the West,” students gain a deeper understanding about European history and the interregional interactions that shaped it through critical thinking and source analysis.

European History Option requires 30 credits from List B. 25 credits must be upper-division courses.

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Asian History Option (List C)

Asian History Option: The Asian history option includes courses from premodern to modern East Asia, with focuses on China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as examination of Pacific and Mediterranean world-systems. This option considers social, cultural, political, economic and intellectual developments within a historical framework.

Asian History Option requires 30 credits from List C. 25 credits must be upper-division courses.

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Global History Option

Global History Option: Students gain understanding of interconnectedness of human histories and processes of globalization by studying world ancient and modern history, and classes that include U.S., European, and Asian options, as well as electives from other regions and cultures through critical analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Global History option majors are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language and to engage in a study abroad program as part of their Global History education.

Global History option majors are also strongly encouraged to take THIST 202 Global Theories as an option course as it provides an introduction of the historiographical trends and research methods in global studies.

Global History Option requires 30 credits as described below. 25 credits must be upper-division courses.

List D: American Focus

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List E: European Focus

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List F: Asian Focus

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List G: Global Focus

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Self-Designed History Option (List H)

Self-Designed History Option: For students who wish to pursue a topical approach to History (e.g. art and architecture, economic, environmental, ethnic, gender, labor, military, public, religious, etc.) and for students who currently choose to study Ancient, Latin American or African History.

Self-Designed History Option: 30 credits from List H or history courses from UW Bothell or UW Seattle as approved by their History faculty advisor.

Students must have the advance approval and continual counsel of their History faculty advisor for all of their coursework. In addition to the required core courses listed above, students need to take 30 credits from the history related elective courses (List H) or history courses from UW Bothell or UW Seattle (including distance learning courses) as approved by their History faculty advisor.

This option cannot be completed by taking 30 credits from the list of courses below. Extensive discussion with the History faculty advisor must occur for a degree to be earned in this option. 

 

 

Additional courses may be approved and added to course lists to provide students more flexibility and options. Please refer to this page often for the most up-to-date information.


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