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Department of History
University of Mississippi

B.A. in History

The study of history explores our shared and diverse past, providing an essential context and perspective on the contemporary world. Studying history enhances a student’s ability to think and reason, to communicate effectively, and to organize systematically, evaluate, and interpret information. These are essential skills demanded of today’s young professionals and graduate students.

Students who enroll at the University of Mississippi after the 2014-15 academic year must use the following course requirements for a B.A. in History. Students who enrolled during or before the 2014-15 academic year can use either the course requirements for a B.A. in history listed below, or the previous course requirements for a B.A. in history, which can be found here.

Requirements for a B.A. in History
A major in history for the B.A. degree consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours, which may include a maximum of three survey-level courses (100-level courses) and must include at least one advanced research course from HST 494, 498, or 499. Of these 33 hours, students must take at least 6 hours in each of the department’s three main focus areas: a) American history, b) European history, and c) histories of other regions. The Department of History website has the list of courses that meet these three areas. History majors should also take courses that reflect the chronological diversity of course offerings.

Other Academic Requirements
A minimum grade of C is required in all History courses applied by a student toward either a major or minor in history.

Degree Sheet

A degree sheet and sample degree map can be found here.


To download a copy of the advising form the department uses to track student progress toward a history major, click here.

For a full list of all history courses, see the Department of History catalog.

To learn how to change your major to history, click here.