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History B.A.

The B.A. in history provides the analytical and research skills needed for future success in this diverse field, providing students the opportunity to specialize by region, time period or issue area.
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About this Program

  • Work with award-winning faculty members who teach a wide range of classes on fascinating times and places, from ancient Greece to modern China.
  • Study topics that society continues to grapple with, like violence, political power and religion.
  • Learn to write well and think clearly, which is excellent training for almost any career, including law, business, international relations and journalism.
  • Experience unique opportunities offered at Maxwell—from completing individual capstone research projects to publishing articles in our undergraduate journal.

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Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration and international relations. It includes America’s No. 1 ranked graduate program in public affairs, offering highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences. It’s also home to undergraduate programs across the full spectrum of social sciences.
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To complete a history major, students must take at least 30 credit hours, including:

  • One lower-division, two-course foundation sequence (6 credits).
  • Five courses (15 credits) in one geographic concentration (United States, European or global).
  • One course in each of the two other concentrations (6 credits).
  • Practicum in History and the Senior Seminar (HST 301 and HST 401, 6 credits).
  • Majors must complete two courses (at least one upper level) in each major chronological period of history (premodern and modern).

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