• Tueller, James B. (1997)B.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1991, Columbia University; M.Phil. 1993, Columbia University; Ph.D. 1997, Columbia University.

Associate Professor

  • McBride, Richard D. (2008) B.A. 1993, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2001, University of California Los Angeles.
  • Murdock, Michael G. (2007) B.A. 1988, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1990 Brigham Young University; M.A. 1994, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; Ph.D. 1999 University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
  • Walker, Isaiah M. (2006) B.A. 1997, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 2000, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Ph.D. 2006, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Special Instructors

  • Compton, Cynthia (1992) B.A. 1988, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1990, University of Missouri-Columbia. Ph.D. 2006, Brigham Young University.

Emeritus Faculty

  • Baldridge, Kenneth W. (1968)
  • Gubler, Greg (1982)


The Discipline

The History major lies at the center of the liberal arts curriculum and supports the University goal of obtaining a broad university education based on the world's arts, letters, and sciences. It offers students the opportunity to expand their horizons around the globe and across time from the earliest human era to the present. History students work in positions of challenge and responsibility in nearly every field, from business to teaching to law to government service. Many go on to earn graduate and professional degrees. They learn skills in research, writing, critical thinking, synthesis and interdisciplinarity that offer the best preparation for the varying challenges of work and service in the rapidly changing world.
Finally, it takes as a central goal the development of a student's ability to think clearly, communicate effectively, learn independently and solve problems successfully.

Career Opportunities

A student of history acquires skills and attitudes that are valuable assets in the professional world. With excellent writing, analytical and research skills, history majors are desirable in fields of education, government, publishing, information, advocacy and business. A wealth of opportunities awaits the history graduate, including careers as teachers, writers, lawyers, archivists, politicians and entrepreneurs. A student of history has every opportunity that thinking about the past and the present in a multitude of ways can open up to them. The values of curiosity and inquisitiveness make history majors people who desire to learn more and live life as a continual education.

Program Outcomes

Upon completing a major in History, students will:

  1. Develop information literacy skills for evaluating historical and library sources.
  2. Communicate effectively about the past through written and oral presentations.
  3. Analyze arguments and perspectives of others.
  4. Develop historical ways of thinking to critically assess the past.
  5. Learn context from at least three of four major geographical areas (Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania).
  6. Connect to related disciplines, such as political science, geography, etc.
  7. Value the past and present of world communities. 
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Admission to All Programs

All undergraduate degree programs in the Department of History are open enrollment.

Major and Minor Requirements

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in History and History Education and a minor in History. The History Department also requires its majors to obtain knowledge and experience in other social science areas, including anthropology, geography and political science. D credits may not be counted toward completion of any major or minor in the department.

Some majors in the department have an opportunity to extend their academic work into practical work experiences while earning credit through internships. Students wishing information on these programs may consult with the coordinators of the major programs or with the Department Chair.

No grade below C- will be counted towards the major.

B.A. History (42 Hours)

Core Requirements (18 hours)

  • HIST 200 The Historian's Craft (3)
  • HIST 201 World History Civilization to 1500 (3)
  • HIST 202 World History Civilization since 1500 (3)
  • POSC 110 U.S. Political System (3) or POSC 150 Comparative Government and Politics (3)
  • HIST 485 Junior Tutorial in History (3)
  • HIST 490 Historical Research and Writing (3)

Elective Requirements (24 hours)

Any eight history courses, six of which must be upper-division electives (numbered 250 and above).

To broaden their understanding of the major world cultures, history majors are required to complete at least one upper-division course from three of the following five major geographic areas: America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the Pacific Islands. First-year students should consider taking History 120 and History 121, the introductory American History sequence. The History professors strongly recommended that history majors take at least two years of a foreign language and an economics class. History majors are encouraged to minor in a field that enhances their preparation for employment or graduate school. Consult with faculty.

B.A. History Education (73 Hours)
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History Minor (15 hours)
A minor requires the completion of 15 hours in History courses, at least 9 hours of which must be upper division electives (numbered 250 and above).