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History (BA)

Hours - 42 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2020
Last Revised 6/26/2021
Holokai Categories: Arts & Humanities

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Program Requirements


Core Requirements — 18 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
HIST 200 The Historian’s Craft F 3.0
HIST 201 History of Civilization to 1500 F, W, S 3.0
HIST 202 History of Civilization since 1500 F, W, S 3.0
POSC 110 The U.S. Political System F, W, S 3.0
HIST 485 Junior Tutorial in History W 3.0 HIST 200
HIST 490 Historical Research and Writing F 3.0 HIST 485


Electives — 24 Credits

Any eight courses, six of which must be 250 or above. At least one upper-division course from three of the four geographic areas must be completed.

*If taken (not waived) at BYU-Hawaii, one core GE course (GE 100, 110, 120, or 300) may substitute for one lower-division history course.

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
GEOG 101 Introductory Geography W 3.0
HIST 120 American History to 1865 (The Americas) F 3.0
HIST 121 American History since 1865 (The Americas) W 3.0
HIST 192 Hawaiian Public and Local History F, W 3.0
HIST 250 History of Eastern Oceania (Pacific Islands) W-even 3.0
HIST 252 History of Western Oceania (Pacific Islands) W-odd 3.0
HIST 303 Christianity Variable 3.0
HIST 304 Buddhism Variable 3.0
HIST 305 Islam Variable 3.0
HIST 306 Confucianism Variable 3.0
HIST 309 Medieval Europe (Europe) W 3.0
HIST 318 History of Writing and Symbols F, W 3.0
HIST 322 History of the Early Modern Age (Europe) W 3.0
HIST 324 Modern Europe (Europe) S-odd 3.0
HIST 342 Traditional Asia (Asia) F 3.0
HIST 344 Modern China (Asia) F 3.0
HIST 346 Modern Northeast Asia (Asia) W-even 3.0
HIST 362 History of the Pacific (Pacific Islands) S 3.0
HIST 365 Hawaiian History I - Pre-Western Contact to Kamehameha V (Pacific Islands) F 3.0
HIST 366 Hawaiian History II - Elected Monarchs, Overthrow, Restoration (Pacific Islands) W 3.0
HIST 367 Cultural History of Surfing (Pacific Islands) S 3.0
HIST 390R Special Topics in History F, W, S 3.0
HIST 399R Internship in History F, W, S 1.0 - 3.0
HIST 423 Modern Nationalism and Globalization W 3.0
HIST 460 Historical Linguistics F, W 3.0
HIST 495R Independent Study Variable 1.0 - 3.0 Permission of Instructor
HIST 496R Student Research Variable 1.0 - 3.0 Permission of Instructor


Additional Program Requirements

No grade below "C-" accepted.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completing a major in History, students will:

  • Develop information literacy skills for evaluating historical and library sources.
  • Communicate effectively about the past through written and oral presentations.
  • Analyze arguments and perspectives of others.
  • Learn context from at least three of four major geographical areas (Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania).
  • Discover the value of kuleana (stewardship) in global citizenship through the understanding of world history and apply those values in their own lives, careers and in giving service.

Program Descriptions

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’ working 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 interdisciplinary 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

The major will provide a rigorous pre-professional degree to prepare students for graduate school in law, business and public administration, diplomacy, public relations, development, as well as academic programs. As a terminal degree the program will prepare highly desirable and competent professional consultants, Business & Government administration, teachers, writers in fields and professions where cultural interaction and differences are significant.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.