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History (BA)

Hours - 42 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2020
Last Revised 6/26/2020

Program Requirements


Core Requirements — 18 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
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 490 Historical Research and Writing F 3.0


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
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
HIST 496R Student Research Variable 1.0 - 3.0


No grade below "C-" accepted


Program 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.
  • Develop historical ways of thinking to critically assess the past.
  • Learn context from at least three of four major geographical areas (Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania).
  • Connect to related disciplines, such as political science, geography, etc.
  • Value the past and present of world communities.