Isaiah Walker, Chair (
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Hii Campbell, Academic Advisor (
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  • 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

  • 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.

Assistant Professors

  • Kester, J. Matthew (2004) B.A. 1999 Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 2003 University of California Santa Barbara; Ph.D. 2007 University of California Santa Barbara.
  • McBride, Richard D. (2008) B.A. 1993, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2001, University of California Los Angeles.

Adjunct Faculty

  • 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)

Admission to All Programs

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

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.

Programs and Degrees

  • B.A. History
  • B.A. History Education
  • History Minor
  • Asian Studies Minor

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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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.

Note: ENG 101 is a pre-requisite course to HIST 201 and 202.

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 (18 hours)
A minor requires the completion of 18 hours in History, including History 200 and 485, excluding History 201 and 202.

Asian Studies Minor (18 hours)
Core requirements: complete one of the following courses (3 hours)
  • ICS 262 Cultures of Asia (3)
  • HIST 342 Traditional Asia (3)

Language Component: complete one of the following language options (3 hours)

  • CHIN 301 Introduction to Chinese Literature (3)
  • JPN 301 Introduction to Japanese Literature (3)

Social Science/Politics/Modern History: complete at least one of the following (3 hours)

  • HIST 344 Modern China (3)
  • HIST 346 Modern Northeast Asia (3)
  • HIST 348 Southeast Asia (3)
  • HIST 384 Global Asian Diasporas (3)
  • HIST 390R Special Studies (only Asian topics) (3)
  • HIST 485 Junior Tutorial (only Asian topics) (3)
  • POSC 340 Asian Governments (3)
  • POSC 342 International Relations of Asia (3)
  • BUSM 431 International Marketing (3)

Humanities/Culture/Traditional History: complete at least one of the following (3 hours)

  • ART 401R Special Topics in World Art (only Asian topics) (3)
  • CHIN 441 Classical Chinese Literature (3)
  • CHIN 445R Special Studies in Chinese (5)
  • ENGL 343 Asian Literature in English (3)
  • GEOG 470 Geography of Asia (3)
  • IDS 317 Religion and Culture (only Asian topics) (3)
  • ICS 263 Cultures of Asian America (3)
  • JPN 321 Selected Readings and Grammar (3)
  • JPN 445R Special Studies in Japanese (3)

Electives: complete two more electives form sections III and/or IV above (6 hours)