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The study of History at Ohio Dominican University offers students the opportunity to explore the past from the perspective of both general knowledge and particular areas of interest—courses in American, Western and non-Western areas comprise the core of our curriculum.

Degree offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Minor in History
See also: Knowledge of the past is essential to functioning intelligently in the present, and charting the wisest course for the future. The great historian E.H. Carr once said that “The study of history frees one from narrowness, from presentness and from arrogance…it conveys an awareness of alternatives.” 

So, history is more than its own reward; it liberates the mind and prepares the student for the responsibilities of citizenship in the nation and the world. By taking the long view of causes, contexts and chronologies of past events, the well-trained student of history is able to analyze the breadth of human experience from multiple perspectives.

The emphasis on critical thinking skills in research, reading and writing are applicable to many different career paths, including education, business, journalism, law, and government service. 
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for History Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 HST 107
    MTH 121
    Natural Science
    HST 106
    Social/Behavioral Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279 HST 111
    HST 110 Concentration (1)
    POL 290 Foreign Language 111
    Foreign Language 110
    Elective Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 Concentration (3)
    Concentration (2)
    POL 360
    Social/Behavioral Science Art/Music/Theatre
    THL Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    Concentration (4) HST 479
    Select one concentration – each concentration requires 12 credit hours:
    • United States History
    • European History
    • World History
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in History
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below. 
    Courses Credits
    HST 106 World History I 3*
    HST 107 World History II 3*
    HST 110 Western Civilization I 3*
    HST 111 Western Civilization II 3*
    HST 479 CORE: History Matters/Senior Seminar 3*
    Courses Credits
    History Concentration - Select one concentration: 12*
    United States History

    HST 201 American History I 3
    HST 202 American History II 3
    Select six credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    HST 320 20th Century America 3
    HST 330 World Powers in 20th Century 3
    HST 342 History of Christianity in U.S. 3
    HST 348E History U.S. Foreign Relations 3
    HST 365 United States Presidency 3
    HST 379A CORE: Justice, Rights, Liberty 3
    HST 379B CORE: Slavery and Freedom 3
    HST 379C CORE: Columbus Urban History 3
    POL 379B CORE: Peace and Justice: Catholic Social Teachings 3

    European History

    Select twelve credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    HST 279A CORE: History of Western Monasticism 3
    HST 305 The Ancient World 3
    HST 317 Europe in Age of Revolution 3
    HST 330 World Powers 20th Century 3
    HST 350 Medieval Europe 3
    HST 352 Modern Europe 3

    World History

    Select twelve credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    HST 131 Far East: Beginning to Present 3
    HST 230 History of Latin America 3
    HST 245 Middle East and Islam 3
    HST 330 World Powers 20th Century 3
    HST 370 Africa and America: Uneasy Partnership 3
    Required Correlative

    Courses Credits
    POL 290 Politics & Government: Process & Issues 3
    POL 360 International Politics 3
    Total Credits Required 33

    *Used to calculate the Major GPA

  • Minor in History
    Courses Credits
    History (HST) courses reflecting a distribution among the areas of United States, European and non-Western history.
    Total Credits Required 15