Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in History. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication)3
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Humanities (HIST 100+ level course recommended)3
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 3 Natural Science3
HIST 301 (Major Requirement)33Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3HIST Elective Level 100-300 (Major Requirement)43
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 15 13-16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
HIST Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)43HIST Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)43
HIST Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)43HIST Elective Level 500-699 (Major Requirement)43
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
HIST Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)43HIST 696 (Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
HIST Elective Level 500-699 (Major Requirement)43Elective or additional HIST 300+ elective, if needed43
LA&S 490 (Recommended, or elective)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, (or elective))1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

3

Must be a declared History major in order to enroll in HIST 301. See a departmental advisor to declare.

4

History majors must complete 5 courses (15 hours) in History electives that fulfill either Category I or Category II distribution within the major. 3 courses (9 hours) are required for the other category. Of these 24 hours, only two courses can be taken at the 100-299 level, and a minimum of 2 courses must be taken at the 500-699 level.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.