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History (BA), 4-Year

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As a history major, you'll study human society through research, analysis and interpretation of the past.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

D'Youville's History program focuses on American culture and its interaction with European, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.

Your coursework is integrated with social science, philosophy, religion, and the arts. History majors learn to provide insights that help others understand the differences in how groups exercise power, make decisions and respond to change.

Upon graduation, you'll be prepared you for a wide variety of careers, including positions in private industry, corporations, educational facilities, or federal, state and local governments. Other career paths for History majors are lawyer, librarian, biographer, genealogist, diplomat and museum curator.

Concentrations

The History major leads to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Choose a concentration in a related social science (political science, sociology or psychology) or choose a minor:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Computer science
  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
 

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Join classmates and faculty for the department's annual trip to the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference. You'll join students from over 35 countries to debate over the most pressing issues that face the international community today.
  • Gain research experience at the undergraduate level by working with D'Youville faculty or through one of our many local collaborating institutions.
  • Study Chinese history in China through a faculty-led summer program. Or deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • Build your resume with a professional internship, while gaining perspective on a future career.
  • Flexible requirements for the major means you can customize the curriculum to suit your future career goals.
  • Benefit from individualized attention in small classes taught by accomplished faculty.
  • Strong interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent basis for graduate study or law school. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Considerations

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver
Dean's 80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500

*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
High School Average SAT + (or) ACT
80 980 19

+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.

Curriculum

Curriculum

History
Degree: B.A.

Course Requirements for the Major:

Four courses from the History Core:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS 103

Comparing World Civilizations

This course surveys the origins and growth of the Confucian, Islamic and Western worlds, and examines how a concentration of political and economic ideas and technologies allowed temporary Western dominance. This course meets the core requirement in history.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
HIS 111

Growth of Western Culture

This course is a survey of the development of Western culture as divided into seven major epochs: Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the 19th century and the 20th century. This course meets the core requirement in history.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
HIS 203

American History to 1865

This course examines American history from colonial times to 1865, with attention to the diversity of experiences among peoples during this period. This course meets the core requirement in history.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
HIS 204

American History Since 1865

This course examines the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States and its diverse peoples from 1865 to the present. This course meets the core requirement in history.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 12

Two United States History Courses: 6

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS

Any courses in US history except HIS 203 and HIS 204 fulfill the requirement

 Any courses in US history except HIS 203 and HIS 204 fulfill the requirement
6
Total 6

Two Non-United States History Courses: 6

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS

One course must be in European history and one must be non-Western history to fulfill the requirement. HIS 103 and HIS 111 do not fulfill this requirement.

 One course must be in European history and one must be non-Western history to fulfill the requirement. HIS 103 and HIS 111 do not fulfill this requirement.
6
Total 6

Five Upper-Division History Courses (Concentration): 15

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS

Concentration in a US or Non-US history track may be focused on geographical region, time period, or theme in consultation with a History Department advisor.

  Concentration in a US or Non-US history track may be focused on geographical region, time period, or theme in consultation with a History Department advisor.
15
Total 15
Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS 444

Internship

The history internship is a variable credit (3-12 hours) required course that encourage juniors/seniors to investigate a career through a placement in a professional setting or in the development of future projects (graduate study). This allows students to work under the guidance of an immediate supervisor and/or a college faculty sponsor.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
HIS-450

Capstone Course/Senior Thesis

Capstone Course/Senior Thesis
3
Total 6
 
In other academic areas required for the major:

Related field in one of the following: 12
Structured Minor

  • Any discipline

Related Field

  • Economics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Political Science

Major: 57
Core requirements and electives: 63
Total: 120

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