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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


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.


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


  • 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.


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. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship SAT (M & EBRW)* or ACT⁺ / GPA Tuition Scholarship Room & Board Waiver GPA Required to Retain
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 $3,000 2.75
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000  $2,000 2.5 
Dean's 80/980 or 19
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000   2.25
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000  


Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500  


Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000   2.5
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 or 29 100% off $3,000 2.75
Buffalo Say Yes 90/1080 or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

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.



In the specific area of concentration

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS 103 Comparing World Civilizations 3
HIS 111 Growth of Western Culture 3
HIS 203 American Economic & Social History 3
HIS 204 American Economic & Social History 3
HIS 211 Contemporary Foreign Policy 3
HIS 323 Founding of the American Republic 3
HIS 326 Civil War & Reconstruction 3
HIS 327 Twentieth-Century America 3
HIS 328 Twentieth-Century America 3
HIS 450 Senior Research Project 3

Group I

History electives (9 credits) chosen from:

Course Number Course Name
GLS 101 Global Culture
HIS 309 History of the Far East
HIS 311 History of Latin America
HIS 325 Modern World Revolutions
HIS 329 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS 343 Russia, The West and Change
HIS 344 History of Ireland
HIS 350 Islam and Africa
*HIS 420 Any variable topics course on a non-North American theme

*Courses may also be transferred in/or taken in the consortia.

Group II

History electives (6 credits) chosen from:

Course Number Course Name
HIS 320 History of New York State
HIS 330 History of Constitutional Law
HIS 336 American Environmental History
HIS 341 Canada in Transition
*HIS 420 Any variable topics course on a North American theme
HIS 444 Internship (3-12 credits)

*Courses may also be transferred in/or taken in the consortia.

In other academic areas required for the major

Course Credits
Related field in one of the following 12
(Overlap with core depends on field selected.)

Social Sciences:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Pre-Law
  • Spanish or other foreign language
  • Religious Studies

Structured Mnior (one):

  • Accounting
  • English
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics & Computer Science


Requirement Credits  
Major 57
Core requirements and electives 63
Total 120

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