The Bachelor’s Degree

The baccalaureate curriculum is organized for students who hope to place their world in historical perspective. Education in history at the University of Illinois at Springfield is broad-based humanities training, providing students with research capabilities, analytical methods, and communication skills that are useful in many fields. The curriculum prepares students for careers in fields such as history, politics, government, business, law, journalism, writing, and administration. Through internships, students are able to test career possibilities where the research and analytical skills of the historian are appropriate.

Advising (All HIS Majors)

Each student is assigned both an academic advisor and a faculty advisor to assist in planning an individual program of study responsive to the student’s interests and goals and designed to meet the requirements of the History Department. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors regularly, especially before enrolling for their first and last semesters. Questions about advising may be directed to the History Department by email (, or phone at (217) 206-6779. Students who are enrolled in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must consult regularly with their TEP advisor.

Grading Policy (All HIS Majors)

History courses for which the student has attained a grade of C or better will be applied toward the B.A. degree (grades of C- or lower will not be accepted). History courses taken as CR/NC will be applied toward the degree if a grade of CR is attained. History majors may repeat program courses for grade improvement only once without seeking department approval.

Degree Requirements for All HIS Students

Lower-division Requirements

To pursue a major in history, students must complete two courses from the following list of classes on historical regions and themes (six hours total). The two courses must be from different categories of historical regions and themes. Alternatively, students can transfer equivalent courses from an accredited institution. Comparative Societies courses with an HIS prefix can be used to fulfill both the Comparative Societies requirements and history lower-division requirements provided students graduate with sufficient total credits.

Categories of Historical Regions and Themes (6 Hours)

World History
Making of the West
Gods & Heroes of Early Europe
Comparative Religion
HIS 150 Topics in Comparative Religion 3
HIS 202 European History 3
HIS 212 History of Russia: Peter I to Putin 3
United States
HIS 204 U.S. History to 1877 3
or HIS 205 U.S. History Since 1877
Middle East
Topics in Middle Eastern History
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Women in the Middle East
East Asia
HIS 176 History of Premodern East Asia 3
or HIS 177 History of Modern East Asia

Graduation Requirements

Upper-division Core Requirements
HIS 301 The Historian’s Craft 1 3
HIS 401 Senior Seminar 1 3
Eight hours of non-U.S. History Courses from the following: 8
Topics in Warfare
ECCE: Culture Wars/Europe
Islamic Civilization
ECCE: Reading Arab Pasts
ECCE: Conflict in the Middle East
ECCE: Christian-Muslim Encounters
ECCE: Democracy and Democratic Theory
Alexander the Great
ECCE: Cleopatra’s Egypt
Rise of Rome
Caesar to Charlemagne
ECCE: Politics and Religion: Culture Wars
ECCE: Ancient Sport and Spectacle
World Environmental Thought
Europe in the 18th Century: The Enlightenment
ECCE: Conflict in 19th Century Europe
Europe In The 20th Century
Renaissance and Reformation Europe
Topics in 20th Century World History
ECCE: The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia
Imperial Russia
History of the Soviet Union
ECCE: Nationalism and Imperialism
Modern China
Premodern Japan
Modern Japan
ECCE: From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate’s World History
Topics in Pre-Modern World History
Women in Chinese and Japanese History
Samurai in History and Romance
ECCE: Anime, History, and Memory
Cold War and the Middle East
History of Christmas
Eastern Christianity
Upper Division Elective History Courses
Options: any 300-level or 400-level HIS course not used to fulfill another HIS degree requirement. 19
Total Hours 33

Students must earn no less than a C in HIS 301 as a prerequisite for HIS 401. HIS 301 and HIS 401 may not be taken during the same semester.

Students should consult with academic advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements.

Courses from other departments may count for history credit when they support the student’s degree plan and are approved in advance.

Degree Plan*

*Listed below is a SUGGESTED Degree Plan.  For OFFICIAL program information, please refer to the catalog content above and consult your academic advisor.

Recommended Course Schedule – UIS Gen Ed

Year 1
Fall   Hours
ENG 1011 Rhetoric and College Writing 3
Freshman Seminar1,5 3
Math Skills1 3
Science with lab (either life or physical science)1 4
  Hours 13
ENG 1021 College Writing and Civic Engagement 3
Comparative Societies (Hum or SS)1,5 3
HIS 1XX or 2XX (Historical Regions and Themes) (Humanities or Social Sciences)3,6 3
Social/Behavioral Science course1 3
COM 1121 Oral Communication 3
  Hours 15
Year 2
Math Applied1 3
Social/Behavioral Science course1 3
Visual/Performing Arts Humanities Requirement1 3
HIS 1XX or 2XX (Historical Regions and Themes) (Humanities or Social Sciences)3,5 3
Lower Division elective or minor course4 3
  Hours 15
Science without lab (either life or physical science)1 3
ECCE2,7 3
Lower Division elective or minor course4 3
Lower Division elective or minor course4 3
Lower Division elective or minor course4 3
  Hours 15
Year 3
Non-U.S. History Course3 4
HIS 3013,7 The Historian’s Craft 3
ECCE2,7 3
HIS Elective3 4
Lower Division elective or minor course4 3
  Hours 17
HIS Elective3 3
HIS Elective3 4
Non-U.S. History Course3 4
Lower Division elective or minor course4 3
Lower Division elective or minor course4 3
  Hours 17
Year 4
HIS Elective3 4
HIS Elective3 4
Upper Division elective or minor course4 3
Upper Division elective or minor course4 3
  Hours 14
HIS 4013,9 Senior Seminar 3
Non-US History Course3 4
ECCE2,7 3
UNI 3012 ECCE: Speakers Series 1
Upper Division elective or minor course4 3
  Hours 14
  Total Hours: 120

This Course Fulfills General Education Requirements- 43 Hours
If Freshman Seminar = Humanities then Comparative Societies = Social Science and visa versa


Students must complete ECCEs in at least two of the three ECCE categories – U.S. Communities, Global Awareness, Engagement – per major requirements in addition to Speakers Series – 10 Hours


History Major course work – 39 Hours


Upper Division Electives- minimum 12 Hours of 300/400-level courses, may be course work that can be selected to earn a minor; can be outside of major.


If History courses are taken as Freshman Seminar and/or Comparative Societies, courses can count as lower-division History survey requirement.


Lower-division History survey courses must cover two different regions or eras.


History ECCE courses can be counted twice: once as an ECCE requirement and once as a History Elective.


We plan to offer HIS 301 every semester, and students may want to take it in their fourth rather than fifth semester. The dept. recommends that students take HIS 301 either before or as soon as they begin their upper-division course work.


We plan to offer HIS 401 every semester. Most students should take it in their last semester, but TEP minors should  plan to take it in the fall rather than the spring, if they plan to student teach in the spring.