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Do you enjoy learning about the cultures and peoples of the past? Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of present and future challenges? Are you ready to develop first-class skills in critical thinking and writing?

East Carolina's BA in history educates students for the global economy of the 21st century by providing them with an awareness of their own society as well as that of the world beyond North Carolina. Traditionally accepted as the ideal preparation for careers in law, government, and teaching, history today is more valuable than ever due to the skills of writing and critical thinking with which our graduates are equipped.

As a student, you will benefit from close classroom interaction with our history faculty. Introductory courses are taught to medium-sized audiences, where lectures are blended with discussion and active learning exercises. Advanced courses on more focused topics are taught to smaller groups of students in seminars that place priority on writing and discussion. A foreign language requirement ensures that you are prepared to work in the interactive global workplace of the 21st century. Opportunities for internships are available for those pursuing concentrations in public history, and an Honors paper option is available to interested students aspiring to graduate work in history. History majors benefit from the resources of Joyner Library, in particular its impressive Special Collections and North Carolina Collections.

ECU Advantage

In East Carolina's Department of History, students receive a liberal arts education in a small campus atmosphere with a high level of faculty and student interaction. East Carolina's history faculty are a diverse group of scholars hailing from across the United States and beyond, and they are also an active and productive group of researchers. More than 70 percent of history faculty have published one or more books.

The Department of History also has particular strengths in maritime, Atlantic world, and public history. Many history majors are double-majors, who are preparing for careers in teaching with the added benefit of a strengthened credential. The writing and critical thinking skills taught in history classes prepare all students, whether future teachers, lawyers, doctors, or anything else, to hold more rewarding jobs, be better citizens, and lead fuller lives.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Tim Jenks (321-A Brewster Building; 252-328-2643; jenkst@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

    (For information about the foreign language requirement see Special Requirements for the BA Degree and Placement Testing, Foreign Language.)

      3. Core - 36 s.h.
      • HIST 2000 - Introduction to History
      • HIST 4000 - Senior Seminar
      • Choose 9 s.h. from the following:
        • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500
        • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500
        • HIST 1050 - American History to 1877
        • HIST 1051 - American History Since 1877
        Choose a minimum of 21 s.h. of electives above 2999, at least one 3 s.h. course from each area as listed below

        (Minimum of 3 s.h. must be taken at the 4001-5999 level, excluding HIST 4531, HIST 4532, HIST 4533, HIST 4550, HIST 4551):

          American History:
          • HIST 3010 - Constitutional History of the United States to 1888
          • HIST 3011 - Constitutional History of the United States Since 1888
          • HIST 3031 - Economic History of the United States Since 1865
          • HIST 3100 - North Carolina History
          • HIST 3110 - History of African-Americans
          • HIST 3121 - American Military History to 1900
          • HIST 3122 - American Military History Since 1900
          • HIST 3140 - Women in American History
          • HIST 3170 - History of Native Americans
          • HIST 3200 - Diplomatic History of the United States
          • HIST 3205 - History of American Urban Life
          • HIST 3210 - Colonial America to 1763
          • HIST 3215 - American Revolution and the Federal Era, 1763-1800
          • HIST 3225 - The Era of Sectionalism and Civil War, 1848-1877
          • HIST 3230 - The Birth of Modern America, 1865-1892
          • HIST 3240 - The Age of Franklin Roosevelt, 1919-1945
          • HIST 3245 - The United States Since 1945
          • HIST 3260 - The United States and the Middle East, 1783 to the Present
          • HIST 3907 - Pirate Nation: An ECU History
          • HIST 3920 - Social History of American Medicine
          • HIST 5122 - Social and Cultural History of the United States Since 1865
          • HIST 5140 - The Old South
          • HIST 5141 - The South Since 1877
          • HIST 5220 - Selected Topics in US Women's History
          • HIST 5230 - Themes in African American History
          • HIST 5520 - Maritime History of the Western World Since 1815
          • HIST 5960 - Introduction to Oral History
          European History:
          • HIST 3405 - History of Ancient Greece to 146 BC
          • HIST 3406 - War and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome
          • HIST 3410 - History of Ancient Rome
          • HIST 3412 - A History of Christianity to 1300
          • HIST 3413 - A History of Christianity 1300-present
          • HIST 3414 - The Celtic World, 700 BC-1601 AD
          • HIST 3415 - The Middle Ages
          • HIST 3420 - Early Modern Europe to 1648
          • HIST 3430 - History of Europe, 1815-1914
          • HIST 3435 - History of Europe Since 1914
          • HIST 3444 - Old Regime and Revolutionary France
          • HIST 3445 - Modern France, 1815-present
          • HIST 3460 - Germany, 1790-1914
          • HIST 3461 - Germany Since 1914
          • HIST 3462 - History of the Holocaust
          • HIST 3480 - Britain to 1688
          • HIST 3482 - Britain, 1688-1832
          • HIST 3484 - Britain from 1832
          • HIST 3551 - Medieval Russia, 862-1682
          • HIST 3552 - Imperial Russia, 1682-1917
          • HIST 3553 - Soviet Russia, 1917-1991
          • HIST 4400 - Science and Religion in Europe and America, 1600-1900
          • HIST 4445 - The European Enlightenments
          • HIST 4470 - The Great War: Experience, Memory and Legacy
          • HIST 4500 - Political Culture and Community in Eighteenth-century Britain
          • HIST 5350 - The Renaissance in European History
          • HIST 5360 - The Reformation, 1450-1598
          • HIST 5440 - Twentieth-Century England
          • HIST 5450 - Tudor-Stuart England
          • HIST 5470 - History of Soviet Russia Since 1917
          • HIST 5480 - Weimar and the Rise of Hitler
          • HIST 5505 - Maritime History of the Western World to 1415
          • HIST 5555 - Constitutionalism and Kingship in Early Modern Europe
          • HIST 5660 - Imperialism in Theory and Practice, 1800 to the Present
          World History:
          • HIST 3610 - History of East Asia to 1600
          • HIST 3611 - History of East Asia Since 1600
          • HIST 3615 - History of Traditional Japan
          • HIST 3620 - History of Modern Japan
          • HIST 3625 - Field Study in Japanese Historical Culture
          • HIST 3626 - Field Study in Japanese Historical Texts
          • HIST 3627 - History of Japanese Buddhism
          • HIST 3629 - History of Traditional China
          • HIST 3630 - History of Modern China
          • HIST 3635 - Samurai History and Cinema
          • HIST 3669 - History of the Middle East, 600-1500
          • HIST 3670 - History of the Middle East Since 1500
          • HIST 3680 - Women and Gender in the Middle East
          • HIST 3710 - Introduction to Latin-American History: Colonial Period
          • HIST 3711 - Introduction to Latin-American History: Since 1808
          • HIST 3780 - Mexico and Central America
          • HIST 3810 - History of Africa
          • HIST 3820 - History of South Africa
          • HIST 3830 - Africa and Islam
          • HIST 3840 - Africa and the Atlantic World
          • HIST 4610 - History of Southeast Asia
          • HIST 5300 - Comparative History of Non-Western Civilizations
          • HIST 5340 - The Ancient Near East
          • HIST 5680 - Diplomatic History of Modern Asia
          • HIST 5765 - Latin America, 1492 to the Present
          The following courses vary in content and will be classified according to topic:
          • HIST 3005 - Selected Topics in History
          • HIST 3350 - War and Society
          • HIST 4531 - Directed Readings in History
          • HIST 4532 - Directed Readings in History
          • HIST 4533 - Directed Readings in History
          • HIST 4550 - Honors
          • HIST 4551 - Honors
          • HIST 5005 - Selected Topics
      4. Minor and electives to complete requirements for graduation.
        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

        Careers With This Degree

        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

        • History, General
        • History Teachers, Postsecondary
        • Scientific and Technical Services
        • Education and Training
        • History, General

        Career Opportunities

        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

        NC Tower

        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

        • Self-employed;
        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
        • Work outside of North Carolina.

        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

        Degree-specific internships

        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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