What degree can I get in History?
At the undergraduate level we offer the Bachelor of Arts degree (get a brochure about this program (pdf)), which you may earn in on-campus classes or in our new Bachelor of Arts Online Program (get a brochure about this program (pdf)), or by a combination of both. Part of your work may be done through the Regents Online Degree Programs and Study Abroad. Our honors program is one of the oldest such programs in the university, and if you qualify you may
participate in the university’s honors program as well. Completion of these programs will not give you a degree as such, but there
will be a statement on your diploma that you graduated with University Honors or Honors
in History, or both.
How do I become a History major?
If you declare History as your major upon admission to the university, you will be
a History major. Later in your career, if you are advised by the Academic Counseling Center, you may transfer from it. In other cases, you must go to the office of the College
of Arts and Sciences in 107 Scates Hall to declare the History major.
How will I get advised as a History major?
The undergraduate advisors are Dr Walter R. Brown, 201-B Mitchell Hall, 901.678.3393; Dr Maurice Crouse, 201-C Mitchell Hall, 901.678.2517; and Dr Chrystal Goudsouzian, 125 Mitchell Hall, 901.678.5339. The advisor for undergraduates who are taking online
courses is Amanda Lee Savage, 213-B Mitchell Hall, 901.678.1677. Telephone or e-mail to make an appointment with
Will I actually have to meet with my advisor every semester?
You must consult with the advisor, but not necessarily in person. Advising can be
done by e-mail if you are confident in your course planning and only need registration
clearance. For help in planning your courses, please make an appointment.
How many History classes will I have to take for a major?
You must complete 33 semester hours in History courses, including HIST 1110, 1120,
2010, 2020, and 21 additional upper-division semester hours. Of the 21 upper division
hours required for the major, a maximum of 12 may be taken in any one field (African,
Ancient Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, United States). At least
3 of the 21 upper-division hours must be taken outside of the European and United
How many History classes will I be allowed to take?
You may take as many History classes as you wish, but only 42 hours of HIST courses
will count toward the 120 hours required for graduation.
How can I earn Honors in History?
It is difficult to answer this question in a few words. You can find full details
on our page on the Honors Program in History.
I plan to major in another subject but I’m interested in History. What will I have
to do to get a minor in History?
The minor in History requires completion of 21 semester hours in history courses,
including HIST 1110, 1120, 2010, 2020, and 9 additional upper-division semester hours.
If I plan to have a double major in History and another subject, will I have two sets
of General Education requirements to meet?
No. But over and beyond the General Education requirements, colleges and departments
have additional specific requirements for each major. You should consult with advisors
in both majors for information about these specific requirements.
I am a non-degree student. May I take History courses anyway?
Yes. You may take as many History courses as you wish, even for degree purposes, up
to 42 hours of credit. If you aren’t going for a degree, there is no limit at all
to number of courses you can take in any subject.
I took an Advanced Placement class in History in high school. Can I get credit for
it, or will I have to take a similar class here?
The University of Memphis participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College
Entrance Examination Board. To be eligible for credit, students must score a 3, 4,
or 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement Tests. To see what credit you may be granted,
refer to the Advanced Placement Table of the Admissions Office.
I think I have already mastered the content of a particular course. Can I get credit
by examination instead of taking the course?
We do offer credit by examination, but you must be already enrolled at The University
of Memphis and have a GPA of at least 2.0 before you can take such examinations.
If I already have credit hours in History from another school, can I apply them toward
your B.A. degree?
Yes. But regardless of how many hours you transfer, you must earn at least 6 hours
in History credits here.
I can’t take classes on your campus. Do you offer any alternatives?
Yes. Many of our undergraduate courses are taught at satellite campuses. Consult our
list of current classes and search for off-campus classes in the Registrar’s schedule of classes for the current or upcoming semesters.
Our Online Bachelor of Arts in History Program is ideal for you (get a brochure about this program (pdf)). You will be able to get your degree without necessarily setting foot on campus
(of course, you may combine its offerings with on-campus classes, too).
Some of your courses may be available, depending on current schedules, through the
Regents Online Degree Programs.
You may even take some courses through Study Abroad. For many years, Dr Dennis Laumann has taken a group of students to Ghana in the
Ghana Study Abroad Program, which gives academic credit as well as cultural experience. From time to time, other
courses are arranged, such as the one that Dr Laumann and Dr Daniel Unowsky conducted
during the summer of 2009 in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic in connection
with a study of genocide.
May I take Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP) courses?
Although Regents courses are designed for students in the Regents Online Degree Programs, students at The University of Memphis are allowed to take them, and many can be
used to satisfy the University's General Education requirements and College of Arts
and Sciences requirements. You should consult with your advisor before enrolling in
any Regents courses.
What are your faculty members like?
The Department of History at The University of Memphis can give you good training.
We have more than two dozen well-trained scholars with expertise in most time periods,
regions of the world, and subject matter. All our full-time faculty members hold a
doctorate degree. Some of your classes may be taught by teaching assistants or part-time
instructors. All of our teaching assistants and part-time instructors are required
to hold a master’s degree; many of our part-time instructors hold a doctorate degree.
Read about our faculty.
What student organizations do you have?
You will be associated with fine students. Both undergraduates and graduate students
may join the Epsilon Nu chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honorary organization
for history. Undergraduates may become members upon achieving a GPA of at least 3.1
for at least 12 hours of history (you need not be a History major, therefore) and
an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Anyone is welcome to attend its pizza lunches, which
are held several times a semester to hear presentations on historical subjects.
I have lots of questions that aren’t in this FAQ. Where can I find answers?
The links on our page for undergraduate students may be all you need. Be sure to look at our brochure about the B.A. program (pdf) and our brochure about the Online B.A. program (pdf). If you still have questions, send an e-mail message to Dr Walter R. Brown, the Undergraduate Coordinator — he will be glad to help you.