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History (BA)


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2020

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/History, Politics, International Relations and Religious Studies Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the history major, students will:

  • Be familiar with the outlines of the history of the modern world, i.e. since 1500.
  • Be familiar in some depth with the history of one geographic area or historical epoch.
  • Be able to make historical arguments using concrete illustrations and examples

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

  • 36 required credit hours within the History, Politics, International Relations and Religious Studies Department
  • 27 of the required credit hours must be in history courses
  • 3 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

All courses fulfilling the history major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. 

At least 18 credit hours within the major must be completed at Webster University.

International Language Requirement

  • A minimum of 3 credit hours in a foreign language is required. Courses used toward the international language requirement may also be used to fulfill global citizenship requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language.
  • Transfer students who have completed their 3 credit hours at an institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled the requirement, as are students who have scored a "3" or higher on an Advanced Placement exam in a non-native language.
  • For students whose native language is not English, a passing grade on the TOEFL will count as their foreign language requirement. Students who are from bilingual families but have no evidence of academic study of the second language on a transcript will need to take one course.


The 36 credit hours required for history majors include:

  • HIST 1000 The World System since 1500 (3 hours)
  • U.S. history (3 hours)
  • European history (3 hours)
  • History of Asia, Africa or Latin America (3 hours)
  • HIST 2600 The Craft of History (3 hours)
  • HIST 4000 Research Requirement(0 hours)
    (writing of a substantial research paper in accordance with department guidelines and taken in conjunction with a designated upper-level course)
  • HIST 4620 Overview (0 hours)
  • POLT or INTL electives (6 hours)
  • HIST electives (6 hours)
  • Upper-level HIST electives (6 hours)
  • Upper-level elective in HIST, POLT or INTL (3 hours)