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History is the study of the human experience in all times and places. Historians believe only by examining the past can we understand the present and prepare for the future. In this endeavor, they discover, record, and preserve the history of the world. History majors learn to think analytically and logically, respect facts as necessary components of a good argument, and value competing interpretations. Research is a vital part of the major. History majors learn the truth of President Harry Truman's statement. "The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know." Their research requires the latest computer facilities, the ability to write clear, well-documented prose and, most of all, the desire to learn what makes humanity tick.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Online
  • UA Pima
  • UA Sierra Vista

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
First Semester Second Language 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Mathematics Foundation Composition 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
Second Semester Second Language 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
HIST 301 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
HIST - Area Studies Course 3
HIST - Area Studies Course 3
Minor 3
5th Semester
HIST - Area Studies Course 3
HIST - Area Studies Course 3
HIST - Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
6th Semester
HIST - Area Studies Course 3
HIST - Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
7th Semester
HIST 498 - Capstone 4
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
8th Semester
HIST - Area Studies Course 3
HIST - Elective 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The History major combines research and communication skills with the study of U.S. and world histories, including coursework in cultural, political, and environmental historical perspectives. Graduates will be prepared to work as educators, researchers, contract historians, or preservationists for employers as varied as schools, museums, political campaigns, cultural centers, and tourism sites. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in history, cultural studies, law, or English.History, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Education
  • Program coordination
  • Curriculum design
  • Cultural promotion
  • Curating
  • Archiving
  • Historical preservation

Sample Employers

  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums
  • Research institutes
  • Historical sites
  • Tour companies
  • Archival libraries
  • Legislators
  • Park services

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Historian $40,500 - $57,500
High School History Teacher $35,000 - $53,200
Middle School History Teacher $35,000 - $52,000
Legislative Assistant $25,000 - $50,000
National Park Service Employee $27,431 - $33,979
Tour Guide $16,500 - $23,300
Archivist $26,600 - $45,020
Research Associate $21,000 - $61,000
Historical Interpreter $18,026 - $31,500
Museum Education Director $18,000 - $45,790
Aviation Museum Curator $20,000 - $66,000
Curatorial Assistant $12,000 - $20,000
Historic Preservationist $25,670 - $54,530