Major Transfer Guide for History

Degree: Bachelor of Arts             

The Department Website provides information about major and minor options and requirements, the major declaration process, departmental advising contact information, and more. If you have specific questions about the major, you can contact the departmental advising office.

Recommendations from the Major Department

Courses to prepare for the major

There is no specific course that students are required to take to prepare for the History major. If you are considering a major in History, you are encouraged to take introductory history courses to explore your interests. These courses provide a useful background for future courses. Up to three 1xxx-level courses can count towards the History major requirements. 

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.

See the catalog for all courses in the major.

Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses.

Requirements to declare the major

In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation. 

To declare a major in History, students must meet with the History departmental advisor or the History peer advisor.  

While there is no specific course that must be completed in order to declare the History major, it is recommended that students take a History course prior to declaring as a way to explore their interest. 

We recommend that you meet with the History advising staff during your first semester in CLA to discuss your interests and the declaration process.  This meeting allows the departmental advising staff to tell you about the opportunities within the major, which include internships, research, and scholarships, as well as to help you stay on track in the major.

Limits on the use of transfer credits towards the major

Lower division coursework – The History major allows up to three 1xxx-level courses to count towards the 11 courses required in the major. Approved 2xxx-level transfer courses may also count towards the three lower-level electives. 

Major residency requirement – The History major requires a minimum of six major courses be completed in the UMTC History department.  

Many institutions use 2xxx-level courses as a bridge between introductory and upper division courses. The department must evaluate 2xxx-level courses to determine if the courses can count as an upper-level credit. These evaluations are done on a case-by-case. The department cannot always count these courses as upper division credit, so students are advised to consult with transfer and departmental advisors ahead of time if they are seeking upper division credits in History before transferring.

Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major.  If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required.

Additional information and recommendations

If you are planning to transfer to CLA for History and you are attending a community college or other two-year institution, keep in mind the limit on 1xxx-level courses in the major. We recommend that you limit the number of 1xxx-level History courses that you take prior to transferring, and use your time at the community college to work on your second language coursework and other degree requirements. Be sure to talk with a CLA transfer advisor about any questions you have about completing the CLA Second Language requirement.

History at UMTC is flexible and self-directed, with careful individual guidance from advisors and professors. You will choose a pathway through the study of the past that most suits your pre-existing interests and reveals new ones. When you arrive, we will encourage you to take HIST 3020, that will introduce you to how we make new historical knowledge and give you the skills to apply to the rest of your coursework here. At the end, we will guide you through producing a capstone project.

History works very well in combination with majors or minors in many other disciplines. A History major is well paired with the study of Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Global Studies, Journalism, Education, Math, and foreign languages. These are only some of the many interesting options available, so make sure to explore.

If you are interested in pursuing a teaching licensure in Social Studies Education, make sure to check out the prerequisites for your intended program so that you can plan your History major and other courses.