Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in History

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in History

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in History, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and connect the ways that people, ideas, and technologies have circulated across the range of geographic regions and historical periods.
  2. Apply historical questions to concrete cases and demonstrate analytical skills through the use of historical evidence, rigorous logic, and persuasive argument.
  3. Exhibit a solid understanding of historical methodologies and research skills, including the careful and creative use of primary and secondary sources that are read critically and weighed carefully as historical evidence.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the scholarly literature on a given research topic and identify the position of their research within that literature.
  5. Exhibit mastery in writing persuasive and analytical prose following the conventions of the discipline.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in History

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in History must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) at Rice.
  • A minimum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from departmental course offerings of 400-level seminars.
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

Some foreign language proficiency is desirable and the department highly recommends that students contemplating graduate work in history study at least one foreign language in some depth.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in History30
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in History120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Select at least 1 course from at least 4 of the 5 following fields (see below for course lists):12
Premodern
Europe
United States
Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East
Transnational, Comparative, World
Seminar
Select 2 courses from departmental (HIST) course offerings. 16
Elective Requirements
Select 4 additional courses from departmental (HIST) course offerings. 212
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in History30
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Core Requirements

Of the 10 required courses to satisfy the History major requirements, a minimum of 6 courses total (18 credit hours) must be completed at the 300-level or above.

Premodern Courses  

FSEM 151 / HIST 151THE HERO AND HIS COMPANION FROM GILGAMESH TO SAM SPADE3
HIST 120 / MDEM 120MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 186HISTORICAL SURVEY OF JEWISH CIVILIZATION FROM ITS ORIGINS TO THE PRESENT3
HIST 190OCEANS IN WORLD HISTORY3
HIST 200ANCIENT EMPIRES: ORIGINS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 201 / RELI 203JUDAISM OF JESUS AND HILLEL3
HIST 205 / MDEM 205MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN WORLD3
HIST 231INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY: NORTH, WEST, AND CENTRAL AFRICA: EARLY TIMES TO PRESENT3
HIST 232INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY: EAST, CENTRAL, AND SOUTHERN AFRICA, EARLY TIMES TO PRESENT3
HIST 271HISTORY OF SOUTH ASIA3
HIST 281 / MDEM 281THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO SULAYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT3
HIST 302TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURE3
HIST 307IMPERIAL ROME FROM CAESAR TO DIOCLETIAN3
HIST 308 / MDEM 308THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY3
HIST 316 / CLAS 318THE INVENTION OF PAGANISM IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE3
HIST 320IMPERIAL GARDENS: A CULTURAL COMPARISON3
HIST 324 / MDEM 324COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN3
HIST 327 / MDEM 327MEDIEVAL BORDERLANDS3
HIST 341PRE-MODERN CHINA3
HIST 345 / MDEM 345RENAISSANCE EUROPE3
HIST 357 / MDEM 357JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE3
HIST 361HISTORY OF PREMODERN BRITAIN: TUDORS AND STUARTS, 1485 - 17073
HIST 381 / RELI 385GOD, TIME AND HISTORY3
HIST 382CULTURAL TRENDS IN MEDIEVAL ISLAM, 750-14003
HIST 401THE AGE OF ATTILA THE HUN3
HIST 434ISLAM AND THE WEST3
HIST 436AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 439COMPARATIVE SLAVERY FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT: AFRICA, ASIA, AND EUROPE3
HIST 493EARLY MODERN EMPIRES3
HIST 494MUGHAL HISTORY3

Europe Courses

HIST 101MODERN EUROPE, 1500-17893
HIST 102MODERN EUROPE, 1789-PRESENT3
HIST 120 / MDEM 120MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 144 / FSEM 144THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 190OCEANS IN WORLD HISTORY3
HIST 205 / MDEM 205MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN WORLD3
HIST 225EUROPE SINCE 19453
HIST 256EUROPEAN POLITICS AND SOCIETY, 1890-19453
HIST 324 / MDEM 324COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN3
HIST 327 / MDEM 327MEDIEVAL BORDERLANDS3
HIST 329 / ARCH 329 / HART 329STREETS AND URBAN LIFE: PARIS TO ISTANBUL3
HIST 344EUROPEAN REFORMATIONS3
HIST 352HISTORY OF THE COLD WAR3
HIST 354 / GERM 344GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-18903
HIST 355 / GERM 345FROM DEMOCRACY TO DICTATORSHIP: GERMAN HISTORY, 1890-19453
HIST 356AFTER NAZISM: GERMAN HISTORY, 1945 - PRESENT3
HIST 357 / MDEM 357JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE3
HIST 358HUMANITARIANISM FROM THE 19TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT3
HIST 361HISTORY OF PREMODERN BRITAIN: TUDORS AND STUARTS, 1485 - 17073
HIST 362BRITAIN FROM THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT3
HIST 370EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY: BACON TO HEGEL3
HIST 371HISTORY OF MODERN FRANCE3
HIST 372IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY3
HIST 373SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT IN 19TH CENTURY EUROPE3
HIST 374JEWISH HISTORY, 1500-19483
HIST 375EUROPEAN ROMANTICISM, 1750-18503
HIST 428MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: GLOBAL AND LOCAL3
HIST 429RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE AND IDENTITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 433THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 434ISLAM AND THE WEST3
HIST 439COMPARATIVE SLAVERY FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT: AFRICA, ASIA, AND EUROPE3
HIST 443 / HART 435 / MDEM 435MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-17003
HIST 448WESTERN EUROPEAN WELFARE STATE, 1880-1980: ORIGINS, CONSOLIDATIONS, CRISIS3
HIST 457FOUR MODERN REVOLUTIONS: 1776, 1789, 1917, 19893
HIST 459TOPICS IN MODERN GERMAN HISTORY: NAZISM AND THE HOLOCAUST3
HIST 461THE SECOND WORLD WAR: A POLITICAL HISTORY3

United States Courses 

HIST 111RED, WHITE AND BLACK IN EARLY AMERICA CREATING RACIAL IDENTIES IN THE ERA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION3
HIST 117EARLY AMERICA3
HIST 118THE UNITED STATES, 1848 TO THE PRESENT3
HIST 144 / FSEM 144THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 190OCEANS IN WORLD HISTORY3
HIST 215BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS3
HIST 216BLACK LIFE IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY UNITED STATES3
HIST 241 / SWGS 234U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY I: COLONIAL BEGINNINGS TO THE CIVIL WAR3
HIST 242 / SWGS 235U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY II: CIVIL WAR TO THE PRESENT3
HIST 246AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ERA3
HIST 266SLAVERY AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS3
HIST 268MODERN SLAVERY3
HIST 29120TH CENTURY AMERICAN PRESIDENTS3
HIST 295THE AMERICAN SOUTH3
HIST 315BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS3
HIST 318DIGITAL HISTORY METHODS3
HIST 321US ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY3
HIST 330ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA3
HIST 347BLACK AMERICA: FROM NADIR THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION3
HIST 350AMERICA, 1900-19403
HIST 351AMERICA SINCE 19453
HIST 352HISTORY OF THE COLD WAR3
HIST 380 / ASIA 380ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCES3
HIST 386CARTER, REAGAN, AND THE END OF THE COLD WAR3
HIST 387THE UNITED STATES IN THE WORLD: AGE OF EMPIRE AND REVOLUTION3
HIST 395THE AMERICAN SOUTH3
HIST 398 / SWGS 398THE TEN MOST IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT DECISIONS IN U.S. HISTORY3
HIST 411SLAVE REBELLIONS IN THE AMERICAS3
HIST 421RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH3
HIST 422TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF RICE UNIVERSITY3
HIST 423AMERICAN RADICALS AND REFORMERS3
HIST 42520TH CENTURY AMERICAN CONSERVATION MOVEMENT3
HIST 427HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1954 TO THE PRESENT3
HIST 428MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: GLOBAL AND LOCAL3
HIST 433THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 434ISLAM AND THE WEST3

Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East Courses 

HIST 144 / FSEM 144THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 190OCEANS IN WORLD HISTORY3
HIST 205 / MDEM 205MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN WORLD3
HIST 206 / ASIA 211 / HART 211INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 214CARIBBEAN NATION BUILDING3
HIST 215BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS3
HIST 218 / ASIA 218 / FILM 218HISTORY THROUGH FILM IN EAST AND NORTHEAST ASIA3
HIST 226COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICA3
HIST 227LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS3
HIST 229HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA3
HIST 231INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY: NORTH, WEST, AND CENTRAL AFRICA: EARLY TIMES TO PRESENT3
HIST 232INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY: EAST, CENTRAL, AND SOUTHERN AFRICA, EARLY TIMES TO PRESENT3
HIST 251 / LASR 251CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY3
HIST 266SLAVERY AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS3
HIST 268MODERN SLAVERY3
HIST 271HISTORY OF SOUTH ASIA3
HIST 279THE CARIBBEAN IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTION, 1770-18203
HIST 281 / MDEM 281THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO SULAYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT3
HIST 302TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURE3
HIST 314CARIBBEAN NATION BUILDING3
HIST 315BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS3
HIST 328POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA3
HIST 329 / ARCH 329 / HART 329STREETS AND URBAN LIFE: PARIS TO ISTANBUL3
HIST 330ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA3
HIST 334AFRICAN VOICES, AFRICAN HISTORIES: TOPICS IN ORAL AND WRITTEN LITERATURE AS HISTORICAL SOURCE3
HIST 335CARIBBEAN HISTORY TO 18383
HIST 336CARIBBEAN HISTORY 1838 TO PRESENT3
HIST 338 / SWGS 33819TH CENTURY WOMEN'S NARRATIVES3
HIST 341PRE-MODERN CHINA3
HIST 342MODERN CHINA3
HIST 352HISTORY OF THE COLD WAR3
HIST 366 / ARCH 366RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY3
HIST 376NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE CARIBBEAN3
HIST 378MODERN ARAB HISTORY3
HIST 379THE CARIBBEAN IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTION, 1770-18203
HIST 384 / ASIA 328 / SWGS 384MODERN GIRL AND ASIA IN THE WORLD3
HIST 389 / ASIA 389MIGRATIONS AND DIASPORAS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN WORLD3
HIST 402CHINESE WOMEN THROUGH TIME3
HIST 411SLAVE REBELLIONS IN THE AMERICAS3
HIST 424RAJ AND RESISTANCE3
HIST 428MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: GLOBAL AND LOCAL3
HIST 429RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE AND IDENTITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 433THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 434ISLAM AND THE WEST3
HIST 436AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 439COMPARATIVE SLAVERY FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT: AFRICA, ASIA, AND EUROPE3
HIST 478TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY3
HIST 490 / ASIA 490COLONIAL MODERNITY IN EAST ASIA3
HIST 492 / ASIA 492 / SWGS 492GENDER HISTORIES OF MODERN CHINA3
HIST 493EARLY MODERN EMPIRES3
HIST 494MUGHAL HISTORY3
HIST 495COMPARATIVE MODERNIZATION OF CHINA AND JAPAN3
HIST 496A TURBULENT TIME: THE WORLD OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION3

Transnational, Comparative, World Courses 

HIST 108WORLD HISTORY SINCE 14923
HIST 120 / MDEM 120MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 144 / FSEM 144THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 188THE ATLANTIC WORLD: ORIGINS TO THE AGE OF REVOLUTION3
HIST 190OCEANS IN WORLD HISTORY3
HIST 200ANCIENT EMPIRES: ORIGINS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 204THE IDEA OF AFRICA3
HIST 205 / MDEM 205MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN WORLD3
HIST 218 / ASIA 218 / FILM 218HISTORY THROUGH FILM IN EAST AND NORTHEAST ASIA3
HIST 226COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICA3
HIST 227LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS3
HIST 268MODERN SLAVERY3
HIST 271HISTORY OF SOUTH ASIA3
HIST 302TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURE3
HIST 307IMPERIAL ROME FROM CAESAR TO DIOCLETIAN3
HIST 308 / MDEM 308THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY3
HIST 320IMPERIAL GARDENS: A CULTURAL COMPARISON3
HIST 327 / MDEM 327MEDIEVAL BORDERLANDS3
HIST 340 / SWGS 345HISTORY OF FEMINISM3
HIST 357 / MDEM 357JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE3
HIST 358HUMANITARIANISM FROM THE 19TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT3
HIST 372IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY3
HIST 378MODERN ARAB HISTORY3
HIST 381 / RELI 385GOD, TIME AND HISTORY3
HIST 384 / ASIA 328 / SWGS 384MODERN GIRL AND ASIA IN THE WORLD3
HIST 387THE UNITED STATES IN THE WORLD: AGE OF EMPIRE AND REVOLUTION3
HIST 389 / ASIA 389MIGRATIONS AND DIASPORAS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN WORLD3
HIST 411SLAVE REBELLIONS IN THE AMERICAS3
HIST 424RAJ AND RESISTANCE3
HIST 428MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: GLOBAL AND LOCAL3
HIST 429RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE AND IDENTITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 433THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 436AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 439COMPARATIVE SLAVERY FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT: AFRICA, ASIA, AND EUROPE3
HIST 455HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS3
HIST 457FOUR MODERN REVOLUTIONS: 1776, 1789, 1917, 19893
HIST 493EARLY MODERN EMPIRES3
HIST 494MUGHAL HISTORY3
HIST 495COMPARATIVE MODERNIZATION OF CHINA AND JAPAN3

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in History 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in History should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 4 courses (12 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the major.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.
  • Courses taken at another university must be equivalent in required reading, writing, research and testing, as well as classroom hours, of a Rice history course. Regarding subject matter, however, there does not have to be an equivalent course in the Rice history course offerings, unless the student requires distribution credit. 
  • Rice students planning to study at a foreign university must also obtain pre-approval from the Rice Study Abroad Office.
  • AP, IB or A-level credit (and the corresponding Rice transfer credit) may not be used to satisfy any requirements for the history major (even though a student may be able to use the articulated credit hours toward general university requirements). 

For additional information, please see the History website: http://history.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in History

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Departmental Honors Program in History

Qualified undergraduates may enroll for 6 semester credit hours of directed honors research and writing, completing an honors thesis in their senior year (these 6 credit hours are in addition to the 30 hours required for the major). Accepted students enroll in HIST 403 for 3 credits in the Fall of their senior year and in HIST 404 for 3 credits in the Spring of their senior year. Application to the program is required. For current procedures, see the department website. Financial assistance is available to conduct related research during the summer between the junior and senior year for all students accepted into the Honors Program.

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.