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Bachelor of Arts in History

Program Coordinator

Alice Lloyd College Social Science Divison

2016-17 Curriculum Guide Sheet | 2017-18 Curriculum Guide Sheet | 2018-19 Curriculum Guide Sheet | 2019-20 Curriculum Guide Sheet 

Course Descriptions

The major in History covers a broad spectrum of study, including American, European and non-western cultures. Completion of this major prepares students to seek admission to law school, graduate studies and governmental services.  

The mission of the History Department is to engage students in the pursuit of knowledge while preparing them for a wide variety of careers. The faculty believes that asking questions and seeking knowledge, either for practical reasons or out of curiosity, is one of the most worthy of all pursuits.

History, by appraising … [the students] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future. – Thomas Jefferson

History majors can go on to a wide range of careers, including teaching, museum curators, archival work, journalism, local, state, and federal government, and political careers. Students with history majors also often choose to continue their education through law school or by earning advanced degrees in historical studies. A history major will help you explore and understand issues facing people in the past, present, and future.

Opportunities for History Majors at ALC

The History Department at Alice Lloyd College strives to give their students hands-on learning experiences. Each spring, students chosen by the department attend Legislative Day in Frankfort, KY, an event designated for Kentucky’s private colleges. The department also provides opportunities to study abroad. In 2006, for example, Dr. Paul Beasley took a small group of selected juniors on an educational trip to Germany. The History Department also takes trips to to visit Civil War battlefields and other locations relevant to the topics they are studying. Alice Lloyd’s History Department can also open the door for internship positions across the country and abroad, with frequent applications and opportunities being posted.

General Education Requirements / 54 hours

Students should become familiar with the requirements for their individual programs and work with their advisors to ensure that all degree requirements will be met. A guide sheet is extremely helpful in academic planning. Students wishing to major in History can access a downloadable version (pdf) of the guide sheet at the top of this page, or he or she may obtain one from his or her Faculty Advisor or from the Registrar. The student has the ultimate responsibility for seeing that all academic requirements are being met.

Institutional – 18 hours: CIS 110, COMM 126, ENG 101, ENG 102, LE 101, PE 103
Humanities: 12 hours
Social Science: 12 hours
Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 12 hours

History Requirements / 36 hours

HIST 101, 102, 203, 204, 321, 322, 488
Choose 3 hours from HIST 310, HIST/POLS 311, 460, 461, and 464.
Choose 9 hours from HIST 261, 331, 332, and 333.
Choose 3 hours from the following, if not chosen previously: HIST 460-469.

Social Science Collateral Requirements / 15 hours

Required: SSCI 110
Choose four courses from ECON 209, ECON 210, POLS 111, POLS 112, SOC 101, 102, or 211, SSCI 310.

Other Collateral Requirements / 6 hours

Two courses in the same foreign language.

General Electives / sufficient to total 128 hours for graduation

Students are encouraged to consider courses that can lead to a second major or minor.

History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future. – Robert Penn Warren

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year First Semester:

ENG 101
CIS 110
HIST 101 or 203
Humanities Elective
A Physical Science

Freshman Year Second Semester:

ENG 102
PE 103
HIST 102 or 204
BIOL 101
MATH 110, 112, or 113

Sophomore Year First Semester:

LE 101
HIST 101 or 203
COMM 126
Foreign Language
Humanities Elective
General Elective

Sophomore Year Second Semester:

Foreign Language
HIST 102 or 204
General Elective
General Elective
Humanities Elective
General Elective

Junior Year First Semester:

HIST 310, 311, 460, or 464
General Elective
HIST 321
Social Science Collateral
Social Science Collateral

Junior Year Second Semester:

*American History Elective
SOC 102
HIST 322
Social Science Collateral
Social Science Collateral

Senior Year First Semester:

*American History Elective
HIST 300-400 Level
General Elective
Humanities Elective
General Elective

Senior Year Second Semester:

HIST 488
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective

*American History Elective to be chosen from HIST 331, 332, 333.

History majors are strongly encouraged to work closely with their advisors in the selection of appropriate electives.

History Classes Offered at ALC

  • United States History to 1877
  • United States History Since 1877
  • American Colonial and Revolutionary History
  • History of the Old South
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 19th Century America
  • 20th Century American History
  • Kentucky History
  • History of World Civilization I and II
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe Since 1789
  • World War II
  • History of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Asian History
  • History of the Middle East
  • History of Latin America
  • Senior Writing Seminar
This online information is the official text of the Alice Lloyd College Program Catalog 2016-18 and the Department of History Brochure. The College reserves the right to change at any time any of the provisions, statements, policies, curricula, procedures, regulations or fees. Other publications supplement the Program Catalog and may be obtained from the appropriate office of the College. The provisions of these publications constitute an agreement – but not an irrevocable contract – between the student and the College.