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The history undergraduate programs expose students to a range of historical issues and problems, and develops the fundamental skills necessary to the practice of the historian’s craft. It allows a level of specialization that promotes an appreciation of the complexity of human affairs and the difficulties involved in their interpretation.

The programs and courses in history at The University of Tulsa are an essential part of the humanities-based Tulsa Curriculum. Courses in history are taught in the General Curriculum under the rubric of Historical and Social Interpretation.

Members of the history faculty regularly offer First Seminars and Senior Seminars. History is a major component within the certificate programs offered in African American Studies, Classical Studies, International Studies, Legal Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Museum Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Program Objectives

The History Department aspires to train each of its graduates to acquire the following skills:

  1. Historical Comprehension
    • Analyze the literal and contextual significance of a historical passage.
    • Identify the central questions in historical narratives.
    • Articulate historical perspectives.
  2. Historical Analysis and Interpretation
    • Compare and contrast opposed and/or multiple sets of ideas, interpretations, values, personalities, behaviors and/or institutions.
    • Assess competing historical narratives.
    • Hypothesize the impacts and significance of past events.
  3. Historical Research Capabilities
    • Articulate historical questions.
    • Acquire and evaluate historical data.
    • Compose a sound historical interpretation and argument.
Degree Options

History, B.A.

Challenges the intellect, inspires the imagination, and stimulates analytical thinking and provides a valuable background for students considering a variety of careers.

History Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about history are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

African American Studies Minor

Students interested in understanding of the ways in which Africans and African Americans have shaped the history and culture of the Americas can add this minor.

Classical Studies Certificate

Designed for the traditional and non-traditional student who wants to acquire a solid foundation in classical (Greco-Roman) civilization.

History, Accelerated Master’s

Highly motivated students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

Typical Four Year Schedule

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and ArgumentationFirst Seminar
History Elective (2000 level)Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)
First Year College ExperienceForeign Language*
Foreign Language*Block I: Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Expression
Block I: Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative ExpressionBlock III: Scientific Investigation (+ lab)
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
History Colloquium (3903)History Elective (2000 level)
History Elective (2000 level)History Elective (3000 level)
Foreign Language*Foreign Language*
Block II: Historical & Social InterpretationBlock II: Historical & Social Interpretation
Minor Core (2000 level)Block III: Scientific Investigation
Liberal Arts & Preparation for Life after Graduation
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
History Elective (3000 level +)History Elective (3000 level +)
History Elective (3000 level +)Minor Elective (3000 level +)
Block II: Historical & Social InterpretationGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
Minor Core (2000 level)General Elective
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
History Elective (3000 level +)Senior Project (4993)
History Elective (4000 level)General Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
Minor ElectiveGeneral Elective

*May be substituted for another elective and depends on entrance tests