History Undergraduate Programs - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

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, 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.

  • 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