This is an exciting time to be studying history. The transition to the 21st century has prompted intense questioning about the past, the future, and the nature of change. Many old certainties and conventional wisdoms have been challenged, and America’s role in an increasingly complex and contentious world demands that we, as citizens, acquire the skills that will allow us to analyze and comprehend that world.
This is precisely what the study of history—of human experience contextualized temporally, culturally, politically, and geographically—is designed to do. The History Department at Washington University offers you the opportunity to examine human experience across time and in a wide variety of cultural, political, regional, and social contexts. The curriculum is global in scope, and students are encouraged to sample courses across time and space while achieving depth of knowledge in selected areas.
Through the major in history, you also can develop important analytic skills used in law, business, communications, and other professions. These skills include the ability to organize and interpret data, to develop logical and convincing arguments, to do research and sift the significant from the insignificant, to read for comprehension, and to write with precision and clarity. Historians aim for a broad understanding of any problem and gain empathy for people in different times, places, and situations.
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to this major include:
Introductory Courses (6 units)
One introductory course chosen from:
One additional introductory course, 100- or 200-level History course.
Advanced Level Courses
At least 18 units of 300- or 400-level courses, to include:
* A transregional course includes more than one of the designated geographic areas. If a student chooses to count a transregional course towards the geographical requirement, at least one of the two other geographical areas must cover a region that is not included in the transregional course. For example, a student who has completed courses in U.S. and Latin American history could not count towards this requirement a transregional course that examines the comparative history of the U.S. and Latin America.
A capstone experience (Research Seminar)
It is highly recommended that, before undertaking the Research Project, students enroll in one or more Research Seminars (which would, in this case, count towards the required 18 units of advanced level courses).
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the History undergraduate degree at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Completed application form
The application form for the History undergraduate degree is available online on the Apply page.
- Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application.
TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
Required Courses (6 units)
One introductory course chosen from the following:
- Western Civilization I (U16 101)
- Western Civilization II (U16 102)
- Introduction to U.S. History (U16 163)
- Introduction to World History (U16 164)
- America to the Civil War (U16 209)
- America from the Civil War (U16 210)
One additional introductory course chosen from any 100 or 200 History course.
Elective Courses (12 units)
- 12 units of 300 or 400 level History courses.
- Download the degree program worksheet to help determine which classes are required for your course of study. If you have been admitted, you can check your progress through WUachieve.
- Download the Transcript Release Form.
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