Historic photo of the Pyramid of Giza and Sphinx with camels in the foreground.

Bring History to Life

A history major at The W does much more than memorize dates and names. History evolves constantly. The W is unique in that its history classes are small, and cater to the students' specific needs and interests. With a 14-1 student/faculty ratio and class sizes at between 15-25 students, student know their faculty and work with them on an individual basis. History majors get opportunities to conduct independent research projects, complete internships, and study abroad, all potentially with the help of a Peyton scholarship.

History for non-majors: History Minor

Mary Lou Peyton History Scholarships

The Mary Lou Peyton Scholarships provide history students with the resources to enhance their studies at The W through awards for tuition, study abroad, and internships. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to incoming freshmen or transfer students. Awards of up to $10,000 per year help history majors with education-related expenses and are renewable for up to four years. Additionally, awards of up to $5,000 help history students with expenses related to study abroad and internship opportunities.

Peyton History Scholarships

Additional Opportunities

History majors can apply for a Peyton Study Abroad Scholarship to cover the cost of traveling to another country.
History majors can apply for a Peyton Internship Scholarship to help cover the cost of taking an internship anywhere in the nation.

History, BA Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

View General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must include the following courses (or demonstrate equivalent competency) in their academic program:

  • Foreign Language 101-102 8 semester hours
  • Foreign Language 201-202 6 semester hours

To fulfill the language requirement for the B.A., students must complete the 202 level or above in a foreign language. For information on foreign language placement, see the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy section in the Bulletin. If, upon entering the University, a student already has sufficient background to be successful in 201-202, he/she does not need to enroll in 101-102. The requirement is in essence six hours credit at the 200-level or above.

Major Courses

  • HIS 101 - World Civilization to 1600
  • HIS 102 - World Civilization 1600 to present
  • HIS 109 - US History to 1877
  • HIS 110 - US History 1877 to present

HIS 211 - Introduction to Historical Thinking and Research

An introduction to the techniques of historical methodology, and to some of the major literature.

Select two American History elective courses: (6 Semester Hours)

  • HIS 312 - Mississippi History
  • HIS 317 - Sexuality in American History
  • HIS 326 - Women in American History
  • HIS 351 - Colonial America
  • HIS 352 - The American Revolution and Beyond, 1763-1815
  • HIS 360 - Capitalism and Democracy in the Jacksonian Era, 1815-1845
  • HIS 361 - The Civil War and its Causes, 1845-1865
  • HIS 363 - Origins of Modern America, 1870-1920
  • HIS 365 - America Since 1940
  • HIS 366 - Topics in Political History in 20th Century America
  • HIS 371 - Movies and American Society
  • HIS 372 - African-American Experience in US Society
  • HIS 395 - American Constitutional Law
  • HIS 405 - History of Religion in America
  • HIS 441 - Everyday Life in America
  • HIS 454 - History of the South

Select two European History elective courses: (6 Semester Hours)

  • HIS 316 - Stones, Punks, and Roses: A Cultural History of Modern Britain
  • HIS 320 - The Graeco-Roman World
  • HIS 324 - Women in European History: From Antiquity to the Age of the French Revolution
  • HIS 328 - Rise of Christianity and the Fall of Rome 200-1000
  • HIS 329 - Kingdoms and Christianity: Medieval Europe 1000-1500
  • HIS 331 - Medieval Christianity
  • HIS 333 - History of Food and Culture in Europe
  • HIS 335 - Renaissance, Reformation, and Revolution
  • HIS 340 - European Conquest and Exploration
  • HIS 345 - The Struggle for Modernity: Europe in the Long 19th Century
  • HIS 350 - Crisis and Union: Europe Since 1914

Select one Global History elective course: (3 Semester Hours)

  • HIS 300 - Genocide Studies
  • HIS 303 - The World Wars and the Holocaust
  • HIS 305 - The African Continent
  • HIS 325 - The Byzantine Empire
  • HIS 327 - The Rise of Islam: The Medieval Middle East
  • HIS 342 - History of Global Epidemics
  • HIS 358 - Revolution, Drugs, and Development: Perception and Reality in Latin America
  • HIS 381 - U.S. as a World Power to 1898
  • HIS 382 - U.S. as a World Power Since 1898
  • HIS 422 - Socialism and Communism in the Modern Era

Select three additional History elective courses any field: (9 Semester Hours)


HIS 499 - History Capstone

A study of the use and abuse of history and historical evidence in a broad perspective, using material which majors have produced in their past coursework, as represented by portfolios of the work.  This course requires students to engage in primary and secondary source analysis, archival research, and the completion of an article-length paper.

Total Hours Required for a BA in History: 124 Semester Hours