BA in History


Earn a Bachelor of Arts in History At USCB

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The University of South Carolina Beaufort’s BA in History leads students through in-depth analysis of social, economic, cultural, intellectual and political patterns and events of the past. You’ll develop an understanding of and appreciation for cultures, institutions and civilizations.

Our faculty will lead you on an exploration of the age-old questions “Who are we, and how did we get here?” You will learn how to situate yourself in the long arc of human experience and how to find meaning in the past. Learn more about coursework for a BA in History by reading our program of study.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

History in Action 

USCB History major Samantha Mischke explains the Beaufort Arsenal’s unusual architecture. She’s a tour guide for Sea Island Carriage Tours.

Minor in History at USCB

Students who are majoring in other disciplines may choose to minor in History. The required courses to complete a minor in History are:

21 hours of 300+ level history credit split along the following lines: Two courses in European History, pre- and post-1660, Two courses in American History (pre- and post-1860), one non-Western course (any period), and two additional courses numbered 300 or above.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor before declaring a minor. 

Altamaha Town Heritage Preserve history students gatheredDr. James Shinn's class visited the Altamaha Town Heritage Preserve in Okatie, the site of one of the primary settlements of the Yamasee. This Native American nation played an important role in the Lowcountry's history in the late 1600s and early 1700s.

Minor in Intellectual History at USCB

Students who are majoring in other disciplines may choose to minor in Intellectual History. The required courses to complete a minor in Intellectual History are:

  • IDST B297 (3 credits)
  • ENGL B290 or HIST B345 or PHIL B212 (3 credits)
  • IDST B497 (3 credits)
  • 2 courses from one of the following groups, plus 2 courses in separate groups (12 credits): 
    • PHIL B201, RELG B203, ENGL B395
    • ARTH B315, ENGL B380, ENGL B401
    • ARTH B320, ENGL B381, HIST B420 (may not be taken for minor credit if used as major credit in History)
    • ENGL B382, ENGL B383, ENGL B384, FREN 400 (for students concentrating on French studies), PHIL B202, ARTH B335, ENGL B385, ENGL B386, HIST B421 (may not be taken for minor credit if used as major credit in History or Spanish), PHIL B301 

Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor before declaring a minor. 

Sierra Watkins
“I chose to come to USCB because I knew that I would be able to gain personal relationships with my professors and advisors and because of the location. One of the best aspects of the History program at USCB is that one of the campuses is in Beaufort, a historic town. This allowed me to gain hands-on experience including working with the National Park Service.”
Sierra Watkins
History Major, Class of 2024