Academic Catalog

History, Bachelor of Arts

General Education Courses
I. Communication
Select two of the following:6
Composition I
Composition II
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3-4
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Elements of Discrete Mathematics
Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic and/ or Natural Science:
Select any Natural Sciences course/s listed above or:3-4
Foundations of Human Physiology
and Foundations of Human Physiology Laboratory
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
Select any Mathematics course listed above or:3-4
Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric
Deductive Logic
Elementary Statistics
Psychological Statistics
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Fine Arts, Humanities and/or History:
Select one of the following:3
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Business Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Masterpieces of World Literature
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
African American Literature
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 13
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory German II
Introductory Spanish I
Introductory Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish
or placement in a 102 or higher level language course
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
POLI U101American National Government3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
General Ed. Electives:
Select any approved general education course or courses0-3
Major Requirements 1,2
HIST U300Introduction to Historical Studies 33
History courses numbered 301-499
At least one course must be taken in each of the following areas: 21
Regional Distributions
United States
History courses numbered U301-U325, U390-U392
Independent Study 4
Topics in History 4
Topics in United States History 4
Topics in African-American History 4
Topics in Women's History 4
History Internship 4
History courses numbered U330, U332-U334, U338-U343, U347-U349, U353-U356, U390-U391
Independent Study 4
Topics in History 4
Topics in European History 4
Topics in Women's History 4
History Internship 4
History courses numbered U313, U360-U361, U370-U375, U378, U380-U381
Independent Study 4
Topics in History 4
Topics in Non-Western History 4
Topics in Women's History 4
History Internship 4
Diverse or Marginalized People 50-3
History courses numbered U310-U311, U318, U324-U325, U360-U361, U380-U381, U390-U391
Independent Study 6
Topics in History 6
Topics in United States History 6
Topics in African-American History 6
Topics in Women's History 6
History Internship 6
HIST U500Senior Seminar3
Elective Course Options9-12
Courses numbered U301-499 5
Cognate or Minor 1
History majors may select a cognate (12 hours) or a minor (18-21 hours) in consultation with their advisor12-21
Supporting Courses
HIST U101Introduction to World History I 13
102-level foreign language3
HIST U105History of the United States to 1877 13
HIST U106History of the United States from 1865 13
One course selected from: American literature; American Studies; Art; English literature, linguistics, or literary theory; history; literature in a foreign language; music; philosophy; religion; speech, theatre; world literature3
Select 11-23 credits11-23
Total Hours120

A minimum grade of C is required in all major, cognate or minor courses, and designated supporting courses.


Fifteen credit hours of history, including senior seminar, applied toward graduation must be awarded by USC Upstate.


History majors must complete HIST U300 Introduction to Historical Studies with a minimum grade of C and complete a total of 12 hours of upper level courses with a grade of C or better prior to enrolling in HIST U500 Senior Seminar.


Course content must match region.


One three-credit course in DEI is required. Completion of a course that satisfies both a Regional and the DEI requirement provides an extra Elective Course Option (12 credits instead of 9).


Subject matter must focus on diverse or marginalized people.