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¿Qué aprenderé?

The history bachelor's degree program introduces students to history broadly, requiring study of ancient, medieval, and modern histories in several geographic contexts before expecting students to specialize. The BA program's diverse course formats-lectures, seminars, and discussions-facilitate student engagement. Students earning their history BA have the opportunity to work closely with faculty experts who specialize in the history of women, the Holocaust, colonial America, the immigrant experience, East Asia, and many other areas of expertise.

The history BA degree program prepares students for careers in business, government, public interest fields, journalism, and other professions. Because training in history emphasizes research, writing, and intellectual problem-solving, graduates can pursue a wide array of careers and some go on to graduate or law school.


  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline


  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above the 300-level
  • At least 20 of the 39 credit hours for the major must be taken in residence at American University
  • The department recommends that before enrolling in a course at or above the 300-level, students should complete a suitable introductory course or attain equivalent knowledge


Required (6-9 credit hours)

  • HIST-399 Conversations in History (3)
  • HIST-480 Senior Thesis in History I (3) and
  • HIST-481 Senior Thesis in History II (3)
  • HIST-482 Research Seminar (3)

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of Arts and Sciences

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (120 horas de crédito)

Costos de estudio
US$54.354,00 por año
Aplicaciones hasta

Esperado July 2023

Fecha de inicio

Esperado Agosto 2023


College of Arts and Sciences

4400 Massachusetts Avenue,


District Of Columbia,

20016, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes internacionales

Applicants must have successful graduation of year 12 and completion of college preparatory curriculum with a Grade Point Average of 3.0

AU requires strong English language skills. All freshmen applicants (including U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents) can prove English proficiency by one of the following:

Internet based test (iBT) score of 85 or higher. Sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL must be 20 or higher. To be considered competitive, a 90 TOEFL iBT score or above is recommended, with each sub-score 20 or above.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Composite score of 6.5 or higher. Sub-scores for each section of the IELTS must be 6.0 or higher

Duolingo English Test score of 115 or higher. Each sub-score must be 105 or higher.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 60 or higher


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