The BA in history looks at the range of human experience: how people have lived in the past, how they live and coexist in the present, and the links between the two. Students learn to interpret the past by examining a variety of original sources: newspapers, letters and diaries, literature, government records, images, films, oral interviews, and more. Majors hone their skills in collecting, interpreting, and communicating information. Majors move on to careers in government, law, and management, as well as teaching and graduate study.

Policies

Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credits within the major with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. Additional credits of history in excess of 36 may be presented as elective credits to be counted toward graduation. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the major.

HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) and HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core) may not be used to satisfy the geographic distribution requirements in U.S. history, European history, and global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. No more than 3 credits of ARTH coursework may apply to the History BA. For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-BA-HIST

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their history program to meet Mason Core and college-level requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor. 

Major without Concentration

HIST 300Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core)3
HIST 499RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core)3
Total Credits6

U.S. History

Select two courses from the following:6
Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)
Postwar United States, 1945-1973
United States since 1973
The Automobile in the United States
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present
Race and Gender in American Sports
History of College Athletics
History of Baseball
Basketball and the American Experience
History of Sport in the United States
History of the Olympics and the United States
U.S. Women's History
History of the Old South
The South since 1865
War and American Society
The Civil War and Reconstruction
The Vietnam War
History of Aviation
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film
Topics in U.S. History
History of Virginia to 1800
History of Virginia Since 1800
Colonial America
Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812
Jacksonian America, 1812-1854
Total Credits6

European History

Select two courses from the following:6
History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) 1
Foundations of Western Civilization
Development of Western Civilization
Classical Greece
Classical Rome
Western Europe in the Middle Ages
The Renaissance
The Reformation
Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948
Nationalism in Eastern Europe
History of Germany
Modern Britain
Stalinism
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)
Topics in European History
The Russian Revolution
European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries
Alexander the Great
Total Credits6
1

Used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in Western civilization may also fulfill 3 credits of this requirement

Global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern History

Approved courses in history used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding and the college-level requirement in non-Western culture may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Select two courses from the following:6
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
History of Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)
Modern Iraq
History of South Africa (Mason Core)
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)
Comparative Slavery
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America
Global History of Christianity
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Total Credits6

Electives in the Major

Students may also meet the elective requirement by completing an optional concentration.

Select four electives in history 112
Total Credits12
1

Students should choose courses in history at the 300 or 400 levels to meet this requirement if they need credits to complete the 18-credit, upper-level history requirement. In addition to HIST courses, history majors may use one 300-level ARTH course and HNRS 240 Reading the Past (Topic Varies) to fulfill this requirement.

Major with Concentration

Concentration in Digital History (HISD)

In this concentration, students explore and develop skills in using digital methods for the research, analysis, and presentation of history. Students interested in graduate eduation or careers in the digital humanities and new media or in working with digital methods in museums, archives, and other public history institutitions shoud consider this concentration.

Core Courses
HIST 300Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core)3
HIST 499RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core)3
HIST 390The Digital Past (Mason Core)3
Select three electives with at least 6 credits in HIST from the following:9
Topics in Digital History
Web Authoring and Design
Rhetoric and New Media
Introduction to Multimedia
other coursework, including internships, approved by the program director
Total Credits18
U.S. History
Select two courses from the following:6
Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)
Postwar United States, 1945-1973
United States since 1973
The Automobile in the United States
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present
Race and Gender in American Sports
History of College Athletics
History of Baseball
Basketball and the American Experience
History of Sport in the United States
History of the Olympics and the United States
U.S. Women's History
History of the Old South
The South since 1865
War and American Society
The Civil War and Reconstruction
The Vietnam War
History of Aviation
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film
Topics in U.S. History
History of Virginia to 1800
History of Virginia Since 1800
Colonial America
Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812
Jacksonian America, 1812-1854
Total Credits6
European History
Select two courses from the following:6
History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) 1
Foundations of Western Civilization
Development of Western Civilization
Classical Greece
Classical Rome
Western Europe in the Middle Ages
The Renaissance
The Reformation
Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948
Nationalism in Eastern Europe
History of Germany
Modern Britain
Stalinism
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)
Topics in European History
The Russian Revolution
European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries
Alexander the Great
Total Credits6
1

Used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in Western civilization may also fulfill 3 credits of this requirement

Global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern History

Approved courses in history used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding and the college-level requirement in non-Western culture may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Select two courses from the following:6
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
History of Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)
Modern Iraq
History of South Africa (Mason Core)
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)
Comparative Slavery
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America
Global History of Christianity
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Total Credits6

Concentration in Public History (HISP)

In this concentration, students explore a variety of issues related to preserving historical materials and presenting historical information to a broader public. Students interested in graduate education in public history or in working in public history institutions such as museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites should consider this concentration.

Core Courses
HIST 300Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core)3
HIST 499RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core)3
HIST 396Introduction to Public History3
HIST 390The Digital Past (Mason Core)3
HIST 399Internship 13
Select one elective from the following:3
Topics in Public History
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film
The Museum (Mason Core)
Introduction to Documentary (Mason Core)
other coursework, not including internships, approved by the program director
Total Credits18
1

Students work individually with the department's internship coordinator to find appropriate internships. HIST 399 may be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits, and students in the public history concentration are encouraged to take more than 3 credits of internships, with additional credits beyond the first 3 counting as general electives.

U.S. History
Select two courses from the following:6
Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)
Postwar United States, 1945-1973
United States since 1973
The Automobile in the United States
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present
Race and Gender in American Sports
History of College Athletics
History of Baseball
Basketball and the American Experience
History of Sport in the United States
History of the Olympics and the United States
U.S. Women's History
History of the Old South
The South since 1865
War and American Society
The Civil War and Reconstruction
The Vietnam War
History of Aviation
Uncovering the U.S. Past Through Film
Topics in U.S. History
History of Virginia to 1800
History of Virginia Since 1800
Colonial America
Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812
Jacksonian America, 1812-1854
Total Credits6
European History
Select two courses from the following:6
History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) 1
Foundations of Western Civilization
Development of Western Civilization
Classical Greece
Classical Rome
Western Europe in the Middle Ages
The Renaissance
The Reformation
Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948
Nationalism in Eastern Europe
History of Germany
Modern Britain
Stalinism
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)
Topics in European History
The Russian Revolution
European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries
Alexander the Great
Total Credits6
1

Used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in Western civilization may also fulfill 3 credits of this requirement

Global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern History

Approved courses in history used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding and the college-level requirement in non-Western culture may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Select two courses from the following:6
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
History of Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)
Modern Iraq
History of South Africa (Mason Core)
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)
Comparative Slavery
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America
Global History of Christianity
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Total Credits6

Concentration in Global History (HISG)

In this concentration, students explore the interconnected histories of major world regions beyond the United States and Europe. Students interested in graduate education in global history or careers in government or business or with non-governmental organizations or other employers operating in the international arena should consider this concentration. Students in the global history concentration are especially encouraged to study abroad as part of their undergraduate program.

Core Courses
HIST 300Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core)3
HIST 499RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core)3
HIST 394Globalization and History3
Select five courses chosen from the following lists. No more than 3 credits of ARTH coursework may apply to the History BA.15
Asian History
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
History of Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)
Arts of India (Mason Core)
Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)
Arts of China (Mason Core)
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)
African History
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
History of South Africa (Mason Core)
Comparative Slavery
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
Survey of African Art (Mason Core)
Latin American History
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)
Comparative Slavery
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)
Other HIST coursework approvoed by the program director
Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)
Middle Eastern & North African History
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Modern Iraq
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)
Other HIST coursrework approved by the program director
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)
Russian & Central Asian History
Stalinism
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)
The Russian Revolution
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
The Silk Road (Mason Core)
World History
Introduction to World History (Mason Core)
Global History of Christianity
Topics in Global History (Mason Core) (depending on topic)
Other HIST coursework approved by the program director
Optional foreign language skills development course in history 21
Topics in History
Select four electives in history 311-12
Total Credits36
1

Three of the five courses must be chosen from one of the following areas: Asian, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern and North African, or Russian and Central Asian history.

2

 Working individually with their instructor for an upper-level HIST course, students may pursue historical reading or other work to develop skills in an appropriate foreign language in which they have already met the CHSS requirement for intermediate-level proficiency.

3

Students should choose courses in history at the 300- or 400-levels to meet this requirement if they need to complete the 18-credit, upper-level history requirement. In addition to HIST courses, students may apply HNRS 240 Reading the Past (Topic Varies) and/or one 300-level ARTH course not counted above toward this requirement. In total, no more than 3 credits of ARTH may be applied to the history BA.

Individualized Concentration (IND)

Students who wish to design their own concentration must submit a one-page proposal and create a curriculum plan to be approved by the program director. This option may be particularly appropriate for students who want to focus on U.S. history or European history without emphasis on digital or public history methods.

All students in the individualized concentration will be required to complete 15-18 credits of breadth requirements modeled on the geographic distribution coursework in the history BA without concentration. For their remaining 12-15 credits in history, students will work with the program director to plan coursework that explores their chosen concentration across time periods and geographical lines as appropriate.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in history may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing:

HIST 300Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core)3
or HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core)
Total Credits3

Upper Level Requirement

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

College Level Requirements for the BA Degree

In addition to the Mason Core program, students pursuing a BA degree must complete the coursework below. Except where expressly prohibited, a course used to fulfill a college level requirement may also be used simultaneously to satisfy other requirements (Mason Core requirements or requirements for the major).

Philosophy or Religious Studies
Select 3 credits from the following:3
1

Note that the following courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement:

  • PHIL 323 Classical Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 324 Modern Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 327 Contemporary Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 393 Humanities College to Career 
  • PHIL 460 Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics


Additionally, PHIL 253 Philosophy and Literature (Mason Core) and RELI 235 Religion and Literature (Mason Core) cannot be used to fulfill both the philosophy/religious studies requirement and the Mason Core literature requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select 3 credits of social and behavioral sciences from the following (additional to the Mason Core social and behavioral sciences requirement) 13
ANTH
CRIM
ECON
GOVT
HIST 2
LING
PSYC
SOCI
Or choose from the following GGS courses:
Major World Regions (Mason Core)
Human Geography (Mason Core)
Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies
Political Geography
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Economic Geography
Urban Geography
Geography of the United States
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Europe
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Geography of the Soviet Succession States
Structures in Urban Governance and Planning
Geography of Virginia
1

The two courses used to fulfill the combined college and Mason Core requirements must be from different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. 

2

HIST 100 History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) and HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Foreign Language
Intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language, fulfilled by: 1
Or achieving a satisfactory score on an approved proficiency test
Or completing the following ASL three course sequence:
American Sign Language (ASL) I
American Sign Language (ASL) II
American Sign Language (ASL) III
1

Students who are already proficient in a second language may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement. Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Non-Western Culture

Select 3 credits of an approved course in the study of a non-Western culture (additional to the Mason Core requirement in global understanding)

Select 3 credits (additional to Mason Core Global Understanding requirement) 1
ANTH 114Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core)3
ANTH 300Civilizations3
ANTH 301Native North Americans3
ANTH 302Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core)3
ANTH 303Peoples and Cultures of the Andes3
ANTH 306Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia (Mason Core)3
ANTH 307Ancient Mesoamerica (Mason Core)3
ANTH 308Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core)3
ANTH 309Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core)3
ANTH 313Myth, Magic, and Mind (Mason Core)3
ANTH 314Zombies3
ANTH 316Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean (Mason Core)3
ANTH 323Digging and Dealing in the Dead: Ethics in Archaeology3
ANTH 330Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western3
ANTH 332Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)3
ANTH 381Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 383Cities of the Global South3
ANTH 396Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core)3
ARAB 360Topics in Arabic Cultural Production3
ARAB 420Survey of Arabic Literature3
ARAB 440Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core)3
ARTH 203Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)3
ARTH 204Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)3
ARTH 206Survey of African Art (Mason Core)3
ARTH 318Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ARTH 319Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)3
ARTH 320Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)3
ARTH 382Arts of India (Mason Core)3
ARTH 383Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)3
ARTH 384Arts of China (Mason Core)3
ARTH 385Arts of Japan (Mason Core)3
ARTH 386The Silk Road (Mason Core)3
ARTH 482RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art3
CHIN 318Introduction to Classical Chinese (Mason Core)3
CHIN 320Contemporary Chinese Film3
CHIN 325Major Chinese Writers (Mason Core)3
DANC 118World Dance (Mason Core)3
ECON 361Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core)3
ECON 362African Economic Development (Mason Core)3
FREN 451Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture3
FREN 454Topics in Caribbean Francophone Literature and Culture3
GGS 101Major World Regions (Mason Core)3
GGS 316Geography of Latin America3
GGS 325Geography of North Africa and the Middle East3
GGS 330Geography of the Soviet Succession States3
GGS 399Select Topics in GGS3
GOVT 328Non-Western Political Theory3
GOVT 332Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa3
GOVT 333Government and Politics of Asia3
GOVT 340Central Asian Politics3
GOVT 341Chinese Foreign Policy3
GOVT 345Islam and Politics3
GOVT 432Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa3
GOVT 433Political Economy of East Asia3
HIST 251Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)3
HIST 252Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)3
HIST 261Survey of African History (Mason Core)3
HIST 262Survey of African History (Mason Core)3
HIST 271Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)3
HIST 272Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)3
HIST 281Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)3
HIST 282Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)3
HIST 326Stalinism3
HIST 327The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II3
HIST 328Rise of Russia (Mason Core)3
HIST 329Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)3
HIST 353History of Traditional China3
HIST 354Modern China3
HIST 356Modern Japan (Mason Core)3
HIST 357Postwar Japan (Mason Core)3
HIST 358Post-1949 China (Mason Core)3
HIST 360History of South Africa (Mason Core)3
HIST 364Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)3
HIST 365Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)3
HIST 366Comparative Slavery3
HIST 367History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America3
HIST 387Topics in Global History (Mason Core)3-6
HIST 426The Russian Revolution3
HIST 460Modern Iran (Mason Core)3
HIST 461Arab-Israeli Conflict3
HIST 462Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)3
HIST 465The Middle East in the 20th Century3
JAPA 310Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)3
JAPA 340Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core)3
KORE 320Korean Popular Culture in a Global World3
MUSI 103Musics of the World (Mason Core)3
RELI 211Religions of the West (Mason Core)3
RELI 212Religions of Asia (Mason Core)3
RELI 240Death and the Afterlife in World Religions3
RELI 272Islam3
RELI 313Hinduism (Mason Core)3
RELI 314Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions3
RELI 315Buddhism (Mason Core)3
RELI 337Mysticism: East and West3
RELI 365Muhammad: Life and Legacy3
RELI 374Islamic Thought (Mason Core)3
RELI 375Qur'an and Hadith3
RELI 379Islamic Law, Society, and Ethics3
RELI 387Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights3
RELI 490Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core)3
RUSS 353Russian Civilization (Mason Core)3
RUSS 354Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (Mason Core)3
1

A course used to fulfill the Mason Core global understanding requirement may not be simultaneously used to satisfy this college-level requirement. A course used to fulfill this requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill any other requirements (Mason Core requirements, college-level requirements, or requirements for the major). Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.

Honors in the Major

History majors who have completed 75 credits (a minimum of 15 in history, 6 of which must have been taken at Mason) with an overall GPA of 3.50 and a GPA of 3.50 in history courses are eligible to apply to graduate with honors in history. Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core). The statement of application should include references from at least one Mason history faculty member. If a major part of the student’s work includes transfer credit, transcripts may be required. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed acceptance into honors in the major.

Students pursuing honors in the major will take a two-semester course sequence: HIST 490 Honors Directed Readings and HIST 491 Honors Directed ResearchHIST 490 Honors Directed Readings will focus on the design of a major research project and HIST 491 Honors Directed Research will focus on completing that project. To graduate with honors in the major, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the honors courses and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in history courses applied to the degree. A grade of B or higher in HIST 490 Honors Directed Readings is required to proceed to HIST 491 Honors Directed Research. The two honors courses (6 credits) may be applied to the requirement of 36 credits in history and successful completion of HIST 491 Honors Directed Research satisfies the seminar course requirement in place of HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core).

The accelerated master's programs in the list below specify the BA in history as a feeder degree for their programs. It is important to note, however, that many accelerated master's programs are available for any bachelor's degree at Mason, including this one. See the full list of master's degrees with accelerated programs at George Mason.

History, BA/History, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master's degree program and obtain both a BA and a MA in history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. The BA and MA earned separately require 120 and 30 credits respectively. If accepted into the program, they must have completed 90 credits including HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) with a minimum grade of B+ before they can enter the program. 

Interested students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Programs for details about the application process.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MA in history, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Applicants accepted to the accelerated MA program must have completed 90 credits including HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) with a minimum grade of B+ as a condition to entry into the program.

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (HIST 610 The Study and Writing of History and one additional 3 credit HIST course at the 500-level or 600-level), as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application, with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. These credits cannot replace HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core). Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework and earn a B or better (3.00 or higher) in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional credits of HIST courses at the 500-level or 600-level as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Middle East and Islamic Studies, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates pursuing a BA in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in Middle East and Islamic studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in Middle East and Islamic studies after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

It is preferred, though not required, that the student have a minor in Middle East studies or Islamic studies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MA in Middle East and Islamic studies, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two courses from the following:6
Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History
Politics and Societies of the Middle East
Islamic Texts and Contexts
Total Credits6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select up to 6 additional graduate credits from the following:6
Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History
Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (when content focus is the Middle East)
Islam and Politics
Islamic Texts and Contexts
Total Credits6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Religion, Culture, and Values Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in selected majors (see below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

If the student has not majored in religious studies, it is preferred, though not required, that the student have a minor in religious studies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two from the following:6
Approaches to the Study of Religion
Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
World Religions in Transition and Transformation
Religion and the Natural Environment
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Total Credits6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Approaches to the Study of Religion
Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
World Religions in Transition and Transformation
Religion and the Natural Environment
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Total Credits6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and a master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

Anthropology, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Sociology, English, History, Philosophy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Psychology, Government and International Politics, Integrative Studies, and Communication.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights and one course chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the program. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Select up to 6 credits from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights6
Total Credits6

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Women and Gender Studies Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in select majors may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women and gender studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women and gender studies after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometime within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

AnthropologySociologyEnglishHistoryPhilosophyConflict Analysis and ResolutionPsychologyGovernment and International Politics, and Communication.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see http://mais.gmu.edu/programs/la-mais-isin/application on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two from the following:6
Special Topics
Feminist Approaches to Social Research
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines
Women and Global Issues
Total Credits6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Special Topics
Feminist Approaches to Social Research
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines
Women and Global Issues
Total Credits6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.