Nov 29, 2023  
ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History (Concentration with ABM Option), BA

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions related to public history. Students accepted into the ABM program will complete one year of graduate work as a senior. Students will then complete the work for an MA in History the following year. Students who complete the program will finish with a BA in History, an MA in History, and a Public History Certificate. 

Liberal Studies Hours (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

Major Requirements

Survey Courses (9 hours)

Students will take three hours from each of the following areas: U.S. History, European History, and ALAMEA (African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Asian history).

Methods Credits (6 hours)

Upper Division Electives (18 hours)

Six courses (18 hours) of 300/400 level electives to include three hours in United States History, three hours in European History, and three hours in ALAMEA (African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Asia). Students must have three hours of 400-level electives (in addition to the three hours of methods/capstone listed in the methods credit section above).

Additional Requirements

To complete the program, a total of 39 hours is required, including a minor, or a second major, or another approved program and general electives. To meet of the general university degree requirements, at least 30 hours of the courses taken at WCU must be at the junior-senior level. Students should consult their advisors during the term before their senior year to create a plan for their Capstone Course. Visit the department’s website at to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

ABM Option

Students should apply for the ABM Option in the second semester of their Junior year.  

GPA Requirements:

  • Must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in the History major to be eligible for the program.  Must also pass HIST 350: Introduction to Public History in their Junior year with at least a B.  

Students are required to take HIST 483 to meet their Upper Division Elective requirement or their Capstone requirement.

Students must also take 12 hours selected from the following (These hours count both towards the ABM and  towards the Upper Division Electives requirement):

  • HIST 568
  • HIST 569
  • HIST 570
  • HIST 571
  • HIST 572
  • HIST 573
  • HIST 574
  • HIST 575
  • HIST 576