History B.A./M.A. (5-Year)

Program Description

Students may earn both a B.A. and M.A. in history by participating in the University's Five-Year Program. To be eligible for this option, undergraduate students must complete 90 credit hours, be a history major, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students satisfy the undergraduate history major requirements during their first four years at the University, earning a minimum of 120 credits, of which a maximum of six may be graduate credits, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. Upon completion of a B.A., students may then enter the M.A. in History program by completing the remainder of the full degree requirements. Students may request admission to the 5-year program after they have completed ninety credits towards their B.A. in History, but prior to completing the B.A. degree. Interested students should contact the Graduate Director to discuss the program and to apply for admission.

Why take this major?

The unique features of this program provide distinct opportunities to advance the careers of both practicing social studies teachers and aspiring graduate students in history. The appeal for all teachers with teaching certificates is that this program will broaden and deepen their knowledge of history in maintaining active certification status (in conformity with Act 48) and reaching the "highly qualified teacher" category by mastery of content knowledge.

Those students in pursuit of a traditional M.A. in History will also find La Salle's program attractive:

  • The M.A. in History curriculum is professional in nature and is designed as preparation for the doctorate and for numerous professional careers.
  • The common core of seven courses, along with upper-level electives and seminars provides excellent preparation for archival analysis, visual history, material culture, oral history, and interdisciplinary research that, collectively, has become the hallmark of doctoral-level courses in history, as well as most doctoral dissertations.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program, the student should be able to do the following:

  • Understand historiographical approaches
  • Comprehend and retain pedagogical content knowledge
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills relative to the contextualization of historical scholarship
  • Use substantive and convincing prose style in order to present meaningful explanations of historical events
  • Appreciate the importance of factual evidence and chronology.

Program Contact Information

George Stow, Graduate Director

342 Hayman Hall


(215) 951-1097

Degree Earned

B.A., M.A.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 10 for the M.A.

Total: 38-40 for the B.A., 10 for the M.A.

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 30 for the M.A.

Total: 120 for the B.A., 30 for the M.A.

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 3.0 to earn MA degree

Cumulative: 3.0 to earn MA degree

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

HIS 155, 300, 305

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

Choose course within ILO

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

HIS 206, 251, 255

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 38-40 for the B.A., 10 for the M.A. courses in total in order to graduate. 10 for the M.A. courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

His 480 Seminar I

His 331 America's Military Past

His 333 American Immigrant

His 402 American Revolution

His 415 Civil War & Reconstruction

His 425 America as a World Power

His 481 Seminar II

His 335 Greek Civilization

His 336 Roman Empire

His 338 Early Middle Ages

His 339 Later Middle Ages

His 350 Traditional China to 1840

His 369 The Holocaust

His 452 20th Century Russia & the USSR

Americas Concentration: 4 more Americas upper-level electives and 2 more Afro-Eurasian upper-level electives
Afro-Eurasian Concentration: 4 more Afro-Eurasian upper-level electives and 2 more Americas upper-level electives

HIS 510 Historiography

HIS 610 Readings in American History


Americas or Afro-Eurasian

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Fall Freshmen

Core Americas (ILO 4.1)

Spring Freshmen

Core Afro-Eurasian (ILO 11.1)

Fall Sophomore

Two Upper-Level Electives

Spring Sophomore

Two Upper-Level Electives

Fall Junior

His 480 and One Upper-Level Elective

Spring Junior

His 481 and One Upper-Level Elective

Fall Senior

HIS 480 Senior Seminar I

Mix of core courses, controlled electives in major, free electives

HIS 510 Historiography

Spring Senior

HIS 481 Senior Seminar II

Mix of core courses, controlled electives in major, free electives

HIS 610 Readings in American History

Course Descriptions

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