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"Group of students hold a discussion with Jonathan Wiesen, Ph.D."Students decide to become History majors for many different reasons. Maybe you are curious about the Revolutionary War because of Hamilton. Or maybe you grew up in Alabama and want to know more about the state or Birmingham. Perhaps you saw a TV show about how aliens built the pyramids (they didn’t, btw), or you find gladiators or Nazis fascinating. Or, maybe you just want skills that employers are looking for. In the History Department, we teach all these things and so much more. 

One of the best things about a major in History is that the degree is flexible and can be tailored to your interests. Once you’ve finished two introductory sequences (U.S. history and either World History or Western Civ.), the majority of your classes are going to be courses that you want to take and fit into your schedule. The only other required course is HY 497 (the capstone) which you will take in your senior year.

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. You can also look at a proposed four-year program of study for History majors. You can download the pdfUndergraduate Program Handbook for a brief synopsis of the program.

Ready to Apply?

All the information you need to apply can be found on UAB's Undergraduate Admissions site.