Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Undergraduate Programs


In this program, you will focus on the general study and interpretation of the past, including gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing evidence and theories about past events. Specific cultures and areas of study include American and European society and culture, the history and philosophy of science and technology, Asian history, Canadian history, and the application of history to the recording of public events. You will also study historical research methods, historic preservation, public policy, and records administration. You will use written, visual, and oral evidence, as well as artifacts collected and stored in museums, libraries, and other historical institutions, to gather and interpret historical data in order to understand current events and conditions. Many history programs permit students to concentrate on a particular, nation, geographic area, or time period. A minor is required for this degree.

Characteristics associated with success in this field include a strong curiosity about when, where, why, and how historical events took place, about the differences in societies, and about the relationship between the past and the present. You should:

• have the ability to read carefully and think creatively and critically

• be skilled in presenting information clearly and succinctly, both verbally and in writing

Work Tasks and Settings

• Research and gather information about the past

• Use photos, interviews, films, books, diaries, and letters to find out what the past was like

• Look at a region during a certain time period, or study one specific thing like politics or social history

• Some may trace family histories, study one certain person, or study old buildings or artifacts

• Work for libraries, museums, colleges, archives, historical societies, publishers, corporations, as consultants and for the government

• Work with written materials, photographs, artifacts, archaeological remains, verbal accounts of events, computers, articles, and historical exhibits

Abilities needed:

• be curious and creative

• speak and write well

• have a lot of general knowledge about the world

• be objective and open-minded

• work in an organized way

• work alone or as part of a group

• use good judgment



  WKU COURSES                                             KCTCS EQUIVALENT

 HIST 119 Western Civilization to 1648

 HIS 104 

 HIST 120 Western Civilization since 1648

 HIS 105

 HIST 240 The United States to 1865

 HIS 108

 HIST 241 The United States since 1865

 HIS 109

 HIST 489 Senior Seminar (last semester)


 Upper-Division U.S. History


 Upper-Division European History to 1648


 Upper-Division European History since 1648


 Upper-Division other than Europe or U.S.


 Upper-Division elective


 Upper-Division elective


* A minor is required for this degree.


Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term.

WKU-O Academic Requirements:

  • 120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

- 44 semester hours of General Education

- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)

- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

  • Students must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours with WKU to graduate with honors.
  • Students must apply for graduation upon the completion of 90 semester hours.
  • Students are to meet with an advisor each semester.
 Last Modified 8/5/13