Department of History

The Major

I always looked forward to this class. She taught me to think for myself, how to ask the questions and find the answers. She empowers her students.

Becoming a history major is an excellent choice for students considering careers in law, education, business, and a wide variety of other fields.  The qualities associated with being a history major-- excellent communication skills, the ability to manage complex projects, and exceptional research -- are in high demand by employers.  For more information on career paths for Auburn history majors, visit the page What Can You Do With A History Degree?


The History Major requires the following: 

1. 33 hours HIST courses (11 classes)

  • Six HIST courses (24hrs) on any time period or geographic region

  • One HIST course on Africa, Asia, Latin American, or the Middle East (3hrs)

  • HIST 3800 Historian’s Craft (3hrs).  You must complete Historian's Craft with a C or better before taking 5000-level courses and Senior Thesis. 

  • HIST 4950 Senior Thesis (3hrs)

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2. 41 hours University Core courses

3. 10 hours CLA Core course

  • Including 8hrs of Foreign Language

4. 18 hours Supporting Courses

  • Any course in Liberal Arts

5. 18 hours Free Electives

  • Any course at Auburn University

History majors should consult the Plan of Study and make an appointment to speak with the Department Advisor, Mr. Ross Blair (email).  

For more information

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Matt Malczycki

Matt Malczycki

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Thach 306B
(334) 844-7638
Office Hours: By appointment only

Last Updated: August 26, 2019