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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History BA/School Librarianship MS

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Undergraduate Course Requirements

Twelve History Courses (36 credits)

  • Eight of the twelve HIS courses must be at the 300/400 level (24 credits), including at least two 400-level HIS seminars.
  • At least one course, at any level, must be taken from each of the four different breadth areas below.
    • It is recommended that students take 100 and 200-level courses that satisfy the breadth requirement in the first two years.

Asian, African Continent, or Latin American History of Any Period (AAL)

US History (USH)

Graduate Course Requirements

School Librarianship Core (39 credits)

  • LAI 574 - Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • LIS 507 - Information Life Cycle
  • LIS 508 - Information Users and Use
  • LIS 518 - Reference Sources and Services
  • LIS 524 - School Media Center Field Experience
  • LIS 525 - School Media Center Practicum
  • LIS 532 - Curriculum Role of the Media Specialist
  • LIS 534 - Resources and Services for Children
  • LIS 535 - Resources and Services for Young Adults
  • LIS 568 - Computer Applications in the School Library Media Center
  • LIS 575 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • LIS 585 - Management of School Library Media Centers
  • GSE Graduate-level Literacy Course (3 credits)

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 36

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 101

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 39

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 140

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Each HIS course must be completed with a minimum grade of C- (1.667), to count toward the History BA requirements.  An overall grade point average of at least 2.150 in courses counting toward the history requirements is required to graduate. UB Seminars (198/199 courses) may not count toward major requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students majoring in history may receive credit for up to five history courses (15 credit hours) but must take seven upper-level history courses, including the two 400-level seminars, at UB. Transfer courses will be evaluated and will only be applicable to the BA if they directly articulate to or otherwise satisfy one of the History BA requirements.

Program Honors

Majors who complete at least four history courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.330 (B+) or who have a letter of support from a faculty member willing to supervise their project are eligible to apply for admission to the History department Honors Program. Students participate in HIS 497  and HIS 497  and produce a substantial thesis based on primary source research. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

  • UB Seminar Credits:3
  • HIS 100 or 200 level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • HIS 100 or 200 level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

  • UB Seminar Credits:3
  • HIS 100 or 200 level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • HIS 100 or 200 level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • Math & Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • LAI 574SEM - Teaching Exceptional Learner Credits: 3
  • LIS 507LEC - Information Life Cycle Credits: 3
  • LIS 508LEC - Information Users and Uses Credits: 3
  • LIS 524TUT - SLMC Field Experience Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • LIS 585LEC - Mgt of School Libraries Credits: 3
  • LIS 532LEC - Curriculum Role of Media Spec Credits: 3
  • LIS 568LEC - Computer Applications in the SLMC Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Fall

  • LIS 534LEC - Resrces & Srvcs for Child Credits: 3
  • LIS 535LEC - Resrces & Srvcs Yng Adult Credits: 3
  • LIS 575LEC - Intro to Research Methods Credits: 3

Total Credits: 9

Fifth Year Spring

  • LIS 518LEC - Reference & Information Srvcs Credits: 3
  • LIS 525TUT - School Media Ctr Practicum Credits: 3
  • GSE Graduate-level Literacy Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 9

Total Credits Required: 140

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Study distinct historical events and figures; interpret a range of social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental factors; identify the particularities of change over time.
  • Explain the influence of the past on the present.
  • Hone critical thinking and reading skills.
  • Synthesize complex historical information.
  • Construct sophisticated historical arguments and support these arguments with evidence.
  • Develop research tools: how to pose questions, obtain evidence, identify gaps in the historical record.
  • Assess and challenge historical narratives and viewpoints.
  • Display disciplined analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • Compare regions and time periods.
  • Learn how to become a persuasive writer.
  • Cultivate oral communication: how to present research findings clearly, and analyze primary and secondary sources in discussion.


(HEGIS: 22.05 HISTORY, CIP54.0101 History, General)


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