Accelerated B.A. History

Accelerated BA to MA Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

BA/MA Program:

Undergraduate students at ISU may start the MA in History program after completing 90 undergraduate credits. Up to 12 credits taken at the graduate level may be counted towards completion of the undergraduate degree. Students may apply up to 12 credits of classes taken at the 55xx level to count as 44xx equivalents towards their BA degree at ISU. Interested students should contact the department directly. 

In addition to the admission requirements for the MA program, applicants to this accelerated program must have completed HIST 2291 with a grade of B or better, all ISU General Education requirements, and at least 12 upper-division History credits by the time of entering the BA/MA program.

Program Admissions Requirements

There are no program admission requirements for the B.A. in History.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3 - MATH 1123 Recommended 13
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 6 - HIST 1101, HIST 1102, HIST 1105, HIST 1106, HIST 1111, or HIST 1112, and one Objective 6 course from outside of History.6
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7 - HIST 1100, HIST 1120, or HIST 1118
Objective 8 - HIST 2291
Objective 9 - HIST 2201, HIST 2251, HIST 2252, HIST 2254, or HIST 22553
Total Credits37

“P” courses are equivalent to the original course.

Major Requirements

World Regions and Historical Themes - Complete three classes from the following:9
History in Film (Fulfills Objective 7)
World History I (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)
World History II (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)
Foundations of Europe (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)
Modern Europe (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)
United States History I (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)
United States History II (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)
US History and Culture (Fulfills Objective 7)
Themes in World History (Fulfills Objective 7)
Women In U.S. History (Fulfills Objective 9)
Latin American History and Culture (Fulfills Objective 9)
Asian History and Culture (Fulfills Objective 9)
Middle East History and Culture (Fulfills Objective 9)
African History and Culture (Fulfills Objective 9)
Research Skills - Complete both of the following:6
Introduction to Research (Fulfills Objective 8)
Senior Thesis
Upper Division United States History - Complete two of the following:6
Early North America
American Industrialization
Modern United States
Religion in American History
Topics in U.S. History
Federal Indian Relations
Idaho History
Women in the American West
American West
African American History
U.S. Environmental History
History of Energy
Atomic Age
American Military Experience
Cold War Culture in the U.S.
U.S. Civil War and Memory
Historical Geography of Idaho
Upper division world, comparative, and non-U.S. history - Complete two of the following:6
History of Christianity
Renaissance and Reformation
History of World Religions
French Revolution and Napoleon
Foodways in History
Global Environmental History
Topics in Global History
Slavery in History
Families in Former Times
Women in World History
History of Revolutions
Witchcraft and Magic
Topics in European History
Modern Irish History
Topics in Ancient History and Culture
Topics in Medieval History and Culture
Topics in Latin American History and Culture
Topics in Asian History and Culture
Topics in Middle East History and Culture
World War I
World War II and Holocaust
Modern Art
Contemporary Art
Islam in the Modern World
Modern Middle East
History of Empires
History of Disease, Medicine, and Society
Early Modern Europe
Upper division history electives - take 9 credits of any upper division history course.9
Students in the accelerated BA to MA program can use a total of twelve credits of 5000-level graduate coursework from the History Department in any of these three areas
Upper division United States History
Upper division world, comparative, and non-U.S. history
Upper division history electives
Total Credits36
Students who may want to pursue a graduate degree in History or a related discipline are urged to take at least two years of a foreign language.

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements (w/o General Education)27
Upper Division Free Electives12
Free Electives44
Total Credits120

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)