B.A. History

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John Cabot University, Rome Italy | Rome, Italy
The Bachelor of Arts in History is designed to provide the intellectual breadth and the analytical skills that allow students to make meaningful connections between the past and the present. To that end, history majors are encouraged to interpret and question the cultural, social, economic and political factors that shape the ways in which individuals, societies and cultures change over time.
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Description of History

The Bachelor of Arts in History is designed to provide the intellectual breadth and the analytical skills that allow students to make meaningful connections between the past and the present.

To that end, history majors are encouraged to interpret and question the cultural, social, economic and political factors that shape the ways in which individuals, societies, and cultures change over time. History faculty help students develop the skills of historical analysis, critical reading and writing, and research through a combination of lecture courses and limited enrollment seminars.

Building on the University’s identity and mission as an international American liberal arts college in Italy, the core program focuses on the national and regional histories of the United States, Italy, Europe, and the Mediterranean, while a course on the history of globalization introduces students to the tools needed to understand cross-cultural and interregional interactions. Through their choice of major electives, history majors can then focus their studies on the areas, eras, or types of history that interest them most.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 8500 Semester (International)
  • EUR 8500 Semester (National)

Start date January  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 48 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Core Curriculum (12 courses): The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses required for the major.

  • HS 120 Introduction to Western Civilization I
  • HS 121 Introduction to Western Civilization II
  • HS 201 The Long-Term History of Globalization
  • CL/HS 221 History of Ancient Greece or CL/HS 231 History of Ancient Rome and Italy
  • HS 235 The Birth of Medieval Europe: From Constantine to the First Crusade or HS 236 Europe Before Nations: From the First Crusade to 1453
  • HS/PH 223 Historical and Philosophical Aspects of the Italian Renaissance
  • Two Courses Selected From The Following: HS 260 Early Modern Europe: Absolutism and Revolutions; HS 261 Modern Europe I: The Age of Nationalism; HS 262 Modern Europe II: The Age of Imperialism; HS 263 Modern Europe III: Europe Since 1945
  • HS 280 The American Experience I: From the First Colonies to the Closing of the Frontier or HS 283 The American Experience II: From the Closing of the Frontier to the Present
  • HS 365 Italy from the Risorgimento to the First World War (1815-1918) or HS 366 Italy from Mussolini to the Crisis of the First Republic 1918 to present
  • HM 460 Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • HS 480 Senior Thesis

Major Electives (5 courses)

Five HS courses, at least three of which are at 300 level. Relevant courses from other disciplines may be considered, but require approval by the students advisor and the Humanities Department Chair.

General Electives

Sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.

Requirements for History

  1. English: All students must demonstrate English proficiency by completing EN 110 English Composition III with a grade of C- or above. New students will be placed in EN 101, EN 105, or EN 110, on the basis of the Universitys English Composition Placement Examination, and must take Composition courses until this requirement is satisfied.
  2. Mathematics: All students must demonstrate proficiency in Mathematics by completing MA101 Algebra or MA102 Finite Mathematics, with a grade of C- or above. Students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in the Business Administration Major are required to take MA101 Algebra. Other students have the option of choosing between MA101 and MA102. New students may be exempted from this requirement on the basis of the Universitys Mathematics Placement Examination; otherwise they must take MA101 or MA102 during their first semester of attendance and until this requirement is satisfied.
  3. Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency equivalent to a year of study in a foreign language with a written literature. Students with a national secondary education credential in a language other than English will be considered to have satisfied this requirement.
  1. English Literature: Two courses in English literature, one of which may be replaced by a course in comparative or dramatic literature in English translation. (These courses must have EN 110 as a prerequisite.)
  2. Mathematics and Science: Two courses in mathematics, natural science or computer science. (MA101 and MA102 do not fulfill this requirement.)
  3. Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts: Seven courses distributed as follows:
    1. Social Sciences - at least two courses in Communications, Economics, Political Science or Psychology.
    2. Humanities - at least two courses in History, Literature, Philosophy or Religion.
    3. Fine Arts - at least one course in Art History, Creative Writing, Dramatic Literature, Music, Studio Art or Theater.


No course may be used to satisfy more than one General Distribution Requirement.

Applicants whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate sufficient preparation in the English language.
Standardized test scores, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are useful in assessing a students language capability. A minimum score of 563 on the paper based TOEFL, 223 on the computer based TOEFL exam, or 85 on the TOEFL iBT exam or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required. John Cabot University offers an internal English Language Placement Test which may be taken by students in place of the TOEFL or IELTS.

Accepting transfer students

John Cabot University has a long tradition of welcoming transfer students who want the international liberal arts education we offer. Our students come from 55 different countries, including Italy and the United States, enriching classroom discussions and the vibrancy of our community.

Work Experience for History

No work experience is required.

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