2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 23, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program (B.A. / M.A.)

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College of Arts and Humanities
Department of History, Colbourn Hall, Room: 551

Email: Graduate program: hisgrad@ucf.edu
Email: Undergraduate program: history@ucf.edu

Dr. Amelia Lyons
Phone: 407-823-2224

This program allows highly qualified undergraduate majors in history to begin taking graduate-level courses which will count towards their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Participation will enable completion of a B.A. and M.A. in a shorter period of time for students enrolled in full-time course work.

Admission Requirements

  • Students apply for admission to the accelerated program toward the end of their junior year or after 12 hours of upper-level history course work.
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A 3.5 GPA or higher in history courses
  • Official competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score taken within the last five years.
  • An essay indicating reasons for wishing to complete the combined bachelor’s/master’s program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from History faculty.
  • Students will be formally admitted to the master’s program following receipt of the B.A. degree.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in each history course for it to be counted toward the major.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.
  • Students should consult with the departmental graduate director.
  • Departmental residency requirement consists of at least 18 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF History Department. Students may substitute up to nine hours of 5000- or 6000- level courses to meet this requirement.
  • Students must compile a portfolio of 8-12 examples of graded, written work from UCF History classes.
  • The B.A. will be awarded after completion of 36 hours of history classes.
  • The M.A. will be awarded upon completion of the program.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours (see history major  requirements).

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

See the History (B.A.)  in this catalog for track specific GEP requirements

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)

See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information.

1 See Transfer Notes for possible substitutes

Core Requirements: Basic Level (6 Credit Hours)

Complete two courses from EUH 2000 , EUH 2001 , WOH 2012  and/or WOH 2022 . Upper level AFH, ASH, EUH, LAH and/or WOH courses can be substituted for these requirements.

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (3 Credit Hours)

Restricted Electives (21 Credit Hours)

  • (Must be taken within the History Department)
  • A list of approved restricted elective courses is found in the myKnight audit.

Select six hours of approved history courses within three of the four geographic regions: (18 Credit Hours)

  • Asian, African, and Middle Eastern
  • British and European
  • Latin American
  • U.S. and Canadian

Select three hours of approved history courses (3 Credit Hours)

  • Students may substitute nine hours of 5000- or 6000-level course work for 3000- or 4000-level courses

Capstone Requirements


  • Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement.


  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign language may be used to meet the requirement. Majors who are participating in the accelerated program should complete two years of a foreign language, preferably one functional in their area of historical interest. Students may take the department’s M.A. foreign language proficiency exam immediately following the completion of their foreign language course work.

Additional Requirements

Graduate Degree Requirements

  • The graduate requirements listed in the Graduate Catalog take precedence over those listed below.
  • Students admitted to the accelerated program may take a 5000-level course the first semester of their senior year.
  • After successfully completing one 5000-level course, students will be eligible to take HIS 6159 (Historiography) and another 5000-level course or the 6000-level seminar following the 5000-level colloquium they have already completed.
  • Students may substitute these nine hours of graduate level work for 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level undergraduate courses.
  • Students need to pay fees at the graduate rate for the graduate courses they take.

Schedule for students enrolled full-time in the accelerated program:

  • Students complete nine hours of graduate-level courses their senior year.
  • Students enroll in at least three hours of graduate-level course work the summer after they receive their B.A.
  • Students enroll in nine hours of graduate-level courses in both spring and fall semesters during their M.A. year.
  • Students complete the Capstone course, pass their preliminary exams, and fulfill their foreign language requirement by the end of their first M.A. year.
  • Students complete and defend a master’s thesis in six hours.

Signature Experience

  • Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in upper division required courses attempted.
  • Submit a portfolio (HIS 4959 ) during the semester of graduation. The portfolio will include representative samples of the student’s written work including, but not limited to, book critiques, in-class essay exams, and term papers.
  • Students must complete at least 18 of the required 36 history hours at UCF.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Total Combined Credit Hours Required: 147

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Related Programs

  • None


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Shared Courses

  • None

Graduate Courses Link

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

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