What will I learn?

Learning Goals for Undergraduates in History: Students graduating with a BA in history will have learned to research, analyze, synthesize, and communicate accurate information about the past and its meaning. Specifically, students will acquire the skills to:

  • Discover and sift through information and distinguish between fact and myth, the serious and unserious
  • Evaluate written or material evidence; closely examine evidence within a historical context; understand change over time
  • Organize events and ideas chronologically and explain historical trends
  • Recognize and apply concepts and principles in the discipline of history
  • communicate, both verbally and orally, in an effective manner

The History major requires at least 12 three-credit courses in History. For a balanced understanding of history, majors must complete courses from each of the following focus areas:

  • U.S. history
  • European history
  • Other regions of the world (Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Canada) or courses with a transnational focus

Majors take HTY 130, Craft of Historical Detection, as well as other prerequisites at the 100- and 200-level, then 8 or more upper-level courses, including a junior seminar and a senior capstone seminar. Your History advisor will help you design a course plan that suits your interests and needs.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,030.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

5774 Stevens Hall, Room 100,



04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work.

For international students

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

All applicants must request that an official English language proficiency exam score is submitted to UMaine by the testing agency:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 79 (IBT) or 550 (paper-based test).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 6.5.

PTE (Pearson Test of English) - minimum score of 53.

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - completed level C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English).

Waived language tests if:

Native speaker of English (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, U.K.); SAT Verbal score is 550 or higher; ACT English score is 24 or higher; high school transcript clearly states that English is the language of instruction of all subjects; student studying in the U.S. or Canada for two or more years and not in an ESL track; student has successfully passed an English Composition course at a U.S. higher education institution with a grade of C or higher, even if student has not studied in the U.S. for two or more years; successfully passed the English placement test at UMaine’s Intensive English Institute.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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