Adams State University

208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81101

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Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado offers a BA in History degree. The program is 120 credits — 38 credits are for general education courses, 36 credits are for history courses, and 46 credits are used for electives. Students are to complete 12 credit hours of European and Latin American history and 12 credit hours of American history. A minimum grade of C in all coursework must be earned in order to graduate. Students are also to earn at least a 70 percent on the HGP Senior Assessment.

The BA History curriculum is designed to give students a strong foundation of history, political, and governmental knowledge. This degree may be used towards pre-requisites towards graduate school, law school, and careers in museums, archaeology, and many more. Students must complete HGP core courses, which include, American Government, US History, and Senior Seminar. Additionally, students must complete at least 42 credits of upper division courses (300/400 level).

The European and Latin American history courses encompass topics of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Imperial Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Modern Europe, and several others. The American history courses encompass topics of Colorado History, Colonial America, Constitutional Law, American Thought, The Gilded Age, and several others.

History majors are required to meet technology proficiency; this can be completed by taking BUS120, CSCI100, or an equivalent transfer course. This proficiency must be completed by the end of sophomore year. Additionally, students must submit a writing portfolio by the seventh week of the penultimate semester prior to graduation, in order to demonstrate the students’ writing proficiency. The credits for electives may be transferred from other institutions or taken at ASU. These credits are only used for electives and not anywhere else for the degree requirements.  

Additionally, all students at ASU are required to meet the residency requirement. Students must complete at least 30 semester credits of ASU courses at an off-campus site or by completing online courses, which are approved, and in the distance-learning catalog. Credits that are earned in online courses have the same distinction as campus based courses, in order to meet residency requirements or other requirements for other degree programs at ASU.

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    All requirements for the distance degree program are the same as those for the same degree on the campus. Distance degree program students are subject to all ASU policies, deadlines and graduation requirements, except where noted.

    Students will be required to complete 30 Adams State University semester credits which may be met by completing ASU Independent study or online courses approved and listed on the website or other publications.

    Course credits earned through the distance degree program are entered on the student record without distinction between on-campus and off campus courses.

    ASU credits earned in off-campus course are considered to be the same as those earned in on-campus courses for the purpose of meeting residency or other requirements in degree programs of the institution.

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