Double Major in English & History

A double major can be an excellent way to distinguish yourself and give yourself an edge on the job market. The course of study required for a double major in English and History is demanding, but if students decide upon this path early in their academic careers and plan accordingly, they can graduate with 125 credits—just two courses beyond the usual 120 required for a single major in English or History.

Sample Course of Study


Fall Freshman Year  (15-16 credits)

Spring Freshman Year (15 credits)

English 101 & 101L

Math (usually BMTH 101)

Foreign Language 109

Speech 140, 230, or 201

1st Selection from History 101, 102, 111, 112, 115, or 116

English 102

Philosophy 110 or 111

Foreign Language 110

1st Social/Behavioral Science

2nd Selection from History 101, 102, 111, 112, 115, or 116

Fall Sophomore Year (16 credits)

Spring Sophomore Year (15-16 credits)

English 287 (counts as 1st Gen Ed Liberal Arts Elective)

English 288

Foreign Language 122

European History Pre-1660

1st Natural Science (with lab)

English 290

English 289

European History Post-1660

American History Pre-1860

2nd Natural Science (lab optional)

Fall Junior Year (15 credits)

Spring Junior Year (15 credits)

1st English Pre-1800 Class

1st English Post-1800 Class

American History Post-1860

Non-Western History

Fine Arts

2nd English Pre-1800 Class

2nd English Post-1800 Class

1st History Elective 300/400 Level

2nd History Elective 300/400 Level

Philosophy (other than BPHI 110 or 111)

Fall Senior Year (15 credits)

Spring Senior Year (15 credits)

English 453

3rd English Post-1800 Class

3rd History Elective 300/400 Level

4th History Elective 300/400 Level

2nd Social/Behavioral Science

1st English Elective 300/400 Level

2nd English Elective 300/400 Level

History 300

5th History Elective 300/400 Level

2nd Gen Ed Liberal Arts Elective

Summer School/Additional Senior Semester (6 credits)

3rd English Elective 300/400 Level

3rd Social/Behavioral Science


Your double major will be noted on your transcripts, but you will only receive a single diploma. Students can also pursue a double degree, with two diplomas, but this requires 24 hours of additional course work meeting additional restrictions. For details, see USCB’s Academic Bulletin.