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Undergraduate Requirements

The history department has admissions requirements in addition to Utah State University's.

Major/Minor Requirement Sheet
Advising Tips for history majors
Advising Tips for history teaching emphasis
World/European/US breakdown
PRAXIS Test Information
PRAXIS Study Companion
Application for Admission to Secondary Teacher Education
Checklist to Complete Secondary Education

Directed Readings Form
Internship Form

Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to the Department of History as pre-majors.

Transfer students: Students transferring from other institutions or from other USU majors may be accepted as a pre-major in history. They must also have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

International students: International students should check the USU Office of International Students and Scholars for additional requirements.

To be a history major, students must complete at least 15 credits with an overall GPA of 2.5 and complete certain pre-major courses. Students majoring in history teaching and applying to the STEP program must go through an application process, which includes the following:

  • Complete 60 semester credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Complete certain core courses (see department for more information)

  • Complete a speech and hearing test

  • Pass the Teacher Education Writing Exam 

  • Provide an unofficial copy of your transcript

  • Pass a criminal background check (this should be done one semester before submitting the application)


Graduate Requirements

The Department of History strongly recommends that applicants for USU's Master's Program in history have either an undergraduate major or minor in history or a closely related field. It is important that students be aware of the areas of expertise of the History Department faculty. If students wish to study a field not covered by faculty at USU, they may not be admitted to the program.

Application requirements:

  • Complete the online application

  • Pay the $55 application fee

  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE

  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits

  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits

  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

  • International students have additional admissions requirements


Admissions deadlines:

The department accepts new graduate students each fall and has the following application deadline: February 1.

Applicants who submit applications after the February 1 deadline may still be admitted to the program; however, they will not be considered for financial assistance.