Bachelor of Arts in History

The History major provides students with a broad background in the historical trends which have shaped the modern world and led to the development of a contemporary society, culture and politics in the Islamic world and the United Arab Emirates. The aim of the History major is transmit knowledge and understanding of history and to promote awareness of the past and to open minds to the possibilities of the future. Students who are studying history are expected to learn not only basic facts of history, but also the contemporary methodologies that historians use to reconstruct and interpret the past, in order to better understand the present and the future.

Program Objectives

  • Understanding of both the scientific methods and literary values of history.
  • Knowledge of the historical forces shaping the past, present and future world.
  • Capacity to analyze historical sources and arguments.
  • Ability to express ideas and judgment independently in intellectually coherent and elegant writing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define historical methodologies.
  • Use historical knowledge to demonstrate an understanding of his/her own social system and those of others.
  • Explain the historical forces shaping the current Arab world and particularly the Gulf region.
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in relation to historical issues.
  • Explain, using examples, the importance of change and continuity over time.
  • Analyze the causes of the rise and fall of a particular culture.
  • Examine the content of a particular document or historical text and present objectively an independent analysis of its background and effect.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form to various audience.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History  23.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000
2 : The Archaeology concentration Students must not take this course in this area

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS122Modern World History  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major


History Major

Required Courses for both concentrations (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS142History of Islamic World: Origins 15003.000
HIS212History of the UAE3.000
HIS373Hist. of Arab World from 15003.000


History Concentration (Req CH:27)

Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS200Methodology & Historiography3.000
HIS318History of the Arabian Gulf3.000
HIS376Special Topics I3.000
HIS377Special Topics II3.000
HIS301Research Project3.000

Islam and the Arab World (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS124Rise of Islam & Omayyed state3.000
HIS245Relationship between East & West in Middle Ages3.000
HIS251History of the Islamic West3.000
HIS332Ancient History & Archaeology Arabian of the Peninsula3.000
HIS352History of the Abbasid State3.000
HIS378History of Trade in the Indian ocean till 15003.000

The Modern and Contemporary World (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS123American History3.000
HIS213Medieval West: 600-15003.000
HIS239History of Africa:1800-present3.000
HIS241Modern History of Europe3.000
HIS243History of East Asia3.000
HIS374Public History3.000
HIS375Hist. of Islam World from 15003.000


Archaeology Concentration (Req. CH:24)

Required Courses (24.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS217Material Culture of Islamic World3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HIS215Ancient History & Archaeology of Near East3.000
HIS310Introduction to Archaeology & Museum Studies3.000
HIS311Archaeology Field Methods3.000
HIS372Arch. of UAE & A. Gulf States3.000
HIS301Research Project3.000
HIS401Internship in Museum Studies3.000

Elective (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS379Maritime Archaeology  53.000
5 : Or can select from any History offering


Minors and Free Electives (Req. CH:36) Required Minors

Minor (1) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours


Optional Minor (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.

Minor (2) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Electives for History (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Electives for Archaeology (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours