History (BA)

What is History? 

Do you wonder how our world came to be the way it is today? Are you curious about what life was like for people who lived before us? Would you like to understand the origins of enduring social and political problems? A history major may be right for you. 

A bachelor's degree in history prepares students to think critically about the past and how it influences the present, to conduct research, synthesize information and communicate complex ideas clearly and persuasively. Historical thinking requires critical approaches to evidence and argument and develops contextual understanding and historical perspective. It encourages meaningful engagement with concepts like continuity, change, and causation.

What can I do with a History Degree? 

History majors commonly work in education, museums, libraries and archives, government, international relations, business and finance, nonprofits, tourism, publishing, and the law (some of these career paths require additional training through certificate, professional, or graduate programs). Learn more:

    Schoolcraft College Course planning

Choose an area of study (associate degree), earn Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete pathway courses. The below pathway outlines the required Schoolcraft College courses. Courses not taken or transferred from Schoolcraft College can be completed at Wayne State University.

Choose an area of study

Associate Degree
Associate in Arts (AA)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Associate in General Studies (AGS)
Associate in Science (AS)

Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTA Requirement/Specific Course Credit Hours Notes
*ENG 101 English Composition I (ENG 1020) 3  
*ENG 102 English Composition II (ENG 3010) 3  
Approved Mathematics (see MTA)     3-4  
Approved Natural Science (see MTA) 3-4  
Approved Natural Science with lab (see MTA)   4-5  
*HIST 134 Ancient World (see MTA) 4  
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3 Second Social Science must be from different discipline
**Foreign Language (ARB 101, CHIN 101, FR 101, GER 101, ITAL 101 or SPAN 101) 4 1 of 2 required foreign language proficiency
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (see MTA) 3  
Total 30 credits min.  

*Meets MTA requirements and satisfies Wayne State degree requirement (prerequisites may be required, see Schoolcraft advisor). **Meets MTA and required for WSU College of Liberal Arts Group Requirements (two-semester sequence in a single foreign language).

Complete pathway courses

Course Credit Hours Notes
HIST 151 Early America-U.S. History (HIS 2040) 3  
**Foreign Language (ARB 101, CHIN 101, FR 101, GER 101, ITAL 101 or SPAN 101) 4 2 of 2 required foreign language proficiency, same language
Total      7 credits  

    Course planning 

The following courses are required to finish the degree requirements. Any pathway course(s) not completed at the community college can be completed at Wayne State University. 

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History

Course Credit Hours Notes
World History (select one course)    
     HIS 1600, 1610, 1700, 1710, 1900 or 1910 3  
HIS 3000 The Historian's Craft 3  
HIS 5996 Junior or Senior Research Seminar 3  
HIS Electives (select five courses 3001 or above) 18 Three must be above 5000-level (See WSU advisor)
Total      27 credits  

  Transfer credit summary

Transfer credit summary Credits
Schoolcraft College transferrable credits 75 credits

Required Wayne State University Major credits

Required Minor, HIS or Electives (See WSU Advisor)

27 credits 

18-24 credits 

Total credits required to complete bachelor's degree 120 credits (transferred or WSU)
  • WSU requires a minimum of 30 hours in residency. 
  • You can review how courses transfer using the course equivalency tool for other acceptable equivalences. 

How do I get started?

  • Join Wayne State Transfer Pathways
  • Schedule a WSU Transfer Success Appointment         
  • Meet with your academic advisors and track your academic progress 


  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit.  Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at the community college will need to be taken at WSU.  
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of community college and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion. 

Primary contacts

  Schoolcraft College   Schoolcraft College
     Academic Advising
     734-462-4429 | eadvise@schoolcraft.edu


Transfer Student Success Center
313-577-2487 | transfer@wayne.edu