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History, B.A. (Madrid)

The study of history provides the social and cultural resources necessary to approach the challenges of present-day society and our membership in a global community. As a history student at SLU-Madrid, you’ll learn information-processing skills that are in strong demand in today’s job market: analytical thinking, effective use of evidence, research, writing skills, rhetorical abilities and an understanding of cultural differences.

History at SLU-Madrid

Major in History

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in History, you can complete your entire degree in Madrid, or you can study at both of our campuses, in Madrid and St. Louis.

Few places in the world offer as many Spanish history courses in English as SLU-Madrid. Our internationally recognized faculty have expertise in medieval, early modern and modern European history, with special interests in the interaction of Spain’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures, Colonial Latin America, the Spanish Civil War and the Classical Hellenistic World.

At the campus in St. Louis, academic areas of specialization include the 20th century American West, immigration, women’s civic and social movements and the African American experience.

Highlighted Courses

The history major requires 120 credit hours of coursework, including 36 credit hours of history coursework. You’ll be required to take three introductory history courses and 27 credit hours of upper-division courses.

The required introductory courses are:

  • HIST 1110: Origins of the Modern World to 1500
  • HIST 1120: Origins of the Modern World Since 1500
  • HIST 2800: The Historian's Craft

In addition, you must complete 27 credit hours of upper-division history courses (2600 and higher level). SLU-Madrid students may wish to focus their elective courses on Spanish or Ibero-American history, given the rich course offerings available in these areas. Two upper-division courses in fields closely related to history may be substituted to fulfill six hours of this requirement. The same course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for more than one major or the core. The 27 credit hour requirement must include:

  • Three credit hours of European history
  • Three credit hours of pre-1865 U.S. history
    Three credit hours of post-1865 U.S. history
  • Three credit hours of non-western history, including Asian, African, Middle Eastern or Latin American
  • 12 credit hours upper-level electives (2000-level or above)
  • Three credit hours of senior seminar. The prerequisite for the seminar is two history courses 2700-level and above and instructor approval.
Internships and Careers

Students may integrate an internship into their course of study by substituting an approved historical internship for one of the required upper-level elective courses.

A study of history provides students with the analytical and reasoning skills to better understand the context of the world around them. Knowledge of history is beneficial in careers such as journalism, education, business and law.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


To be admitted to the history major, you must have at least a 2.0 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Your application and the student record are then submitted to the Department of History. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a departmental advisor.

Minor in History

The minor in history requires the completion of 21 credit hours of history coursework, which includes:

  • HIST 1110: Origins of the Modern World to 1500
  • HIST 1120: Origins of the Modern World Since 1500

Beyond HIST 1110 and HIST 1120, you’ll then need to complete 15 credit hours of history courses, including at least one course in three of the following four areas:

  • United States history
  • European history before 1500
  • European history since 1500
  • Non-Western history, including Asian, African or Latin American history

At least one of these courses must be at the 4000-level.

real-world experience

Hands-On Study of History  

The Madrid campus offers unparalleled opportunities to visit ancient and medieval cities, historic sites, monuments, archives and libraries.