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Requirements for Graduation

There are three categories of requirements for graduation: 

1. Completion of the core requirements for all the majors in the department with the exception of those in history (social studies) education
2. The general and institutional (or University-wide) requirements
3. Other graduation requirements

Core Departmental Courses

Every student in the Department of History and Government is required to take approximately 27 credit hours, as follows:

  • GEOG 101 or 102: Elements of Geography 1 or 2
  • GOVT 130: Introduction to Political Science
  • GOVT 231: U.S. National Government
  • GOVT 342: International Relations
  • *GOVT 462: Capstone (Senior) Seminar 1
  • *GOVT 463: Capstone (Senior) Seminar 2
  • HIST 110: World Civilization to 1500
  • HIST 114: African American History to 1865
  • *HIST 497: Capstone Senior Seminar 1
  • *HIST 498: Capstone Senior Seminar 2
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy

Note: Nos. 6 and 7 are for students in government only, while Nos. 10 and 11 are for students in history (general).

Institutional/University-wide Academic Requirements

These are as follows:

  1. Communication skills (6 credit hours)
    • ENGL 101: Composition and Literature 1
    • ENGL 102: Composition and Literature 2

Note: All students at Bowie State University, regardless of their major fields of study, are required to take and pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination after they have successfully completed both ENGL 101 and 102: Composition and Literature 1 and 2. This is the student's responsibility. All transfer students who completed their English composition requirements at another institution must take and pass the BSU English Proficiency Examination during their first semester of enrollment at Bowie State University.

    1. Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
      • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
      • COMM 101: Oral Communication
      • ___: (Any other arts and humanities elective)


  1. Sciences (7-8 credit hours)
    • ___ : Courses in biology or chemistry
    • ___ : Courses in physics or physical sciences

Note: One course must have an associated laboratory experiences (for a total of 4 credits).

  1. Mathematics (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 125: College Algebra
  2. Social sciences (12 credit hours)
    • HIST 110: World Civilization to 1500
    • HIST 114: African-American History to 1865
    • ___: (Any other two social science electives)

Note: Students must take and pass four courses in this category. The academic disciplines that fall within the social sciences are as follows: anthropology, economics, geography, history (see HIST 110 and 114), government (or political science), psychology, social work, sociology, etc. So students must take two other classes in addition to the mandatory HIST 110 and 114.

  1. Emerging issues (3 credit hours)
    • COSC 110: Computer Literacy and Applications
    • COSC 112 or 113: Computer Science 1 or 2

Other institutional/University-wide requirements are:

  • FRSE 101: Freshman Orientation
  • HEED 102: Life and Health or
  • IDIS 390: Contemporary Health Issues for Women

Other graduation requirements

    1. Foreign language: Students in the BA program must take and pass, with a grade of C or better, 12 semester hours of a second language other than English. In some cases, a foreign language proficiency examination may be substituted for the course requirement. Students who are in the BS degree program do not need this language requirement.

    2. Other related requirements (9 credit hours): Students in the department are also required to take these courses:
      • ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics or
      • ECON 212: Principles pf Microeconomics
      • ENGL 255: Advanced Composition or
      • ENGL 361: Technical Report Writing
      • PSYC 204: Elem Statistics in Psychology or
      • SOCI 309: Elem Statistics in Sociology
    3. Senior Thesis Paper: Students must write a thesis paper in their senior year. They must, in consultation with and proper advisement from the history or government program coordinators, register for HIST 498 or GOVT 463 (Capstone Senior Seminar 2) and work closely with the faculty supervisor of their choice. 

      Students are required to obtain the manual of instruction for writing the thesis paper from the department's administrative assistant and familiarize themselves with the necessary protocols.


    1. Comprehensive examination: Students must take HIST 497 or GOVT 462 (Capstone Seminar 1) and pass the written Departmental Comprehensive Examination in their respective fields of concentration during the senior year. Students, in preparation for the examination, should try to obtain sample questions from their respective program coordinators or faculty advisors.


    1. Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination: All majors must take and pass this exam after successful completion of ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, Composition and Literature I and II. Transfer students who completed their English composition requirements at another university should take the English Proficiency Examination during their first semester of enrollment at Bowie State.


  1. History education (social studies). Students who choose to major in this field must take the PRAXIS 1 and PRAXIS 2 standardized tests, and achieve the passing score as stipulated by the Maryland State Department of Education in order to be certified by the state of Maryland. A passing score on the PRAXIS examinations is also a prerequisite for several courses in the professional sequence, including methods courses and student teaching. Finally, a passing score on PRAXIS 2 is required for graduation.