History/JD Degree Accelerated, BA

Bachelor of Arts in History/Juris Doctor Degree Accelerated (340003BA) 

The BA/JD degree is an accelerated program which allows highly qualified and disciplined students to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts in History and a Juris Doctor degree in six years (178 credits) instead of the usual seven (208 credits) by counting 29 credits from the first year of law school toward the bachelor’s degree. 

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the program as a freshman requires an ACT of 25 (SAT of 980) and a high school GPA of 3.4; admission of transfer and ICT students requires a GPA of 3.4, thus seeking to attract higher performing students. Any University of Akron History majors may apply for inclusion into the 3+3 program at the same time they apply for admission to the History BA program, or anytime while enrolled as a History major at the University of Akron. Admission to the BA/JD accelerated program does not constitute admission to the Law School, which requires a separate application during the third year of the undergraduate degree. University of Akron History majors participating in the joint 3+3 program who have completed the equivalent of three years or more of a baccalaureate degree will be admitted into the University of Akron School of Law so long as they:

1. are in good standing academically, financially, and from a disciplinary perspective in the History BA program;

2. satisfy the character and fitness standards required of all students admitted to the Law School;

3. have an LSAT that is at or above the 25th percentile of the previous year’s entering class, and not below a 151 (GRE results can be considered if no LSAT score is available); and

4. have an undergraduate grade point average at or above the median of the previous University of Akron Law School entering class. History majors who are not enrolled in the 3+3 program, or who do not meet the automatic admission criteria set forth above will still be considered for admission into the Law School on a case-by-case basis.

The following information has official approval of The Department of History, The School of Law and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.



General Education Requirements36
College of Arts & Sciences Requirements14
History Core 3
History Distribution Requirements18
History Electives11
School of Law Requirements29
Additional Credits for Graduation *9
Total Hours120

Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Students admitted to University of Akron School of Law will receive BA in History after completing the first year of law school.

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

College of Arts & Sciences Requirements

Degree requirements in Arts & Sciences include the demonstration of ability to use another language by completion of the second year of a foreign language.
2 Year Language Proficiency14
101 Beginning I
102 Beginning II
201 Intermediate I
202 Intermediate II
Survey of Deaf Culture in America (American Sign Language option only)
Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops

History Core

HIST:310Historical Methods3
Total Hours3

History Distribution Requirements 

Note: A minimum of two courses from two different fields (6 credits total) must be taken at the 400 level.
Select at least six credits in each of the following fields:
Field I (United States)6
HIST:250U.S. History to 1877
HIST:251U.S. History since 1877
HIST:345Native North American History
HIST:350U.S. Women's History
HIST:355American Religious History
HIST:360United States Military History
HIST:371Selected Topics: North American History
HIST:382The Vietnam War
HIST:417Latin America and the United States
HIST:451Colonial American History
HIST:452American Revolutionary Era
HIST:453The Early American Republic
HIST:454Civil War & Reconstruction, 1850-1877
HIST:455Origins of Modern America, 1877-1917
HIST:456America in World Wars & Depression, 1917-1945
HIST:457The United States since 1945
HIST:461The United States as a World Power
HIST:463United States Constitutional History
HIST:467History of American Pop Culture
HIST:470Ohio History
HIST:471American Environmental History
HIST:484Museums and Archives
HIST:485History, Communities, and Memory
HIST:487Science and Technology in World History
HIST:493Special Studies: North American History
Field II (Europe)6
HIST:210Humanities in the Western Tradition from Ancient Times to 1500
HIST:308Ancient Greece: from Stone Age to the Hellenistic Empires
HIST:313Eastern Roman Empire (324-1453)
HIST:317Roman Republic
HIST:319Medieval Europe, 500-1200
HIST:320Medieval Europe, 1200-1500
HIST:321Europe: Renaissance to Religious Wars, 1350-1610
HIST:322Europe: Absolutism to Revolution, 1610-1789
HIST:323Europe from Revolution to World War, 1789-1914
HIST:324Europe from World War I to the Present
HIST:337France from Napoleon to Degaulle
HIST:338England to 1688
HIST:339England Since 1688
HIST:372Selected Topics: European History
HIST:405War and Politics in the Renaissance
HIST:409Imperial Spain, 1469-1700
HIST:424The Renaissance
HIST:425The Reformation
HIST:429Europe in the French Revolutionary Era-1789-1815
HIST:440Tudor & Stuart Britain, 1485-1714
HIST:443Churchill's England
HIST:495Special Studies: European History
Field III (Global, Latin America. Asia, Middle East)6
HIST:200Empires of the Ancient World
HIST:221Humanities in the World since 1300
HIST:294Global Societies: India
HIST:296Global Societies: Latin America
HIST:297Global Societies: Middle East
HIST:307The Ancient Near East
HIST:351Global History: Encounters and Conflicts
HIST:378Spanish Conquest and Colonization of the Americas
HIST:379Modern Latin America
HIST:395Modern Iran
HIST:396Iraq in Historical Perspective
HIST:410History and Film
HIST:416Modern India
HIST:472Empire, Genocide, and Mass Violence
HIST:483History in Video Games
HIST:496Special Studies in History: Other
HIST:498Race, Nation, and Class in the Middle East
HIST:499Women and Gender in Middle Eastern Societies
Total Hours18

History Electives 

Select 11 credits of the following:11
Courses listed below count towards General Education requirements
HIST:200Empires of the Ancient World
HIST:210Humanities in the Western Tradition from Ancient Times to 1500
HIST:221Humanities in the World since 1300
HIST:250U.S. History to 1877
HIST:251U.S. History since 1877
HIST:323Europe from Revolution to World War, 1789-1914
HIST:350U.S. Women's History

School of Law Requirements 

The following courses from the School of Law fulfill the elective requirements for the History BA.
LAWX:601Civil Procedure - Federal Jurisdiction3
LAWX:602Civil Procedure - Federal Litigation3
LAWX:607Criminal Law3
LAWX:619Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing I (LARW I)3
LAWX:620Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (LARW II)3
LAWX:676Legislation and Regulation2
Total Hours29
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
Writing requirement 3
Arts/Humanities requirement 3
Social Science requirement 3
Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic requirement 3
MODL:101 Beginning Modern Language I 4
Spring Semester
Writing requirement 3
Arts/Humanities requirement 3
Natural Science requirement 3
Social Science requirement 3
MODL:102 Beginning Modern Language II 4
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Speaking requirement 3
Arts/Humanities requirement 3
Natural Science Requirement 4
Domestic Diversity requirement 3
MODL:201 Intermediate Modern Language I 3
Spring Semester
Global Diversity requirement 3
MODL:202 Intermediate Modern Language II 3
HIST:310 Historical Methods 3
History Field I requirement 3
History Field II requirement 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
History Field I requirement 3
History Field II requirement 3
History Field III requirement 3
History Field III requirement 3
History 400-level course 3
Spring Semester
Integrated and Applied Learning requirement 3
History 400-level course 3
History Elective 3
History Elective 4
4th Year
Fall Semester
LAWX:601 Civil Procedure - Federal Jurisdiction 3
LAWX:611 Contracts 4
LAWX:619 Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing I (LARW I) 3
LAWX:625 Torts 4
Spring Semester
LAWX:602 Civil Procedure - Federal Litigation 3
LAWX:607 Criminal Law 3
LAWX:620 Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (LARW II) 3
LAWX:645 Property 4
LAWX:676 Legislation and Regulation 2
 Total Hours120