BA in History

BA in History

The History major at NU aims at being a model for rigorous, pluralistic and research-led institution in History of Kazakhstan. Students who choose the major in History will gain a sound knowledge of regional and global history across a variety of sub-disciplines and appreciation of how the past shapes current phenomena. Furthermore, students are trained to critically evaluate, select and process information, to communicate fluently and in sophisticated way both orally and in writing, and to work autonomously and responsibly.

About

The B.A. in History will prepare you to assess evidence, evaluate other people’s arguments, make up your own mind, and express your views in a sophisticated and compelling way.

You will not be expected to remember a long list of names and dates. Instead, you will learn how to use historical sources in order to understand how societies function. For example, by looking at how modern industry developed, you will be able to explore the relationship between economic change, the environment, and public policy. Similarly, by examining interethnic relations in the past, you will be able to analyze how multicultural societies such as Kazakhstan work today.

More broadly, you will learn to understand sophisticated texts and to formulate your own arguments in a clear and convincing manner. Through the study of History you will improve your written and oral communication skills in English. You will search for information and evaluate evidence, which you will then present in a variety of formats. With a degree in History, you will be able to:

– Distill, process and communicate information to others in English
– Analyze information and compose original arguments
– Understand how societies worked in the past and apply that knowledge to current situations
– Assess other people’s arguments and advance your views in a clear and convincing manner
– Understand the diversity of cultures, societies, and belief systems

Requirements

FOR GRADUATES OR CURRENT STUDENTS OF IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM

English Language Requirements
IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score)
or
TOEFL IBT – 79-93 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21)
or
TOEFL PBT** – 574-599

Academic Requirements

(Minimum requirements for IB DP scores)
not less than 30 total score and 4, 4, 5 for 3 subjects of HL

GRADUATES OR STUDENTS OF THE FINAL YEAR

English Language Requirements
IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score)
or
TOEFL IBT – 79-93 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21)
or
TOEFL PBT* – 574-599

Academic Requirements

(Minimum requirements for SAT Reasoning Test и ACT)

SAT Reasoning Test – no less than 1240. Essay is required, no minimum score
OR
ACT – composite score no less than 27. Writing part is required, no minimum score

Duration

4 years

Work after graduation

Law
Management consultancy
Civil service
Marketing
Diplomacy
Financial services and analysis
Journalism
School teaching
Academic teaching and research

Program outline

BA program runs 4 years (8 semesters) where you are required to complete 240 ECTS credits.

History requirements:
Any two elementary courses at the 100 level
Three General History Electives
History electives
Senior Capstone

Distribution requirements:
Two Kazakh courses
History of Kazakhstan
Philosophy/Religion
Rhetoric and Composition
Social Science electives
Natural Sciences and Math
Any courses from SHSS, SST or SEng