Build the skills you need with our excellent history core, then range through our many electives, exploring your interests and opening doors to your career goals.

As a History major, you and your departmental advisor will design a program that fits your interests in history and related areas, your vocational goals, and the demands of historical study. While foreign language is not required for History majors, we encourage you to study one. Talk to your departmental advisor early in your college career about a language, modern or classical, that fits your goals.

To make you a well-rounded historian, your program will include at least one course on a period before 1500 and at least one course on a period after 1500.

Generally in your senior year you will take History 394, the research seminar, in conjunction with a 300-level course in your field of interest. Together, these courses will enable you to use primary sources to write an article-length senior thesis paper on a topic of interest to you. Besides History 394 and 395, you will take at least two courses at the 300 level.

You can take one upper-level interim course as an elective in any of the History majors or minors.

(31 semester hours)

  • One from:
    • HIST-151 History of the West and the World
    • HIST-152 History of the West and the World II
  • One 200 or 300 level American course:
    • HIST-229 U.S.A.
    • HIST-251 Early America
    • HIST-252 America from Republic to Empire
    • HIST-253 Recent America
    • HIST-255 African-American History
    • HIST-258 U.S. Military History
    • HIST-259 American Economic & Business History
    • HIST-353 Culture Wars: A Religious Study (Studeis in US Religious and Intellectual History
    • HIST-356 American Social and Cultural History
    • HIST-358 Native American History (Studies in the North American West>
  • One 200 or 300 level European course:
  • One 200 or 300 level World course:
  • HIST-294 Research Method of History
  • Choose:
  • HIST-395 Historiographical Perspectives
  • Electives (minimum of 11 semester hours)

Requirements for all majors

  • One from: 
    • HIST-151 History of the West and the World I
    • HIST-152 History of the West and the World II

with a minimum grade of a C

  • One from a period before 1500:
    • HIST-151 History of the West and the World I
    • HIST-261 Ancient Mediterranean
    • HIST-262 Early Medieval Worlds, 300-1000
    • HIST-263 Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 1000-1500
    • HIST-362 Studies in Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • One from a period after 1500
  • Two 300-level courses in addition to the required HIST-394 and HIST-395
  • Elective credit may be met by an interim W40 or 280 history course

If you wish to graduate with honors, you will need to be accepted into the honors program early in your program.


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