Major in History

As a broadly based liberal arts degree, the major emphasizes the development of critical thinking and communication skills as well as the acquisition of historical perspective. Our graduates prepare themselves for a wide variety of positions in government, education, and business. A B.A. in History can also lead to graduate work in a variety of fields and serve as a sound foundation for law school.

All history majors will be required to take 36 credits in history as indicated in the requirements below. Freshmen will normally not take courses above the 100 or 200 level. It is expected that each history major will consult regularly with his or her advisor in formulating a program of study that will help to fulfill his or her educational and career goals.

Requirements

Select one group from the following:

  • HST 101 - History of Western Civilization I 3 credits
  • HST 102 - History of Western Civilization II 3 credits

OR

  • HST 103 - World History I 3 credits
  • HST 104 - World History II 3 credits
  • HST 201 - Critical Skills for the History Major 3 credits

Additional Requirements

27 credit-hours of history courses, to be divided in the following manner:

  • Six credits in U.S. History - 6 credits (above the 100 level)
  • Six credits in European History - 6 credits (above the 100 level)
  • Six credits in "other" history - 6 credits (e.g., Latin America, Asia,Near East, Africa, Ancient)
  • Three credits in a history seminar - 3 credits
  • Six credits of history electives - 6 credits

Total credits: 36

Note: No more than a total of 12 credits may be taken at the 100 level.

Department General Education Requirements

The department has determined the following areas of the General Education requirement for its students:

Area E

Students should select a course from the published list of available courses that satisfy this requirement.

Area I, Tier 2

Satisfied by a history seminar, HST 401, 402 or 403.

Area W, Tier 2

Satisfied by a history seminar, HST 401, 402 or 403.

Area O

Satisfied by a history seminar, HST 401, 402 or 403.

 

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