The History Major

An undergraduate advisor assists each major in planning a curriculum to meet his or her personal interests. We encourage students to meet with an advisor, both in the department and in the College of Arts and Humanities, once every semester.

History Major Requirements

Requirements for the History major are 39 hours of history course work distributed as follows: 12 hours in 100-200 level introductory courses selected from at least two general geographical fields of history and including History 208; 15 hours in one major area of concentration (see below); 9 hours of history in at least two major areas other than the area of concentration; History 408. All courses for the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C-, and 21 hours of the 39 total hours must be at the junior-senior (300-400) level.

At least one course (three credits), must be taken from an approved list of courses on regions outside both Europe and the U.S. The list may be obtained from the History Undergraduate Advisor's Office.

I. Introductory Courses

  1. The requirement is 12 hours at the 100-200 level taken in at least two geographical fields.
  2. One of these must be History 208
  3. In considering courses that will fulfill this requirement, students are encouraged to:
  • select at least two courses in a sequence;
  • select at least one course before 1500 and one course after 1500;
  • sample both regional and topical course offerings. Students will normally take one or more introductory courses within the major area of concentration.

II. Major Area of Concentration

  1. The requirement is 15 hours.
  2. Students may choose an area of concentration that is either geographical, chronological, or thematic. Areas include:
  • Geographic regions: Latin America, Middle East, Britain and Western Europe, the United States, East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia;
  • Chronological periods: ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern;
  • Themes: science and technology, social and cultural, women and gender, African-American, Jewish, military, religious, business, and economic.

III. Nine hours of history in at least two areas Outside the Area of Concentration

  1. Students are encouraged to select mainly upper-level courses.
  2. Students are encouraged to consider regional diversity.

IV. Capstone

History 408 will be taken in the junior or senior year and may be inside or outside the area of concentration.

V. Supporting Courses (outside of the history department)

Nine credits at the 300-400 level in appropriate supporting courses; the courses do not all have to be in the same department. Supporting courses should study some aspect of culture and society as taught by other disciplines. A minimum grade of C- is required. An approved list of supporting courses can be obtained from the undergraduate history office.

A.P. and I.B. credits are accepted.