The Department of History seeks to broaden the student's cultural background through the study of history and to provide preparation for those interested in publishing, teaching, museum work, law, journalism, civil service, military, archival and library work, diplomacy, business school, and graduate study.
Undergraduate advisors assist each major in planning a curriculum to meet his or her personal interests. We expect students to meet with a history undergraduate advisor once every semester.
Courses offered by the Department of History may be found under the acronym HIST.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to distinguish among a variety of genres of primary and secondary historical texts (e.g. documents, monographs, letters, novels, film, political cartoons, essays) and use them appropriately and effectively in academic work.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct research using primary and secondary sources including archival, print and non-print, and web-based texts.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to define and defend a historical thesis.
Requirements for the History major are 39 hours of history course work distributed as follows: 12 hours in 1xx or 2xx-level introductory courses selected from at least two general geographical fields of history and including HIST208; 15 hours in one major field of specialization (see below); nine hours of history in at least two major areas other than the field of specialization; HIST408. 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 (3xx or 4xx) level. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
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.
AP and IB credits are accepted.
|HIST208||Historical Research and Methods Seminar||3|
|Select at least one course in two geographical fields at the 1xx or 2xx-level 1||9|
|Major Field of Specialization|
|Select a field of specialization from the following:||15|
|Select nine hours of History in at least two fields outside the Field of Specialization 2||9|
|HIST408||Senior Seminar 3||3|
|Supporting Courses Outside History|
|Select 9 credits at the 3xx or 4xx - level in appropriate supporting courses 4||9|
In considering courses that will fulfill this requirement, students are encouraged to:
Will be taken in the senior year and may be inside or outside the field of specialization.
To be taken at the 3xx or 4xx-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.
Major field of Specialization
Students may choose a field of specialization that is either geographic or thematic:
- Geographic: Africa and the African Diaspora; Europe, Britain, and Russia; Global Interaction and Exchange; Latin America and the Caribbean; North Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia; South and East Asia; United States
- Thematic: Cultural and Intellectual History; Economies, Labor, and Capitalism; Empires and Colonialism; Social Change and Social Movements; Politics, Law, and Government; Race and Ethnicity; Religion and Society; Science, Technology, Medicine, and the Environment; War, Peace, and Society; Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Individualized Pathway