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.
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
Courses in Immigration and Migration Studies (IMMR) examine how migration shapes the United States and the world from historical, political, cultural, and social perspectives and from multiple disciplines. The Immigration and Migration Studies notation is geared toward students interested in studying migration's impact on global society and institutions.
The transcript notation is ideal for students considering careers in law, public policy, social work, and related fields.
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 area of concentration (see below); nine hours of history in at least two major areas other than the area of concentration; 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 Area of Concentration|
|Select an area of concentration from the following:||15|
|Select nine hours of History in at least two areas outside the Area of Concentration 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 area of concentration.
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 Area of Concentration
Students may choose an area of concentration that is either geographic, chronological, or thematic. Areas include:
- Geographic regions: Africa, Britain and Western Europe, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia, Latin and South America, Middle East, United States;
- Chronological periods: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 20th Century World;
- Themes: African-American, Economic and Business, Jewish, Military, Religious, Science and Technology, Social and Cultural, Women and Gender.