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An education in history will prepare you to participate knowledgeably in the world around you on a local, national, and global level.  As a History major, we see you developing the ability to recognize and respond to continuity and change over time, building the skillset to analyze and make connections, growing into confident communicators, and strengthening your intellectual independence. 

As a history major, you’ll get hands-on training and experience starting in your first year. You ll be able to learn from and collaborate with historians, archivists, librarians, and museum professionals, and discover the many fields in which history and historical methods are applied in the world.

Students interested in Secondary Education with a Social Studies concentration can satisfy the Social Studies concentration component by double majoring in History. 

This program is also available as a minor.

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Core Requirements for the History Major (15 credits)

HIS 107 European  History to 1660 3 credits
HIS 108 European  History Since 1660 3 credits
HIS 121 Survey of US History I 3 credits
HIS 122 Survey of US History II 3 credits
HIS 350 Research Seminar (Capstone) or designated capstone course 3 credits

Plus complete coursework as indicated below from the following categories:

American History (6 credits)

Choose TWO from the below:

HIS 221 The Revolution and the Early Republic 3 credits
HIS 223 The Civil War and Reconstruction 3 credits
HIS 214 Topics in American Political History 3 credits
HIS 231 History of American Popular Culture 3 credits
PSC 110 American Politics 3 credits

History in an International Context (9 credits)

Choose THREE from the below:

HIS 117: Introduction to Hispanic American History and Culture (cross-listed as SPA 217) 3 credits
HIS 224 America as a World Power 3 credits
HIS 259 Topics in World History 3 credits
PSC 120 Introduction to International Relations 3 credits
PSC 206 Topics in Comparative Politics 3 credits
PSC 232 American Foreign Policy 3 credits

History of Groups and Identities (6 credits)

Choose TWO from the below:

HIS 207 History of Women 3 credits
HIS 232 The African-American Freedom Struggle 3 credits
HIS 249 Topics in American History (when offered with appropriate topic; consult with advisor) 3 credits
HIS 259 Topics in World History (when offered with appropriate topic, consult with advisor; can only be repeated for credit with approval of advisor) 3 credits
PSC 264: Women’s Issues Around the World 3 credits

Interdisciplinary History (3 credits)

Choose ONE from the below:

HIS 135 Introduction to Museum Studies 3 credits
ART 105 Introduction to Art History I 3 credits
ART 106 Introduction to Art History II 3 credits
ART 200 Modern Art 1880-1945 3 credits
ART 220 Women Artists 3 credits
COM 245 Topics in Popular Culture 3 credits
THS 231 Western Theatre from 400 BCE to 1660 CE 3 credits
THS 232 Western Theatre from 1600-2021 3 credits

In consultation with their major advisor, students may reduce by 3 credits the requisite number of credits in a category other than the core to allow the student to take an additional course in a different category.  In consultation with their major advisor, students may also be able to count other courses than those listed above towards the satisfaction of the category coursework; this may be the case, for instance, if new courses are offered by the department, if the student takes a course offered by an affiliated provider, or if the student takes coursework in history as part of a study abroad experience.

Additionally, while not required, history majors are encouraged to take more than the minimum number of credits in a category of interest or to prepare for anticipated professional plans or graduate study.  Students are also encouraged to declare an additional major or minor that may complement the program of study in history and/or contribute to the student’s plans, post-graduation.  Pursuing one or more internships within the general field of history is also highly recommended and may be discussed with the student’s major advisor.

Requirements for the History Minor (18 credits)

Two history courses at the 100 level and at least four courses at the 200 level.  In selecting the courses that will constitute the minor, the student should develop a well-thought-out combination that reflects the student’s intellectual interest in the discipline of history, the skills the student wants to master, and how the history minor will add strength to the student’s overall undergraduate education.  Except in rare instances, no more than two courses taken for the minor may also count towards a student’s completion of an academic major.

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