History Major (B.A.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements36
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements36
Free Electives45-39
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Introductory Sequence
Writing Requirement
HIST 100The Study of History3
American History Required Course
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
or HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876
European History Required Course
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Non Western History Required Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Introduction to World History Since 1500
Elective Sequence
Select the 4 requirements from the list (see below)12
Research Sequence
Seminar
HIST 400Capstone in History3
Electives
Select Research Sequence electives from the list below.9
Total Credits36

Elective Sequence

Non-Western Elective
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Introduction to World History Since 1500
Communist Revolution in China
Politics, Society, and Cinema in the Modern Middle East
Special Topics in History (only if section addresses a Non-Western subject)
Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film (only if section addresses a Non-Western subject)
Research Seminar (only if section addresses a Non-Western subject)
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women and Gender in the Middle East: Past and Present
Seminar in Latin American History
History of Mexico
200 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
The Crusades
History of the United States Civil War
Race and Ethnicity in United States History
Native American History
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
History of United States Foreign Relations
U.S. Women’s History
Italian America Past and Present
African American History
Political History of the United States
Communist Revolution in China
Politics, Society, and Cinema in the Modern Middle East
History of Public Health in the United States
Science Technology and Society
Special Topics in History
Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film
Introduction to Digital History
Historical Thinking and Communication
History Study Abroad
200-300 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
The Crusades
History of the United States Civil War
Race and Ethnicity in United States History
Native American History
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
History of United States Foreign Relations
U.S. Women’s History
Italian America Past and Present
African American History
Political History of the United States
Communist Revolution in China
Politics, Society, and Cinema in the Modern Middle East
History of Public Health in the United States
Science Technology and Society
Special Topics in History
Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film
Introduction to Digital History
Historical Thinking and Communication
History Study Abroad
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
American Urban History Since 1880
History of American Workers Since 1860
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women and Gender in the Middle East: Past and Present
Seminar in Latin American History
History of Mexico
Frontiers and Borderlands of the Americas
History of the Mass-Communication Media in the United States
300 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
American Urban History Since 1880
History of American Workers Since 1860
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women and Gender in the Middle East: Past and Present
Seminar in Latin American History
History of Mexico
Frontiers and Borderlands of the Americas
History of the Mass-Communication Media in the United States
Total Credits12

Research Sequence Electives

300-400 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
American Urban History Since 1880
History of American Workers Since 1860
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women and Gender in the Middle East: Past and Present
Seminar in Latin American History
History of Mexico
Frontiers and Borderlands of the Americas
History of the Mass-Communication Media in the United States
Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
History of Capitalism in the United States
U.S. Immigration History
Independent Study European History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Independent Study in American History
Cultural and Intellectual History of the United States Since 1880
The Philosophy of History
European Social History
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
Food, Drugs, and Society in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
American Colonial History 1607-1763
American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1828
The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877
The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1920
The Rise and Decline of the New Deal Order: United States Politics and Society, 1920·1980
Internship in History
Capstone in Public History
Oral History Methods and Analysis
Archives and Publics: Theory and Practice
Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping
Special Topics in History
400 Level Electives
Select two of the following:6
Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
History of Capitalism in the United States
U.S. Immigration History
Independent Study European History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Independent Study in American History
Cultural and Intellectual History of the United States Since 1880
The Philosophy of History
European Social History
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
Food, Drugs, and Society in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
American Colonial History 1607-1763
American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1828
The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877
The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1920
The Rise and Decline of the New Deal Order: United States Politics and Society, 1920·1980
Internship in History
Capstone in Public History
Oral History Methods and Analysis
Archives and Publics: Theory and Practice
Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping
Special Topics in History
Total Credits9

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Fulfilled in the major.
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
Fulfilled in the major.
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits36

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Fulfilled in the major.
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Introduction to World History Since 1500
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION (A) New Student Seminar: GNED 199 1
GENERAL EDUCATION (C1) Writing: WRIT 105 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (C3) Communication: CMST 101 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
HIST 100 The Study of History 3
HIST 103
Foundations of Western Civilization
or Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
or Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
HIST 117
History of the United States to 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876
3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
World Language I 3
World Cultures 3
Non-Western History Elective I 3
200 Level Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Language II 3
Non-Western History Elective II 3
200-300 Level Major Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics 3
300 Level Major Elective 3
Free Elective/Minor course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
300-400 Level Research Sequence Elective 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
HIST 400 Capstone in History 3
400-Level Research Sequence Elective I 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Spring
400 Level Research Sequence Elective II 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120