Major Curriculum

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Major Requirements


The Department of History is organized into 10 fields of study. For the purposes of the undergraduate major, these fields are divided into two categories, reflecting a Western or non-Western orientation. Some courses can provide credit in either category.

Category I

  • Ancient
  • Medieval
  • Modern Western Europe
  • Russia/Eastern Europe
  • United States

Category II

  • Africa and Middle East
  • East Asia
  • Latin America
  • Native America

Credit Hours & Courses

The minimum requirement for a major in history consists of 36 credit hours representing both Categories I and II, as follows:

  1. HIST 301 The Historian's Craft
  2. A Minimum of four courses (12 hours), each, in Category I or Category II
  3.  HIST 696: Senior Research Seminar or HIST 690/691: Honors Thesis Seminar
  4. A minimum of 21 hours (excluding HIST 301 & HIST 696) must be at taken at 300-699 level. At least six of these hours are required to be at the 500-699 level. (i.e., no more than 9 hours, 3 courses, numbered 100-299)

Exceptions to any of the above requirements must be by petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

We urge every major to work closely with an advisor to develop a coherent course of study that reflects his or her intellectual interests. Only two courses are required for all majors. The historical methods course, History 301 (The Historian’s Craft), is ideally taken as soon as the student decides to major in history and must be completed before a student can register for the second required course, History 696 (Senior Research Seminar). HIST 696 is normally taken during the senior year. Students with at least a 3.5 grade-point average in history may also apply to complete a 2-semester Honors Thesis class (HIST 690 and HIST 691) instead of HIST 696.