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History

Major Requirements

The history major requires a minimum of ten history courses.  In addition, in order to better understand other cultures and to do research, students must successfully complete two courses in the same modern foreign language at the intermediate level or its equivalent.

Four Required Courses:

1. HIS 1119 The European Experience:  Antiquity to the Reformation 

2. Either HIS 1120 The European Experience: Early Modern to the Present or HIS 1131 The History of the World After 1500

3. HIS 3991 Introduction to Historical Methodology (taken spring of junior year)

4. HIS 4991(W) Senior Thesis (taken fall of senior year)

Six Additional Courses:

European History โ€” at least ONE of the following:

  • HIS 3350 Ancient History 
  • HIS 3360 Medieval Civilization
  • HIS 3370 Renaissance, Reformation and Exploration
  • HIS 3376 Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon
  • HIS 3378 History of Modern Britain
  • HIS 3380 Science, Technology, and Society
  • HIS 3390 Modern European Social History
  • HIS 3391 Women in Modern European History
  • HIS 3401 Topics in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • HIS 3410 Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HIS 3470 History of Imperial Russia
  • HIS 3471 From Lenin to Putin:  Russia in the Twentieth Century

United States History โ€” at least ONE of the following:

  • HIS 1106 U.S. History I: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War & Reconstruction
  • HIS 1107 U.S. History II: From Reconstruction to the Present    
  • HIS 2329 American Social History
  • HIS 3320 The American City
  • HIS 3326 Building America:  A History of American Architecture
  • HIS 3425 Contemporary United States History
  • HIS 3434 Revolutionary America, 1760-1800
  • HIS 3435 The Peoples of Early America
  • HIS 3437 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 3438 History of the Early American Republic,1800-1848
  • HIS 3525 Environmental History of North America

World History โ€“ at least ONE of the following:

  • HIS 2340 Survey of Latin American History: From Pre-Contact to the Present 
  • HIS 3330 World History since 1945
  • HIS 3365 The History of Muslim Communities, 600-1600
  • HIS 3439 Slavery and Race in Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800

In addition to taking ONE European,  ONE American, and ONE World history course as described above, majors must take at least THREE other history courses at the 2000 level or above in order to complete the major. Up to eight credits of History internship (HIS 4986 and HIS 4987) can count towards the major requirements.

*Only those History majors who are also Education majors may count both HIS 1106 and 1107 towards fulfillment of their major requirements.

Major GPA. To graduate with a major in history, a student must achieve a 2.00 grade point average in the major courses.  The GPA for the History major will be calculated by taking the average of courses designated HIS.