Requirements for the History Major (9 Credits)

9 courses; no more than 2 at the 100-level; at least 4 at the 300-400 level

Distribution Requirements:

1) Geographic Distribution (3)*

Students must complete one credit from at least three of the following categories:

  • United States
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Comparative
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

2) Temporal Distribution (2)*

Students must complete at least one credit from each of the following categories:

  • Pre-modern
  • Modern

* Note: A single course can count toward both the Geographic Distribution Requirement and the Temporal Requirement.

Methods Requirement (1)

Students must complete at least one credit from the following list:

Senior Capstone Experience (1)

**Note: HIST 453W may count as the capstone experience only when it is taken during the senior year and when the student has already completed HIST 221W or HIST 444W for the methods requirement.

Note: HUM 497W may not fulfill the requirement for the Senior Experience if it has already been used to do so in another major.

Credit and Concentration Requirements

The major consists of 9 credits, including not more than five lower-division credits of which a maximum of two may be at the 100 level. At least four credits must be at the 300 and 400 levels. By the end of the sophomore year, students will choose an area of concentration (e.g. a thematic, periodic or geographic focus, an intellectual, social or comparative emphasis) in consultation with and approved by the major advisor. The concentration should consist of a minimum of three credits at the 200 level and above, plus the Senior Capstone Experience. The department encourages all majors to study a language related to their area of emphasis and to study abroad; credits earned overseas may be approved for credit within the major, subject to the consent of the department chair.

Requirements for the History Minor (5 Credits)

Students must take 1 course in at least 2 of the following areas:

  • United States
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Comparative
  • Latin America
  • Middle East/Africa

No more than 2 credits may be at the 100-level. At least two 300/400 level courses must be completed.

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