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Major in History


The History Major requires 11 four-credit courses (or their equivalent) for 44 credits total.

Lower Division Courses (4 courses):

Survey Courses (Choose one):

  • HIST - 110 European Civilization
  • HIST - 120 History of the U.S.
  • HIST - 125 African American History

Survey Courses (Choose one):

  • HIST - 130 East Asian Civilizations
  • HIST - 135 Indian Civilization
  • HIST - 140 Latin American Perspectives
  • HIST - 150 Modern African History

Required Methods Course:

  • HIST - 210 Historical Methods
Elective Methods Course (Choose a second 200-level course)

Upper Division Courses (7 courses):

    • Areas of Emphasis are: European, African, Asian, European, Islamic World, Latin America, and United States History.
    • Students who choose area(s) of emphasis for which they have not taken the survey-level course(s) above may include the appropriate survey course(s) in the upper-division list below.
    • Students may take additional 200-level classes for upper-division credit in their area(s) of emphasis.

Track One: One Area of Emphasis

  1. Three courses in area of emphasis
  2. Three electives (outside of area)
  3. Seminar in  area of emphasis

Track Two: Two Areas of Emphasis

  1. Three courses in first area of emphasis
  2. Three courses in second area of emphasis
  3. Seminar in area of emphasis

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.A. in History

Students will be able to:

    • demonstrate a basic understanding of a significant span of history over a wide geographic area;
    • articulate in writing and discussion their understanding of the ways significant historical forces (e.g., colonization, industrialization, war, social movements) shape the development of societies and civilizations;
    • exhibit historical consciousness by understanding past societies and civilizations in their own contexts and times;
    • demonstrate a sense of how historical thinking can establish a valuable framework for considering ethical issues int the past and present;
    • demonstrate a substantive understanding of human history across a number of time periods and/or geographic settings;
    • become acquainted with the historical method through analyzing historical documents, evaluating historical interpretations, and understanding historiography;
    • conduct and present their own historical research;
    • partake in the cosmopolitan spirit of the University, striving to increase their intellectual and moral sensitivity to differences of religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and nationality that are often misunderstood.