History Major

See Also:

History Minor

History Major Learning Outcomes

A student who successfully completes a major in History will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of particular historical contexts;
  • Analyze historical sources;
  • Understand how historians interpret the past;
  • Develop an historian's skills, including reading, writing, speaking, and critical inquiry;
  • Be able to execute guided and independent research projects, up to and including the Senior Comprehensive Project in History.

The History Major

The major in History leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree and requires successful completion of 46 semester credit hours of coursework in History, distributed as follows:

Communication in a Discipline: History

FSHIS 201 - Communication in a Discipline: History


The FSHIS 201 course does not satisfy the European History, American History, or non-Western History requirement listed above.

Senior Project (6 Credit Hours):

Which consists of:

HIST 600 - Senior Project I
HIST 610 - Senior Project II

A minimum of at least four courses numbered 300 or above:

  • A minimum of at least four courses (16 credit hours) that, excluding Junior Seminars and Senior Projects, are numbered 300 or above.


Unclassified electives (not counting toward the requirement in European, American or non-Western history) include: HIST 502, HIST 504 and HIST 506.

RELST 144 - Modern Islamic Movements may also be counted towards the History major as a course in non-Western history or an elective.

With the approval of the department, HIST 590 (Independent Study) may be counted toward the European, American or non-Western requirement, depending on the subject studied. HIST 590 may also be counted as one of the courses meeting the 300 or above requirement, depending on the level of difficulty and the approach taken.

History majors are required to have a GPA of at least 2.0 in History at graduation. All courses presented for the major are normally taken on a letter-grade basis except for courses transferred in by incoming students and courses completed in study away programs.

A maximum of two transferred courses (eight credit hours) taken at institutions of higher learning or at secondary institutions through the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs may normally be counted toward the major. As the History Department strongly encourages its students to participate in study abroad and other study away programs, it will apply a maximum degree of flexibility to insure that students receive necessary credits for their participation in such programs.

For purposes of graduation, if a student completes more than the minimum number of courses required, the higher grade(s) will be counted in the calculation of the major grade point average, provided that the departmental distribution requirements are met.

Students must enroll in HIST 600 and HIST 610 in consecutive terms. Students may enroll in HIST 600 during the spring semester of their junior year and HIST 610 in the fall semester of their senior year, or they may enroll in HIST 600 during the fall semester and HIST 610 during the spring semester of their senior year. Students must pass HIST 600 before enrolling in HIST 610.

The History Department strongly encourages proficiency in a foreign language and enrollment in courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Language study is particularly valuable for students who are considering graduate studies in History.

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