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History Program Requirements

The Major in History 

The following requirements for the major in History were introduced in the 2014-2015 college catalog.

Ten courses (30 credits) total, which must include the following:

  • HIS 1034:  World History I: Before 1500
  • HIS 1036:  World History II: Since 1500

  • One course in each of any three of the following regional areas:


           Asia and the Middle East


           Latin America and the Caribbean

           North America

  • Two upper-level seminars (3000-level; to be taken with different professors).

  • HIS 3160 Senior Colloquium (guides seniors through completion of a senior evaluation research project to be supervised by a full-time faculty member of the department; (Fall semester, 3 credits).  In special circumstances, HIS 3998 Senior Evaluation (3 cr.) may be taken as an alternate equivalent on permission of the department.

A maximum of one independent study project (3 credits) and one internship project (3 credits) may be counted aselective courses toward the major.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade and must receive a grade of C- or better.

Transfer or Advanced Placement credits counting toward the major are limited to two courses (or 6 credits).

History Major Honors Sequence

The History Major Honors Track includes an additional required course, History and Historians (3 cr.) [offered in alternate Spring semesters], and requires the completion of the Senior Honors Thesis during the Senior Colloquium for a total of 33 required major credits. The Senior Colloquium and the required thesis complete the Senior Evaluation major requirement. Honors History majors must complete the Honors Track sequence for eligibility for Departmental Honors at graduation. Honors are awarded to graduating majors who have earned a G.P.A. of 3.6 or higher in their required courses and who have completed an outstanding Senior Honors Thesis.