History Major

Since the present was forged in the past, the study of history is uniquely suited to enable us to comprehend and deal with the modern world. A major in History promotes critical thinking, data analysis and communication skills. It also provides excellent preparation for careers in professional fields such as business, law, journalism, government and education. In addition to a wide range of courses and the opportunity to undertake directed studies, the Department of History offers both a major and minor. Students participate in broadly based and globally oriented study through a concentration in one of two fields: regional history (American, European, Asian or Latin American/Caribbean) or thematic history (e.g., social, economic or military history.) The major consists of eight courses beyond the General Education Core disciplinary requirement. It also includes a required Business Studies Major or Minor. In consultation with an advisor, the student plans a program of courses fulfilling the following requirements:

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
A minimum of four courses in a field of regional concentration, either American, European, Asian or Latin American/Caribbean, or in a thematic area in history such as economic history, social history or war and society (at least two of these courses must be at the 300 level)12
Two unrestricted history electives6
A minimum of one course in non-Western history or, if the area is non-Western, one Western history course3
HI 402Seminar in History3