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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Oct 03, 2023
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History, BA

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Major Requirements

The History major requires completion of 36 credits, 18 of which must be at the 1000-level, distributed as follows.

Global Understanding

Complete one course each in four of the following six categories.

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • World/Comparative


Three additional courses are to be selected by the student with the help of a faculty member or the undergraduate advisor to form a chronological, geographic, or thematic concentration, which should normally be decided upon by the junior year.


Each student must take the following sequence of two courses.

An upper-level writing-intensive (W) course may be substituted for HIST 1001 . The alternate course should be taken as soon as practicable. HIST 1001  must be taken before enrolling in HIST 1000 .

Elective History course

Complete any course offered by the Department of History.


The following rules and requirements apply for history majors.

  • Students must earn at least a 2.00 overall GPA in history courses.
  • Majors may take a total of nine credits for the major on an S/NC basis. HIST 1000 - CAPSTONE SEMINAR  or HIST 1001 - INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR  may not be taken S/NC.
  • History majors are strongly encouraged to add an international dimension to their undergraduate education by studying abroad.
  • Students interested in graduate study in history should be aware that all graduate departments of history require proficiency in at least one second language and that many require competence in two languages for a PhD.
  • The honors program consists of the regular major plus six extra credits. Honors students must take the following courses.

Students may apply for the honors program in thier sophomore year and upon completion of at least 12 credits in history. To apply, students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in hsitory courses, an overall GPA of at least 3.35, and submit a writing sample for approval by the Undergraduate Committee. The minimum letter grade requirement for honors students is B.

Internships for History Credit

History majors may do an internship for 3 credits (HIST 1900 ) in a local museum in either the fall or spring semesters. Contact the history academic advisor for information.

Study Abroad

Each year the department offers a scholarship for study abroad. Applications for the A. J. Schneider Award are due by February each year. Contact the history undergraduate advisor for more information.

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