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Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Major

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History majors will take a total of 13 courses (39 credit hours) in the categories delineated below. This curriculum allows students to be introduced to various fields of history, gain experience researching and writing, hone critical thinking, and obtain skills of professionals in the field. With a base of foundational knowledge drawn from 200-level selections, they will proceed to learning about the methodology of the historical field, and continue to more advanced studies in 300 and 400 level classes. These courses should represent breath of study, distributed across three categories, as outlined in the major checklist. Upper-level students are expected to participate in experiential learning, for which there are a variety of possibilities: internships, research assistantship, study abroad, and a selection of public history courses. Students may take one foreign language in place of experiential history courses, though ideally, students would take a selection of both. The Senior Seminar is the capstone opportunity for students to apply historical knowledge and analytical skills they obtained in preceding history courses in an original research project.

Majors are encouraged to take classes in other academic disciplines that are complementary to their interests in order to reinforce knowledge and professional abilities. In some cases, minors or double majors would be beneficial.

Both Core Courses (6 credits)

6 courses (18 credit hours) at the 300 or 400 level

At least two courses (6 credit hours) must be at the 400 level.

Distribution Requirement

Students must distribute their 300 and 400 levels so that they take at least one course from each of these three distributive categories.


** A course counting towards fulfillment of the History Major or Minor, with the exception of HIS 300, cannot count towards the fulfillment of the Public History Major or Minor.**

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