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.