Curriculum Details

The History major requirements are:

  • 3 hours of Historical Perspectives* [formerly 6 hours of 100-level survey].
  • 6 hours of a 200-level from HIST 210.
  • 3 hours from HIST 210.
  • 18 hours of electives from HIST 200-399 [formerly 15 hours].

Also included must be two courses each, at any level, in (1) U.S., (2) European, (3) African, Asian or Latin American history. Neither AP credit nor HIST 210 count toward these geographical requirements.

*students can satisfy Historical Perspectives by taking 9 hours at the 200 level.
 

The History minor requirements are:

  • 3 hours of Historical Perspectives [formerly 6 hours of survey].
  • 12 hours of electives from HIST 200-399 [formerly 9 hours].
  • 3 hours of seminar from HIST 400-480.
  • Students must include at least one course, at any level, from any two of the following areas: (1) U.S., (2) European, (3) African, Asian, or Latin American history.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare/contrast societies across the globe - History majors will be able to compare and contrast societies in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world.

  2. Understand the past on its own terms - History majors will be able to articulate how early societies differed, sometimes fundamentally, from contemporary societies.

  3. Change over time and historical processes - History majors will be able to comprehend the significance of change over time and be able to explain the historical processes that have transformed the past into the present world we inhabit.

  4. Interpret sources - History majors will be ablt to work individually and in groups to analyze and interpret a variety of texts, images, objects, and artifacts within their historical context.

  5. Oral, written, technological expression - History majors will be able to express historical and historiographical arguments clearly and persuasively orally, in writing, and through technology.

  6. Research - History majors will be able to locate and identify primary and secondary texts.

  7. Articulate trends and make historiographical arguments - History majors will be able to articulate and explain major trends in historical thought and thereby craft historiographical arguments.

  8. Explain skills to broad audience - History majors will be able to articulate broader applications of historical research, evaluation of arguments and evidence, and persuasive communication to a variety of situations and careers.

  9. Research Paper - History majors will be able to design and carry out a research agenda for a substantial research paper.