Department of History

Curriculum

The History major (36 credit hours) requirements are:

  • 3 hours of Historical Perspectives (1 course)
  • 6 hours of 200-level area survey (2 courses)
  • 21 hours of electives from HIST 200-399 (7 courses)
  • 6 hours of research seminars from HIST 400-498 (2 courses)

Across those 36 credit hours, students must have 6 credit hours in each of the following categories: (1) U.S., (2) European, (3) African, Asian or Latin American history.

In exceptional circumstances, a history major may request upgrading a HIST 199 to an elective. Students must speak to the instructor and agree upon different or additional assignments in advance. Typically, students will only be allowed to exercise this option once.

The History minor (18 credit hours) requirements are:

  • 3 hours of Historical Perspectives (1 course)
  • 12 hours of area survey or electives from HIST 200-399 (4 courses)
  • 3 hours of research seminars from HIST 400-498 (1 course)

Across those 18 credit hours, students must have 3 credit hours in each of the following categories: (1) U.S., (2) European, (3) African, Asian or Latin American history.

 

The Public History minor (20 credit hours) requirements are:

  • Introduction to Public History (HIST 290)
  • Two additional history electives chosen in consultation with Public History advisor
  • Public History and Communities: Practicum I and II (HIST 415 I and II)
  • Internship in Public History I and II
  • DIFT 104: Video Production for Non-DIFT Majors OR ARTS 215 Web Design (each course fulfills the Creative Perspectives requirement in the Core Curriculum)

The Concentration in Public History for History majors requires the following courses as part of the 36-credit hour major curriculum (see above):

  • Introduction to Public History (HIST 290)
  • Public History and Communities: Practicum I and II (HIST 415 I and II)
  • Internship in Public History I and II
  • DIFT 104: Video Production for Non-DIFT Majors OR ARTS 215 Web Design (each course fulfills the Creative Perspectives requirement in the Core Curriculum)


Student Learning Outcomes

All history courses must address the four student learning objectives (PSLOs) identified by the department as central to our program:

  • Identify sources
  • Analyze sources
  • Construct arguments about the past
  • Explain change over time

Students are expected to meet benchmarks for each of the four PSLOs in 100-, 200-, 300- and 400-level courses. See here for more details.