History / Program of Study

The history program provides students with an awareness of the historical and political dimensions of the modern world, while equipping them with research, communication and analysis skills. Students have the opportunity to study different periods in history, including ancient, medieval and modern, and in western, eastern and global contexts. Each history major receives individual advising and is encouraged to participate in an internship and study abroad programs.

Major in History
Students majoring in history are required to complete 30 course hours, including 15 hours of core curriculum and 15 hours of electives in approved history courses.

Minor in History
Students minoring in history are required to complete 18 course hours, including one research course and 15 hours of electives in approved history courses.

Minor in Public History
Students minoring in public history are required to complete 19-21 course hours, including 12 hours of core curriculum, six hours of electives in approved courses and an internship.

History course descriptions »

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Required Major Courses

HIS-101 - Emergence of Western Civilization (3.00 cr.)

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HIS-102 - Modern Western Civilization (3.00 cr.)

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HIS-214 - American History to 1876 (3.00 cr.)

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HIS-215 - American History Since 1876 (3.00 cr.)

One non-western course chosen from the following

HIS-103 - The World in the 20th Century (3.00 cr.)

HIS-200 - Introduction to Latin American History (3.00 cr.)

HIS-224 - Introduction to Asian History (3.00 cr.)

HIS-281 - Introduction to African History (3.00 cr.)

HIS-282 - The Modern Middle East (3.00 cr.)

HIS-310 - Modern China (3.00 cr.)

HIS-312 - India Past and Present (3.00 cr.)

Appropriate special studies courses

HIS-334 - Methods of Historical Research (3.00 cr.)

HIS-499 - Senior Research (3.00 cr.)


15 credit hours of electives in approved history courses. Student must structure 15 hours of elective history courses in consultation with her advisor. 50% of the elective hours must be at the 300-400 level.


Contact Information

Dan Fountain, Department Head
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