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History Curriculum

History majors complete twelve history courses with some exposure to each of the three large culture areas - the United States, Europe and the non-Western world. This leaves the student considerable latitude for courses in related areas, such as Political Science or Anthropology.

While many young historians pursue graduate degrees, a history major can offer a surprising variety of employment possibilities. Probably no major prepares graduates more effectively for law school, and evidence suggests a heightened need for teachers. The research and writing skills emphasized in the history major provide an excellent preparation for aspiring journalists and writers. Museum work, theological studies, government and even business and industry, attract innumerable historians.

Completion of the History major, in conjunction with the appropriate other courses, can be used to satisfy the requirements for certification in Social Studies at the adolescence and middle school level.

Required Courses

Courses in United States History (HIS field code)
Courses in European History (HIS field code)
Courses in the history of Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Near East (HIS field code)

HIS 4590: Senior Seminar (W course)
Electives Elective courses in History

NOTE: At least 9 credits in the History major in addition to the Senior Seminar must be earned in courses numbered 3000 or above.


In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.