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Academics: Majors

History major

Your program

As a History major, you and your departmental advisor will design a program that fits your interests in history and related areas, your vocational goals, and the demands of historical study. While foreign language is not require for History majors, we encourage you to study one. Talk to your departmental advisor early in your college career about a language, modern or classical, that fits your goals.

To make you a well-rounded historian, your program will include at least one course on a period before 1500 (151, 231, 232, 261, 262, 263, 362) and at least one course on a period after 1500.

Probably in your senior year you will take History 394, the research seminar, in conjunction with a 300-level course in your field of interest. Together, these courses will enable you to use primary sources to write an article-length, senior thesis paper on a topic of interest to you. Besides History 394 and 395, you will take at least two courses on the 300 level.

You can take one upper-level interim course as an elective in any of the History majors or minors.

Graduating with honors

If you wish to graduate with honors, you will need to be accepted into the honors program early in your program.

 

History major requirements

Requirements for all History majors:

  • History 151 or 152 with a minimum grade of C
  • One from a period before 1500 (151, 231, 232, 261, 262, 263, 362)
  • One from a period after 1500
  • Two upper level courses in addition to the required History 394 and 395
  • Elective credit may be met by an interim W40 or W80 history course

History major (minimum 31 semester hours):

  • History 151: History of the West and the World 1: Paleolithic to 1500; or History 152: History of the West and the World 2: 1500 to present
  • One 200-level American history course
  • One 200-level European history course
  • One 200-level World history course
  • History 294: Research Methods of History
  • History 394: Research Seminar; or History 390H/391H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • History 395: Historiographical Perspectives
  • Your choice of 11 hrs. of History electives

Secondary Education History major (31-35 semester hours)

  • History 151: History of the West and the World 1: Paleolithic to 1500
  • History 152: History of the West and the World 2: 1500 to present
  • History 229: U.S.A.
  • One additional American history course
  • One European history course
  • One World history course
  • History 294: Research Methods of History
  • History 375: Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary Social Studies
  • History 394: Research Seminar; or History 390H/391H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • History 395: Historiographical Perspectives
  • Your choice of 3-4 hrs. of History electives

If you want to be certified to teach history at the middle and high school levels, you should select this major. In addition to these courses, you will take three cognate courses (10 semester hours):

  1. Political Science 101: American Politics
  2. Geography 110: World Regional Geography
  3. Economics 151: Principles of Economics.

 

Social Studies major requirements

Secondary Education Social Studies group major (40 semester hours)

Students pursuing the secondary social studies major must also complete a history major or a minor in economics, geography, or political science. Courses are allowed to overlap between the social studies major and the disciplinary major or minor.

  • Economics 221
  • Economics 222
  • Geography 110
  • Environmental Studies 210
  • History 151
  • History 152
  • History 229
  • History 359
  • Political Science 101
  • Political Science 202
  • Interdisciplinary 205
  • Interdisciplinary 375

Elementary Social Studies group major (39 semester hours)

  • Economics 221
  • Economics 222
  • Education 305
  • Geography 110
  • Geography 241
  • History 151
  • History 152
  • History 229
  • Interdisciplinary 205
  • Political Science 101
  • Political Science 202
  • Elective

Students must take two specified courses from each of teh following four disciplines: economics, geography, history, and political science. (Specific courses are listed in the Teacher Education Program Guidebook.) In addition, students must complete a sequence of courses from one of these disciplines chosen in consultation with a social studies advisor. Students seeking special advice on elementary teacher education should consult Profs. Bob Schoone-Jongen or Dan Miller.

 

Students interested in the secondary education track for history or in the social studies group major should talk to Professor Bob Schoone-Jongen and the Education Department for guidance.