Major Requirements

A student majoring in history must take a minimum of 30 semester hours (ten courses) in history, of which 18 semester hours (six courses) must be on the advanced level (300 or 400).

Two of the students' advanced courses must be chosen from a departmental list of  seminars  devoted mainly to writing and discussion.


In addition, students who matriculated since fall 2014 must take at least one course in four of the following five fields:


    A.  Premodern : one course minimum

    B.  Europe: one course minimum

    C.  United States : one course minimum

    D.  Asia, Latin America, Africa : one course minimum     

    E.  Transnational, Comparative, World: one course minimum



 Students who matriculated before fall 2014 have the option of fulfilling the previous requirements, taking at least one course in the following four fields.

A.  Premodern : one course minimum

B. Europe: one course minimum

C.  United States : one course minimum

D.  Asia, Latin America, Africa : one course minimum



Additional Requirements

History majors also are advised to acquaint themselves with humanistic disciplines other than history (for example, literature, fine arts, and philosophy) and also with social sciences such as political science, sociology, economics, and anthropology whose contributions to historical studies are vital. Some foreign language proficiency is desirable for a history major, and the department highly recommends that students contemplating graduate work in history study at least one foreign language in some depth (most graduate schools require a reading knowledge of French and German for the Ph.D. degree).

In addition to the departmental requirements for the major, students must also satisfy the distribution requirements and complete no fewer than 60 semester hours outside the departmental requirements for a total program of at least 120 semester hours. See Degree Requirements and Majors in the current General Announcements.