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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

  1. History Major

    Ideal for students who wish to acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will prepare them for a range of challenging careers.  Highly recommended in particular for students interested in law, graduate work in History or Library Science or careers in business, historical societies, museums, archives; and public sector careers at the local, state, or national levels.  Education majors who aspire to teach history at the secondary level will also benefit enormously from the major's course of study. 

    • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the Required Survey Courses:

      • History 315 Historical Methods and Writing (3 crs.)

      • One 300-level course in American History

      • One 300-level course in European History

      • One 300-level course in Non-Western History

      • One Research Seminar (History 411, History 412 or History 413)

    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's upper-level offerings in order to meet the minimum requirement.

    • Course Offerings:

      • American History courses: History 311, 326, 339, 341, 345, 357, 358, 361, 362, 363, 364, 366, 367, 368, 369, 385, 386, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398.

      • European History courses: History 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 310, 312, 316, 318, 319, 322, 323, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 350, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374.

      • Non-Western History courses: History 313, 346, 347, 348, 349, 351, 354, 355, 359, 360, 375, 376, 377, 378, 381, 382, 383, 384.

      • Related courses: History 315, 336, 399, 401, 446, 456, 474.

    • Course Substitutions: Transfer students may substitute history units (crs.) earned at other institutions only after consultation with the chairperson of the History Department.

    • Comment:

      The Department also provides support for a Broad Field Social Science major that is recommended for students who plan to teach high school courses in the Social Science fields and courses such as civics, social problems, American problems, area studies and vital issues in grades 7-12. See the College of Education and Human Services entry for Broad Field Social Science major requirements.

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