A major in history consists of at least nine courses and must include:

  • one foundation course focused on European history: HST-100, 101, 102, 103 or 104,
  • one foundation course in North American history: HST-120, 121 or 122,
  • one foundation course considering the history of Africa, Asia, or Latin America: HST-141, 142, 145, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 161, 162, 165, or 166,
  • at least four advanced history courses (courses numbered 200 or higher),
  • HST-475, and
  • at least one other history course.

At least one of the nine courses required for the history major must focus on the "pre-modern era". Currently, HST-101, 102, 103, 141, 151, 152, 155, 161, 165, 201, 203, 206, 207, 208 or 251 can serve in this role. Two different versions of HST-209 can also meet this requirement dependent on the topics considered.

One first year seminar taught by a member of the history department may also contribute to the major, but will not be considered one of the three required foundation courses. Further, no more than two exam equivalency courses (HST- 100, 120, or 130) and/or first year seminars may contribute to major requirements.

If you wish to pursue a career in teaching social studies you must complete EDU-111, 120, 221, 350, 453, 460, 472, and EDEP-670 in addition to prescribed courses in the major which must include HST-237, at least two other courses focused on the history of the United States, and at least three European history courses with one or more numbered between 200 and 399. Further requirements for certification in social studies include ECN-111, GGY-230, PSC-101 and 102, PSY-111, and SOC-101 or 201. The teaching internship must be completed on a post-baccalaureate, graduate credit basis, and you'll become eligible for certification at the end of the fall term following graduation. Refer to the education section of the catalog for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

All exceptions to major requirements must be approved by the department chair.

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