History Major

The History major introduces the student to a broad array of knowledge about humankind since the onset of civilization. Courses are offered in U.S., Latin American, European, Asian, Ancient, and Middle Eastern History. Research projects and the Senior Thesis or Senior Seminar help students develop analytical and expressive skills.

In addition to a variety of electives and areas of study, the History program offers a number of foreign study and travel trips, with destinations that have included the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, and China. Other University sponsored study abroad trips of interest to History majors have gone to Great Britain, Italy, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Australia.

A major in History requires the completion of 36 credits. All courses are 3 credits unless designated.

Required Courses

  • HI 222 United States History to 1865
  • HI 223 United States History since 1865
  • HI 301 Historical Methods and Criticism
  • One elective in each of the four sub-fields: [12 cr]
    • Ancient
    • European
    • Latin America
    • East Asian
  • Three additional electives in any field of History: [9 cr]

Select either of two tracks for the capstone:

Senior Thesis Track (3.2+ GPA)

  • IL 302 Information Literacy for History [1 cr]
  • HI 397 Senior Thesis Preparation [2 cr]
  • HI 398 Senior Thesis [3 cr]

Senior Seminar Track:

  • HI 399 Special Seminar elective (different topic each year) [3 cr]
  • HI 396 Senior Seminar continuing the Special Seminar elective [3 cr]

YEAR 1 SEMESTER I

  • EN 011 Introduction to Rhetoric
  • HICC 101 The Human Journey: Civilizations
  • MA 101 Modern College Mathematics I
  • BA/BS Requirement
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas
  • FS 101 Freshman Seminar

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

  • EN 012 Rhetoric Research Paper
  • CA 021 Effective Communications
  • HI History Elective
  • BA/BS Requirement
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

  • HI 222 US History to 1865
  • ENCC 101 The Human Journey: Literature
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 4

  • HI 223 US History Since 1865
  • HI History Elective
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas
  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas

YEAR 3 SEMESTER 5


  • HI 301 Historical Method and Criticism

  • HI History Elective

  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective 



YEAR 3 SEMESTER 6


  • IL 302 Information Literacy for History [1 cr]

  • & HI 397 Senior Thesis Preparation [2 cr]  

  • OR HI 399 Special Seminar elective [3 cr]

  • HI History Elective 

  • Elective from B1 - B4 areas

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective



YEAR 4 SEMESTER 7


  • HI 396 Senior Seminar or HI 398 Senior Thesis

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective



YEAR 4 SEMESTER 8


  • HI History Elective

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective

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