Curriculum

The major in History leads to a Bachelor of Arts in History. Completion of the major requires a minimum of 13 courses. Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for History (PDF) to track their progress.

Students majoring in a different program can also elect an academic minor in History. Students interested in completing the minor should review the minor curriculum below.

Requirements for the Major in History

Completing the major in History requires 13 courses, distributed as follows:

  •  Two integrative history courses, chosen from
     
    • LHIS 2016 Doing History
    • LHIS 3001 Uses of the Past
    • ULEC 2400 America Is Hard to Find
  • Two introductory history courses, chosen in consultation with an advisor in the History program
  • Five additional history courses, at least four of which must be at the 3000 level or higher and three of which should be part of a thematic cluster (e.g., gender or U.S. history). Students are encouraged to take one course covering a period before 1789 and one covering non-U.S. history.
  • Three thematically related courses outside the major, chosen in consultation with the chair or an advisor in the History program
  • One Senior Capstone. Choose from
    • Senior Seminar
    •  Individual Independent Project
    • Collaborative Independent Project
    More information on the Senior Capstone can be found on the Advising page.

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken to meet the requirements for the major or the minor in History.

Requirements for the Minor in History

Undergraduate students in any college in the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can elect a minor in History, which requires the completion of the following courses:*

  • Two introductory LHIS courses. With advance approval, these requirements can be fulfilled by a First-Year Seminar and/or ULEC courses taught by history instructors.
  • Two additional LHIS courses. At least one must be at the 3000 level or higher. One of the courses can be in another division or another Lang program, provided it has historical context and is approved by the program advisor. One of the courses must be either
     
    • LHIS 2016 Doing History or
    • LHIS 3001 Uses of the Past
  • One course from outside the History program (non-LHIS)

* Two of the history courses and the non-history course must constitute a thematic cluster, as determined in consultation with the department advisor.

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken to meet the requirements for the major or the minor in History.

Guided Area of Study

Students pursuing a bachelor of arts in Liberal Arts cannot elect an academic minor, but they can pursue a guided area of study in History. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor.

 
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