The curriculum for the B.A. in history is designed to encourage students to explore a diverse array of historical topics and fields over their four years of study. All history majors progress from introductory 100- and 200-level courses, to intermediate 300-level seminars, to intensive 400-level thesis courses in which they conduct original historical research and analysis. Our courses cover a range of topics: in any given semester, a history major might find herself choosing among courses that range from Ancient Greece to the Russian Revolution to Modern Cuba. By the time they enroll in their 400-level junior seminar and senior thesis courses, history majors are also required to conduct focused, intensive research on a particular period, location, or theme. Our majors therefore develop both a breadth of knowledge and expertise in a specific historical area.
Any student considering majoring in history should contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS), Dr. Árpád von Klimó, to discuss and plan.
The history major requires a minimum of 11 courses in history. Of these 11, at least two and no more than four courses must be at the 100- or 200-level; two must be junior research seminars (HIST 40-, 41x, 42x), ordinarily taken in consecutive semesters during the junior year); and one must be a senior thesis (496), taken in the first semester of the senior year. All remaining classes must be at the 300-level and above.
Entry into the Major
At the end of the sophomore year students are formally accepted as history majors. In order to be accepted, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and grades of C or better in all history courses taken up to the point of acceptance..
Recommended course sequence
Freshman Year: two 100- or 200-level courses
Sophomore Year: two 100-, 200-, or 300-level elective
Junior Year: two junior seminars (one per semester);* two history electives
Senior Year: HIST 496; two history electives
*students who study abroad in their junior year should take a junior seminar in the Spring of their sophomore year
All four HSHU courses (101, 102, 203, 204) can count as 100-, 200- or 300-level HIST courses.
Dual enrollment courses
One year of dual-enrollment work at the high school level should transfer in as one undergraduate course; equivalency to be decided by the DUGS (usually HIST 150).