History Department

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Requirements for the Undergraduate Major in History

The major of 33 hours in history must be distributed as follows:

A. HIST 2000 (4 hours)

B. Of the remaining 29 hours (or ten courses), four courses must be at the 4000 level. Three of the ten courses must be in the field of United States history, and three of the ten courses must be in fields of non-United States history.

C. The requirement of 18 hours in related courses is to be met with courses chosen from at least three of the following areas:  economics, political science, English and American literature, foreign language, geography, philosophy, sociology, psychology, art history, music history or theatre history.  At least 12 of the hours in related courses must be in courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels.

The related courses requirement may be met with completion of a minor in another discipline or a second major.

Students may not take P/NC for the minimum requirements for the major, but may opt for P/NC in all related courses.

Requirements for the Undergraduate Minor in History

The minor of 21 hours in history must be distributed as follows:

A. HIST 2000 (4 hours)

B. Of the remaining 17 hours (or 6 courses), 3 of the 6 courses must be at the 4000 level.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in History

Qualified students are invited to work for the degree citation “honors in history.”

A.  Admission: History majors who demonstrate unusual promise in the study of history are invited by the department to enroll in the Honors Program. Departmental honors may be taken concurrently with college honors. Admission to departmental honors is based on the following:

    1. Sophomore standing
    2. Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
    3. A minimum GPA of 3.3 in all history courses (minimum of 10 hours)
    4. Recommendations from two professors
    5. An interview with the adviser

B.  Requirements:  To gain departmental honors in history, each student will satisfactorily complete the following:

  1. Honors recognition in two history courses. Honors recognition courses are regularly scheduled 3000 to 4000 level courses in which special recognition is achieved by reading and research in addition to the normal requirements of the course.
Last Updated: 6/27/22