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Major in History

Please check out the Four-Year Plan in History and Social Studies for a quick guide for how and when to register for courses to graduate with a History or Social Studies major.


The major in history (reference number 695) requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Nine (9) credit hours of coursework are required:

  • HIST 101 or HIST 102 (World History I or II)
  • HIST 240 or HIST 241 (US History to or since 1865)
  • HIST 498 (Capstone: Senior Seminar)

Of the remaining 24 hours, a minimum of 18 hours in upper-division history courses is required. 

At least two upper-division courses from each of the following geographic and chronological areas are required:

  • Geographic: Afro-Eurasia and The Americas
  • Chronological: Pre-Modern Era and Modern Era

At least three upper-division courses in one of the following four thematic concentrations are required:

  • Cultural, Religious and Intellectual History
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
  • Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
  • Legal and Constitutional Heritage

Elective courses can be counted toward more than one of the history major's upper-division requirements. Students may select two elective courses outside the major, but only in consultation with the department's undergraduate advisors and with the approval of the department head. History majors are required to have a second major, or a minor in another academic discipline. 

*Important Note: Students who declared a major in history prior to Fall 2017 may choose to complete the major under the "old" major requirements. Please see the undergraduate advisors for more information. 


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 Last Modified 8/8/21