Major in History (B.A.)

Students who major in history choose a concentration in either American history or modern European history. In their senior year, majors perform directed research that leads to the development, presentation and defense of a thesis on the topic of their choice. To earn the bachelor’s degree, students take a minimum of 12 courses (37 credits).

Required courses:

  • The Historian’s Craft
  • Historical Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • One non-Western history elective
  • One cultural and historic preservation elective

Concentration in American History

Students who concentrate in American history obtain a solid overview of American history from the colonial period to the present.

Required courses:

  • History of the United States to 1877
  • History of the United States Since 1877

Students also take three of the following:

  • American Immigrant Experience
  • American Economic History
  • Urban America
  • History of Warfare
  • Modern America
  • Modern American Foreign Policy
  • American history elective
  • European history elective

Concentration in Modern European History

Students concentrating in modern European history acquire a sound foundation of European history from the French Revolution to the present.

Required courses:

  • History of the United States to 1877 or History of the United States Since 1877
  • Europe 1789-1914
  • Europe 1914-1990s
  • Four of the following national history courses: England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Russia