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:

  • HIS270: The Historian's Craft
  • HIS390: Historical Research Methods
  • HIS490: Senior Seminar
  • Eight additional courses in history, including one non-Western history elective
  • One elective in cultural and historic preservation

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:

  • HIS113: History of the United States to 1877
  • HIS114: History of the United States Since 1877

Students also take three of the following:

  • HIS313: American Immigrant Experience
  • HIS316: American Economic History
  • HIS322: Urban America
  • HIS340: History of Warfare
  • HIS403: Modern America
  • HIS415: 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:

  • HIS113: History of the United States to 1877 or HIS114: History of the United States Since 1877
  • HIS201: Europe 1789-1914
  • HIS202: Europe 1914-1990s
  • Four of the following: HIS306: Modern Germany, HIS308: Modern France, HIS309: Modern Russia, HIS310: Modern England, HIS311: Modern Ireland or HIS312: Modern Italy