2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    
    May 19, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue

History, BA


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History majors take a minimum of 13 history courses, including at least one HS 100-level course and 12 upper-division (HS 300- and 400-level) courses. These are normally distributed as follows:

  • One HS 100-level core course (HS 101-108).
  • Eight HS 300-level courses are required, including one which may also fulfill the upper-level History/English Core requirement. Up to two HS 100-level courses beyond the first core course may be substituted for HS 300-level courses. After completion of the core requirement, any HS 400-level course except HS 400  may be substituted for any HS 300-level course.
  • History Methods (HS 400 ) is normally taken in the sophomore year after the completion of the core requirement; it provides a foundation for all other HS 300- and 400-level courses.
  • Two special topics courses (HS 410-459) are required. These are more narrowly focused and professionally oriented than the HS 300-level intermediate courses. (Note: Students may substitute additional seminars in place of special topics courses.)
  • One history seminar (HS 460-498) is required. The seminar is a small, intensive course that is conducted largely through discussion and requires a major research paper.
  • History majors who are in the Honors Program take the Honors Human Drama sequence (HN 201-204) and may take up to two 100-level History courses. They may take a 400-level course (HS 410-498) to complete the second part of the Honors History/English Core. If a student elects to take a 400-level History course, that course may also count toward the special topics or seminar requirements of the History major.

Upper-division courses may be taken in any order, though students will usually take their special topics and seminar courses in the junior or senior years. Majors may elect to take extra seminars or special topics courses in place of HS 300-level courses. They may also decide to exceed the minimum number of history courses.

Specialized and independent study courses, which serve a particular purpose (HS 401-409; 499) can be taken as part of the 13 courses required for the history major, but cannot be used in lieu of the two special topics courses or the seminar, nor can they be used for regional distribution requirements.

 

Among the upper-division courses selected, six must be taken according to the following regional distribution requirements:

European History: HS 101; HS 300-339; HS 410-422; HS 470-479 (two courses required)

American History: HS 102-103; HS 340-369; HS 423-439; HS 460-469 (two courses required)

Non-Western History: HS 104-108; HS 370-399; HS 440-454; HS 480-498 (two courses required)
 

Useful courses for history majors offered by other departments include Making Sense of Data with Database Management Systems (CS 105 ); Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (ST 110 ); introductory courses in economics (EC), political science (PS), sociology (SC); and courses in art history (AH), English (EN), and modern languages and literatures (ML).

 

Interdisciplinary majors are required to take seven history courses:

  • One HS 100-level core course (HS 100-108)
  • One HS 300-level core course
  • Two HS 300- or 400-level courses. One HS 100-level course beyond the first HS 100-level core course may be substituted for an HS 300-level course
  • History Methods (HS 400 )
  • One special topics course (HS 410-459)
  • One seminar course (HS 460-499)

 

Among the upper-division courses selected, three must be taken according to the following distribution requirements:

European History: HS 101; HS 300-339; HS 410-422; HS 470-479 (one course required)

American History: HS 102-103; HS 340-369; HS 423-439; HS 460-469 (one course required)

Non-Western History: HS 104-108; HS 370-399; HS 440-454; HS 480-489 (one course required)

Requirements for the Major


The typical program below is a suggested sequence for the major to be completed over a four-year period.  Up to two 3 credit electives may be replaced with 1 and 2 credit courses. 

Please note that not all courses count towards a degree. It is recommended that students refer to the academic catalogue to verify course eligibility.

 

Freshman Year


Fall Term


Spring Term


  • HS 300-Level Course**
  • Fine Arts Core
  • Language Core or
  • Elective
  • Math/Science Core
  • Social Science Core

Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Fall Term


  • HS 300-Level Course*
  • HS 410-459 Special Topics Course*
  • PL 200-Level Course or TH 200-Level Course
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Term


  • HS 300-Level Course *
  • HS 410-459 Special Topics Course *
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Senior Year


Fall Term


  • HS 300-Level Course*
  • HS 460-498 History Seminar*
  • Ethics Core
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Term


Key:


* Required for major.

Notes:


  1. The history core requirement consists of one HS 100-level course and one HS 300-level or EN 200-level elective course. The HS 100-level core course is normally taken in the freshman year. HS 100-level courses cannot be used as a substitute for the HS 300-level core course.
  2. History Methods (HS 400 ) ideally should be taken in either the fall or spring semester of the sophomore year. Emphasizing the development of critical thinking and research skills, this course provides crucial preparation for all other HS 300- and 400-level courses.
  3. The completion of one HS 100-level course is required for enrollment in all HS 300-level courses unless special permission is granted by the department chair. Likewise, completion of one HS 100-level and one HS 300-level course is required for enrollment in HS 400-level courses unless special permission is granted by the chair. Students in the Honors Program, however, may register for an HS 400-level course after they have completed HN 201  or HN 202  and HN 210  or WR 100 .
  4. Written permission of the instructor is required for Intensive Independent Study I/II (HS 401 /HS 402 ), Honors Thesis (HS 403 /HS 404  or HS 406 /HS 407 ), History Internship (HS 405 ), or any history seminars (HS 460-498).
  5. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement  under Curriculum and Policies).

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