Majors and Minors

As of Fall 2020, the Bowling Green State University History major has a completely new curriculum. Students may choose from several pre-professional tracks, including a new concentration in public history. While the core of historical study continues to involve primary sources, critical interpretation, and connecting the past to the present, the new major looks to the future. With thematic courses and skill-based learning outcomes, the BGSU History major will emerge at graduation prepared to excel in the 21st century marketplace.

Students start with our signature course for history majors, followed by three introductory courses that emphasize the breadth and diversity of the human experience. Next, students take electives in five themes that include several world regions and periods (ancient to present): local and public history, social and cultural history, war and diplomacy, political and economic history, and transnational history. In the final year students concentrate on a specific theme and develop a sophisticated research project in the senior seminar. As they progress, students receive skills-based training specific to the discipline of history, and they learn how to apply these skills to professional contexts through internships and other experiential learning opportunities.

Our courses cover a variety of regions (Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe), periods (ancient, medieval, modern, contemporary), and topics (culture, health, international relations, underrepresented groups). Our training provides you with the foundation for fruitful careers in a diversity of areas in business, government, law, museums, schools and universities.

A significant part of the history major is the commitment of the faculty to effective teaching at all course levels. They are professional historians with specializations in a wide range of topics, periods and regions. This direct access to faculty, both inside and outside the classroom, is of great importance in securing opportunities to develop research experiences and internships.

History majors and minors form a vibrant community of about 250 students. The department recognizes the best undergraduate work in history each year by awarding prizes and scholarships. Students get involved in workshops, conferences, student publications and other opportunities. The History Society is an organization of students interested in historical topics whether they are a History major or not. They organize film screenings, field trips public lectures and other events. Majors have the opportunity to join the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history society.

We offer a History minor to complement the training in other majors. Our minor emphasizes breadth and flexibility. You choose up to three introductory courses and four (or more) junior- and senior-level courses on your areas of interest.


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