Majors and Minors

As a History major you will learn to gather and organize information efficiently, analyze and evaluate evidence critically, argue persuasively and communicate ideas clearly. Employers and professional schools look for the solid academic backgrounds, proven intellectual abilities and mature judgment that a history major offers.

The History major is designed to provide a progression of introductory, intermediate and advanced courses. It focuses on historical and critical thinking, understanding and communication, not memorization. As a major, you complete eleven courses in total (33 credit hours) as follows

  • Three introductory courses on American and World History
  • The junior-level course on research methods and writing
  • Six courses from a wide range of junior and senior-level courses on a wide range of regions, periods, and topics
  • The research seminar caps the History major, in which students refine the research and writing skills that are a hallmark of the history profession.

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.