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Areas A-F (See Core section of the Catalog)

60 semester hours

Major Requirements

27 semester hours


European/English history, two courses from the following (6 hours):

HIST 3301

England to 1660 (3 hours)

HIST 3305

England since 1660 (3 hours)

HIST 4045

World War I (3 hours)

HIST 4050

World War II (3 hours)

HIST 4110

Classical Greece (3 hours)

HIST 4120

Classical Rome (3 hours)

HIST 4130

The Middle Ages (3 hours)

HIST 4140

Renaissance and Reformation (3 hours)

HIST 4150

Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe (3 hours)

HIST 4160

Science, Medicine and Society in Europe Before 1789 (3 hours)

HIST 4170

Women, Gender, and Society in Early Modern Europe (3 hours)

HIST 4180

Epidemic Disease in History from the Black Death to AIDS (3 hours)

HIST 4210

The French Revolution and Napoleon (3 hours)

HIST 4220

Modern Europe (3 hours)

HIST 4245

Modern Germany (3 hours)

HIST 4250

Soviet Russia (3 hours)

HIST 4280

Intellectual and Cultural History of Europe to 1550 (3 hours)

HIST 4285

Intellectual and Cultural History of Europe since 1550 (3 hours)

HIST 4310

Tudor England (3 hours)

HIST 4315

Stuart England (3 hours)

HIST 4360

A Cultural History of Wales, Scotland, and Wales (3 hours)

HIST 4380

The British Empire and Commonwealth of Nations (3 hours)

HIST 4950

Special Topics appropriate to European History


Nonwestern/Third World history or Regional Geography, one course from the following (3 hours):

HIST 4380

The British Empire and Commonwealth of Nations (3 hours)

HIST 4700

Conquest and Social Change in Colonial Latin America (3 hours)

HIST 4710

Modern Middle East (3 hours)

HIST 4720

The Vietnam War (3 hours)

GEOG 3500

Regional Geography appropriate to Nonwestern (3 hours)

HIST 4950

Special Topics appropriate to Nonwestern /Third World


Public History: HIST 4020 Public History (3 hours) and at least one course from the following

(3 hours):

HIST 4010

Local History (3 hours)

HIST 4015

Historic Architecture Preservation (3 hours)

HIST 4025

Archival Theory and Issues (3 hours)

HIST 4035

Introduction to Museum and Historical Organizations (3 hours)

HIST 4040

Historic Site Interpretation

and at least three semester hours of HIST 4960 Internship (3 hours)


HIST electives (3 hours)


HIST 3001

Historical Research and Writing (3 hours)


Senior Capstone: Senior Thesis (3 Hours)

(Students must complete at least six hours of HIST 4010, 4015, 4020, 4025, 4035, or 4040 before enrolling in an internship course.)


  • One POLS course at the 3000-4000 level or GEOG 4205, Political Geography, may be substituted for one HIST elective.
  • All 27 semester hours in the major field must be at the 3000 - 4000 level.
  • A maximum of 3 semester hours from any and all of the following categories of courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirement, above: independent study, internship, study abroad, workshop (and then only if the workshop is taught by a professor in the department and is graded A-F).

Degree Requirements

3-15 semester hours


Students should take HIST 3001, Historical Research and Writing, by the end of their second semester, sophomore year. Students may take two upper division courses before taking HIST 3001, but they will not be permitted to take any further upper division courses until HIST 3001 is taken.


Fulfill the requirements of a Senior Capstone experience by completing the requirements of Senior Thesis, HIST 4970 (3 hours). Senior Thesis will be taken in conjunction with scheduled classes. In consultation with the instructor, the student will register for an upper division class that broadly covers the area of his/her thesis research. The student will register for both the upper division class and also for Senior Thesis, under the same faculty member. Students will not be allowed to complete Senior Thesis until the first of second semester of their senior year. Students may also fulfill the Senior Capstone requirement by participating in a pre-approved and sanctioned study abroad course, HIST 4980.


Students must show competence in a foreign language at the level of the fourth university course (2002). (9-12 hours)


A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses that count toward the major.


A minimum of 39 hours overall must be at the 3000-4000 level.


Complete First-Year Academic Seminar with a passing grade.


Senior Exit Survey / Information


Portfolio of papers to include Senior Thesis


A minimum total score of 130 is required in order to pass the Senior Exit Exam.


120 semester hours

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