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New Program Requirements

What does it mean for me?

The History Department has made the following changes to both the History Liberal Arts and History Secondary Education majors that will become effective in Fall 2012:

*Eleven (11) courses instead of Twelve (12) required.

*All current students who have not already MUST complete the Craft of History in Fall 2012.

*Students may cover more than one requirement with a single course.

*Two pre-modern (pre-1500) courses are required and can be fulfilled at the 100/200/300 or 400 level. If you completed World History I, you have fulfilled one pre-modern course requirements.

*Course numbers have been changed:

    • HIS 100-level – Gateway/Introductory Courses
    • HIS 200-level – Foundation Courses
    • HIS 300-level – Lecture/Discussion
    • HIS 400-level – Seminars


New Program Requirements

  • One (1) 100-level course counted toward major

If you completed a lecture course that was at the 200-level, not a foundation course at the 200-level, this will count for your 100-level gateway. If the 200-level course completed in Summer/Fall 2011- Spring/Summer 2012 was fulfilling a region or pre-modern requirement, it will still fulfill this requirement.  If you are a current major who has not completed a 200-level lecture course, you may fulfill this course requirement with a 300 or 400 level course instead of enrolling in a 100-level course.

  • Three (3) foundation courses

HIS 210 Craft of History

Two from the following options – If you completed both World History I and World History II previously, these will count as the two options. World History I counts as one pre-modern course.

HIS 220 World History

HIS 230 Themes in World History

HIS 260 Themes in American History

  • Three (3) 300/400 courses in the following options:

Option One – Geographic Breadth (default for all current students)

Three 300/400 level courses, distributed in three separate regions: Africa/Asia/Eurasia/Europe/Middle East/ America/Latin America

Option Two – Thematic Field

(Theme should be selected and/or approved by the end of the second semester Sophomore year. To replace the geographic breadth with a thematic field, complete the Thematic Field Form. )

Three 300/400 level courses, selected from the department approved theme options or a self-designed theme option.

  • One (1) 300/400 level elective course

  • Two (2) Reading Seminars (HIS450-464)

  • One (1) Senior Capstone Seminar (HIS 498)


If you have further questions on how this effects your academic career, please consult your advisor or visit the History Department office in Social Science 205.