Program Requirements

Program Requirements:

  • General requirements for baccalaureate degree.
  • Required surveys: HIS 101-102 and HIS 111-112; any one of these survey courses count for general education requirements.
  • Required courses: HIS 398, 497, 498, and 24 additional semester hours of courses in history (200 level or above) with at least nine hours in American history, and nine hours in European/Global history; the remaining 6 hours may be chosen from American history and/or European/global history; one internship may count in this area.
  • A grade of "C" or better is required in all history courses to count toward the major or minor.
  • Students must complete HIS 101, 102, 111, 112 and 398 before enrolling in Senior Seminar.
  • Students must complete HIS 497 with a grade of "C" or better before enrolling in HIS 498.
  • At least one year of a single foreign language is highly recommended, but not required for history majors.

Teacher Certification Program:
  • History majors requesting certification as secondary education history teachers are required to take HIS 400 and to meet the requirements for certification.

Requirements for a Pre-Law Concentration:

  • Required courses (21 semester hours): BUS 215; POL 200, 260, 363, 364, 480; CRJ 101; HIS 311, 360. Note that many of the above courses can also fulfill the University's general education requirements.
  • Nine semester hours of elective courses chosen from the following: BUS 316; HIS 311, 360; POL 384, 385, 421.

Requirements for a Minor:
  • HIS 101-102 (6 hours); HIS 111-112 (6 hours); history electives—12 hours at the 200-400 level.
  • It is recommended that students balance their courses between American and European/Global history courses. Total: 24 hours. Peer teaching credit may not count toward the requirements for the minor in history.
  • A grade of "C" or better is required in all history courses to count toward the minor.
Special Opportunities:
  • Membership in the international honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, is available to students recommended by the department for meritorious scholarship in history.
  • HIS 481, Public History Internship, provides an opportunity for on-the-job experience in community agencies and museums.

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