Program Requirements

Advanced Placement Opportunity:

Acceptable scores in CLEP (American History and Western Civilization tests) or CEEB examinations will merit advanced placement and credit.

Program Requirements for History Major:

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees.
  • The informational technology requirement will be met by majors taking HIS 398 Historiography and HIS 497/HIS 498, the senior seminars.
  • Required surveys: HIS 101-102 and HIS 111-112; any one of these survey courses may 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, HIS 497.
  • 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 Licensure Program:

  • History majors requesting licensure as secondary education teachers are required to take HIS 400 and to meet the requirements for licensure.

Requirements for a Pre-Law Concentration:

  • Required courses (21 semester hours): BUS 215; POL 200, 260, 363, 364, 480; CRJ 101. Note that many of the above courses can also fulfill the University's general education requirements or history program 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 or 102 (3 hours); HIS 111 or 112 (3 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: 18 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.
  • Must also meet minimum University requirements for a 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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