The purpose of the History major is to enrich students’ lives through a broader perspective of different times and places, an appreciation of human difficulties and accomplishments, and a realization of the underlying unity of the human experience.
Courses give meaning and integration to historical events, forming a basis for understanding contemporary issues. The curriculum helps develop habits of open inquiry, patient pursuit of truth, and objective, critical judgment.
History majors offer a variety of career options in business, government at all levels, law, teaching, and archival professions.
MajorStudents have the option of choosing the United States History track, the World History track, or both tracks.
Survey United States History from 1877 to Present
Minor A minor in history made up of 18 credits of history courses is available. Students wishing to minor in history should consult the department chair.
Note: Students may select a maximum of 6 credits in related courses in other specified departments to satisfy major elective requirements. See department chair for a list of approved courses in those departments.
Teaching Certification Students interested in Secondary Education Teaching Certification in History/Social Studies are required to take HIS 107, HIS 108, HIS 251, HIS 252, HIS 336, and HIS 489, as part of their History degree. The following additional courses are added to the list of history requirements: POL 206, POL 230, and POL 275.
Special Requirements A QPA of 2.33 (C+) is required in history courses for the major.