History Major


Requirements for the History major are 36 hours in History, including a core research sequence. That sequence includes three components:

  1. HIST 295, Introduction to Historical Inquiry, which is an introductory research methods course;
  2. A history research paper, completed as an option in the regular class assignments of 300- or 400-level history classes;
  3. HIST 494, Christianity and Historical Study, which is the department’s capstone seminar.

HIST 295 normally is completed during the sophomore year; the research paper during the junior year (and is referred to as the Junior Research Paper); and HIST 494 during the senior year. Students must complete HIST 295 before the semester in which they write the research paper. Guidelines for the Junior Research Paper are available in the History Department office or in the Handbook section of this website.

Additional requirements for the History major include four upper division hours from each of the following categories: American, European, and World (Asian, African, or Latin American), and four hours in the history of Christianity. After these requirements are met, students have 16-18 credit hours remaining for electives in the department. Some specialize in a particular area of history; others pursue topics of interest more broadly. Some participate in internships or study abroad. The department strongly recommends that students planning to attend graduate school include HIST 491, an advanced research seminar (topics vary), among their electives. With departmental approval, qualified students also may pursue in-depth research that results in an undergraduate thesis for honors in history (HIST 498 and 499). No more than eight hours of cross-listed courses may apply to the major. Eight hours from other departments may be substituted for four hours in History with the approval of the History Department chair. See major requirements.

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