The History Department’s goals are:

  • to prepare broadly educated men and women for entry into diverse professional careers and public lives
  •  to foster the skills that history teaches: analysis, evaluation, and synthesis
  • to provide students the necessary prerequisites for coherent decisionmaking in all areas of professional life, especially those useful for careers in international relations, public and corporate administration, and law
  • to develop in history students a greater appreciation of a “multicultural world, a pluralistic nation, and a technological society.”

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history will:

  • be able to research historical problems and analyze their historical elements
  • demonstrate the ability to develop interpretive theses to explain and synthesize evidence
  • demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the conclusion of their studies to a general audience
  • be able to analyze the impact of changes over time
  1. Major
  2. Joint Major

Required courses (16 cr.)

Course NumberCourse Name
HIS 150 I Introduction to History
HIS 190 European History
HIS 350 History Seminar
HIS 499 Senior Seminar

Required to take two of the following courses (8 hours)

Course NumberCourse Name
HIS 160 U.S. History Survey
HIS 170 African-American History
HIS 180 African History

Required to take two of the following courses (8 hours):

Course NumberCourse Name
HIS 200 Selected Topics in U. S. History
HIS 210 Selected Topics in Afro-American History
HIS 220 Selected Topics in African History
HIS 230 Selected Topics in World History
HIS 240 Selected Topics in Women's History
HIS 300 Independent Study in History

Joint majors combining history and another discipline may be arranged according to the usual University regulations. Twenty-four credit hours in history courses are required of any joint major including HIS 150 and HIS 350.