Degree Requirements

History Major

A major consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours in eleven courses numbered 200 and higher (HIST 100-101 and HIST 111-112 are not part of the major). One of these courses must be History 401. The distribution of these courses is listed below. Education minors: scroll down to see the important teacher certification information.

  1. Must complete six hours (2-courses) in American history from the following - HIST 211, 212, 249†, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 332‡, 333, 337, 338, 339, 342, AMST 351;
  2. Must complete six hours (2-courses) in European history - HIST 226, 230, 241, 242, 243, 245, 248, 249†, 250, 303, 311, 312, 354, 355, 356, 380, 386, 387;
  3. Must complete six hours (2-courses), in any combination, of non-western subjects from the following fields: Asia - HIST 396, 397; Slavery - HIST 332‡; Latin America - HIST 251, 252; Middle East - HIST 281, 282, 361, 367; or, Native American - HIST 320;
  4. Must complete twelve hours (4 courses) selected from the entire list of history courses not previously taken for credit, and numbered 200 or higher; and,
  5. Must complete HIST 401 - Capstone.

Courses taken abroad, special topics courses, and 400-level courses can also satisfy these distribution requirements; please consult with the department chair.

†HIST 249 may be counted under the American or European designation on the major or minor, but not both.

‡HIST 332 may be counted under the American or the non-western designation on the major or minor, but not both.

A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses used on the history major or the minor as is a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all courses in the major or minor.

NOTE: All students must complete HIST 100-101 or HIST 111-112 before taking other history courses. The HIST 111-112 sequence is offered primarily for students planning to meet the requirements of teacher certification; most students should complete their AOK requirement in HIST 100-101. Courses from the two sequences cannot be mixed.

History Minor

A minor in History consists of five three-hour history courses (15 hours) numbered 200 and higher, with at least one course from each of the areas defined under the major -- American, European, and non-Western history.

Teacher Certification

The program requirements of a student planning to minor in education for the purpose of certification (both elementary and secondary) vary slightly from those of other history majors:

  1. To be eligible for the Teacher Preparation Program and student teaching, education minors must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.80 and a C- or better in all courses counting toward the major and certification.
  2. HIST 111-112 is required for all history majors seeking an education minor and meets the AOK requirement. Do not enroll in HIST 100-101.
  3. Elementary education minors:
    1. 4 courses, 12-hours, in American history (2 of these courses must be HIST 211-212);
    2. 2 courses, 6-hours, in European history;
    3. 2 courses, 6-hours, in non-Western history;
    4. 2 courses, 6- hours, History electives (HIST 319 - Geographical History is recommended, but not required); and,
    5. HIST 401 (Capstone): successful completion of the student teaching portion of the EDUC minor will constitute the capstone in the major.
  4. Secondary education minors: Students seeking certification at the secondary level must be certified social studies, which includes:
    1. 4 courses, 12-hours, in American history (2 of these courses must be HIST 211-212);
    2. 2 courses, 6-hours, in European history;
    3. 2 courses, 6-hours, in non-Western history;
    4. HIST 319 - Geographical History (offered fall semesters, alternate years)*;
    5. 1 course, 3-hours, history elective;
    6. ECON 201 or its equivalents;
    7. PSCI 201 or 202, or their equivalents;
    8. HIST 401 (Capstone): successful completion of the student teaching portion of the EDUC minor will constitute the capstone in the major.

    *If students are unable to complete HIST 319, they must enroll in another geography course approved by the department and complete a second history elective.