- History Major Requirements
- History Minor Requirements
Degree Requirements for the History Major
General College Requirements
General College Requirements (see Curriculum section), including the following requirements to satisfy the major
- A total of 48 credit hours of history courses, 32 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.
- One of the following courses:
- HIST 104: Historical Foundations of the Modern World to 1450
- HIST 105: Western Civilization
- HIST 108: History of the Modern World
- At least 8 semester-hours of 200-level history courses, 4 of which MUST be HIST224 Introduction to Historical Methods and Skills.
- Area Studies: At least one course in each of the following areas:
- The Americas (U.S. & Latin America) (HIST 200, 253, 310, 311, 317, 371, 375, 378, 379, 392, 401, 408, 415, 419, 425, 430, 461)
- Europe (HIST 268, 272, 274, 321, 328, 329, 330, 334, 342, 343, 345, 380, 381, 382, 384, 385, 386, 390, 393, 435)
- Asia & Africa (HIST 206, 280, 314, 351, 352, 354, 355, 360, 361, 369, 383, 388, 389, 394, 455)
- Comparative, Thematic, Global (HIST 219, 276, 324, 336, 357, 396, 400, 405, 432, 475)
- An upper level history course with substantial course content from before the modern era. (HIST 328, 343, 351, 354, 360, 381, 382, 383, 384, 388, 389)
- Cross-listed courses will be assigned to an area studies group by the department chair in consultation with the instructor.
- HIST 395. Theories and Uses of History (4 credits)
The Senior Capstone requirement may be satisfied by either option below:
- HIST 493/494: St. Mary’s Project (8 credits) and one 400-level course
- HIST 492: History Capstone Seminar and two 400-level courses
Minimum Grade and GPA Requirements
A grade of C- or better must be received in each course of the major and the cumulative grade-point-average of courses used to satisfy the major must be at least 2.0.
Sequence of Study
The student will plan a program with an adviser to make a meaningful combination of courses. In their final two years, students should seek a balance between 300-level classes and 400-level classes, the latter of which include a 15-18 page (3750-4500 words) research paper as part of the course requirements. The following model is suggested as a possible basic program in the major to satisfy the above stipulations:
- First Year: One 100-level class listed above and one 200-level class.
- Sophomore Year: HIST 224, and 4 credit hours in one of the fields listed in the "area studies" distribution above.
- Junior Year: HIST 395 (or in second semester Sophomore year), 8 upper-level credit hours distributed among the required fields, and at least one 400- level class.
- Senior Year: Either History SMP (493/494) and two additional upper-level electives or History Capstone Seminar, one 400-level class, and two additional upper-level electives.
Degree Requirements for the History Minor
General College Requirements
Completion of Core Curriculum requirements.
At least 24 credit hours in history, 16 of which must be taken at the 300 or 400 level. At least one of those classes must be a 400-level class. History courses should be drawn from at least two of the four areas of study: the Americas; Europe; Africa & Asia; and Comparative, Thematic, Global.
A grade of C- or better must be received in each course of the minor and the cumulative grade-point average of courses used to satisfy the minor must be at least 2.0.