History

Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, historian and political scientist, center, speaks with a few students before his talk at the Student Union Ballroom. At left is Jeffrey Ogbar, professor of history.

 

Course descriptions

The study of history aims at the understanding and disciplined reconstruction of past human activities, institutions, ideas, and aspirations in the light of present knowledge and in the hope of usefulness for the future. History belongs both to the humanities and to the social sciences. It is studied both for its own sake and for the light it throws on the present problems and future prospects of particular societies and of humankind in general.

A major in history in combination with work in foreign languages, philosophy, literature, and the social sciences provides a broad foundation for informed citizenship. History majors find employment in many fields of human endeavor from arts and business to public service and education. Specialization in history is especially valuable as pre-professional training for law, government, diplomacy, and journalism and for library, archival, and museum administration.

Requirements for the Major in History

Undergraduate majors are required to take at least 27 credits at the 2000-level or above, which must include one three-credit course from each of Groups A, B, and C, and two three-credit courses from Group D. All majors must take HIST 2100 in the semester following their declaration as majors, and all majors except Honors students must take HIST 4994W in their senior year. Honors students should take in sequence 4999 and 4997W. Under certain circumstances and with advisor approval, honors majors may substitute 4994W for 4999. With the consent of the undergraduate major’s advisor, graduate level courses may be used to fulfill the distribution requirement. HIST 2100 and 4994W satisfy the information literacy competency. HIST 4994W or 4997W satisfy the writing in the major requirements.

Group A: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern

HIST 3300 (ANTH 3513), 3301 (CAMS 3253), 3320 (CAMS 3254), 3325 (CAMS 3255), 3330 (CAMS 3256, HEJS 3218), 3335 (CAMS 3250), 3340 (CAMS 3243), 3350, 3360, 3361, 3370, 3371, 3400, 3420, 3460, 3470, 3704

Group B: Modern Europe

HIST 2206 (SCI 2206), 2240, 2401, 2402, HIST 3201 (HRTS 3201), 3203 (HDFS 3423), 3205, HIST 3207 (HRTS 3207), HIST 3412, HIST 3416 (WGSS 3416), 3418 (HEJS 3203), 3421, 3426, 3430, 3440, 3451, 3456, 3463, 3471.

Group C: United States

HIST 2206 (SCI 2206), HIST 3201 (HRTS 3201), HIST 3204W, 3206, 3502, 3504, 3510, 3516, 3519, 3520, 3522, 3530 (AASI 3578), HIST 3531 (AASI 3531), 3540, HIST 3541 (URBN 3541), 3542, HIST 3544 (MAST 3544), 3550, 3551, 3554, 3555, HIST 3560 (WGSS 3560), HIST 3561 (WGSS 3561), HIST 3562 (WGSS 3562), HIST 3563 (AFRA 3563, HRTS 3563), HIST 3564 (AFRA 3564), HIST 3568 (AFRA 3568), 3570, 3575 (LLAS 3221, HRTS 3221), HIST 3660W (LLAS 3660W), 3674 (LLAS 3220).

Either HIST 3520 or 3522, but not both, may be counted for credit toward the major.

Group D: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East

HIST 3201 (HRTS 3201), HIST 3202 (HRTS 3202), HIST 3206 (AFRA 3206), 3575 (LLAS 3221, HRTS 3221), 3607, 3608W, 3609, 3610, 3619 (AFRA 3619, LLAS 3619), HIST 3620 (AFRA 3620), HIST 3621, 3622 (AFRA 3622, LLAS 3622, WGSS 3622), 3635, 3640, 3643, HIST 3660W (LLAS 3660W), HIST 3674 (LLAS 3220), 3704, 3705, 3712, HIST 3752, HIST 3753 (AFRA 3753), 3760, HIST 3808 (AASI 3808), HIST 3809 (AASI 3809), HIST 3812 (AASI 3812), 3822, 3832, 3863, 3875 (AASI 3875, LLAS 3875).

Courses with Variable Content

Variable topics courses (HIST 3095, 3098, 3100W, 3101W, 3102, 3991, 3993, 4989, 4994W, 4997W, 4999, or a graduate level History course) may be applied to any of the four distribution groups as determined by course content and with Advisor consent.

No more than six credits of HIST 3991 will count toward the major requirements.

A minor in History is described in the Minors section.

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