Major Requirements

Bethany’s history major allows for emphasis in either European or American areas. Within these emphases, students may decide to focus on earlier or later periods of history. To supplement their history courses, students work closely with an advisor to select other electives in areas such as geography, political science, social science, and the arts. Students planning to earn secondary education licensure to teach in public schools should refer to the broad field social studies major.

Potential Careers

•  Teacher/professor
•  Program administrator
•  Admissions counselor
•  Museum education coordinator

•  Legislative aide
•  Foreign service officer
•  Lobbyist
•  Policy advisor

•  Archivist
•  Museum guide
•  Historic preservationist
•  Living history interpreter

•  Grant writer
•  Information specialist
•  Library specialist

•  Attorney
•  Paralegal
•  Legal researcher

•  Communications director
•  Public relations officer
•  Journalist

Entry into the Major

Students should declare history as their intended major as early in their college career as possible by filing a Declaration of Major and Change of Advisor form with the registrar. The student's advisor should be from the history department. Formal acceptance into the major, however, occurs at the end of the sophomore year. At least of the required lower division history courses should be completed with no less than a C+ in each course. Students must also have a GPA of 2.0 or above. An application for acceptance into the major must then be filed with the chair of the history department at the beginning of the student's second semester of the sophomore year. Students will be notified of formal acceptance into the major by the chair of the history department, who will also notify the registrar.

Core Requirements

Required lower division courses:

Major Electives

Choose one Early Modern History and one Modern History elective.

Early Modern History: 

Modern History: 


Eighteen additional credits in upper division history courses with at least three credits from American History, three credits from European History and three credits from a course dealing mostly with matters after 1815 (which may simultaneously fulfill either the American or European requirement).

American History (choose at least one of the following):

European History (choose at least one of the following):

Post-1815 courses (choose at least one of the following which may simultaneously fulfill either the American or European requirement):

Additional upper division electives:

Recommended religious studies electives to complement the history major: