Major Requirements

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 the Declaration of Major/Change of Advisor form with the registrar. The student should simultaneously switch to an advisor in the History Department. The advisor will provide the student with an application for formal acceptance into the major, which generally occurs at the end of the sophomore year. At least four of the required lower division requirements or electives should be completed with no less than a “C+” in each course. Students must also have a GPA of 2.0 or above. 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, at least one of which must be a HIST course:

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:

Lower division

Upper division