The History major is designed to give students a broad understanding of cultural, political and intellectual development through the ages. By assessing and interpreting past events, students will develop skills in historical research and critical thinking.

Students will complete a 36 credit major with emphasis on United States and World History culminating in the capstone course, HIS430 Seminar in History. By recommendation of a faculty member, students may elect to take a practicum in History.

Completion of the History major will prepare students to pursue graduate studies in the field of History and provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in many areas including Business/Management, Communications, Law, Information/Library/Archival Sciences, Public Administration, and Political Science. Two courses from the major may be applied to the General Education Program requirements in Social Sciences. Additionally, when the History major requirements are combined with the Secondary Education requirements listed in this catalog, students may prepare for a license as a high school social studies teacher.

Popular Culture Concentration (History)

History majors may choose a concentration in Popular Culture, in addition to more traditional studies. The Popular Culture concentration emphasizes the reading and analysis of film, television, music, video games, genre literature, and other mass-produced forms. The Popular Culture emphasis will be useful for students who are interested in graduate studies in English, Cultural/American Studies, History, or Communication. Also, students are interested in secondary education, new media, marketing, advertising, and entrepreneurship will find the skills and theories in the Popular Culture concentration useful to their careers.

General Education Core Requirements

  • ENG101 Introduction to College Writing and Information Literacy
  • ENG102 Reading and Writing About Literature
  • COM101 Speech Communication
  • English Elective
  • Fine Arts
  • MAT202 Statistics
  • Math Elective
  • CIS101A Microsoft Windows/Word
  • Natural Sciences
  • PHI301 Ethics for the Professional
  • Elective in Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences (History, Geography, Political Science, ECO101)
  • Behavioral Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Human Services, Anthropology)
  • ACT110 College Experience
  • Global Awareness*

* The global awareness requirement is met by completing one three-credit English, Social Science, or Religious Studies course that is designated as meeting this requirement.

Specific Requirements for History Majors

  • HIS101 World Civilizations I
  • HIS102 World Civilizations II
  • HIS103 United States History I
  • HIS104 United States History II
  • HIS201 The World Since 1945
  • HIS202 United States History Since 1945
  • HIS205 Historical Inquiry
  • HIS430 Seminar in History

Distributive Requirements

  • Four History electives with nine credits at or above the 300 level

Download our Academic Catalog for complete program details.