Read this section carefully because you must fulfill this distribution of coursework. It's organized to give you a broad historical background and in-depth study of selected topics and periods. You should check with the director of undergraduate studies about your choices and progress at least once a year.

Note: There is no time limit on earning a B.A. degree, but students taking a long time to complete their degree must choose between fulfilling the requirements in effect at the time of their admission, or those in effect at the time of their graduation. Partial substitutions will not be allowed.

Students who declared their major before August 2012 should consult with Prof. Hummer about previous survey requirements that apply to them.

You must accumulate at least 33 credit hours of coursework in history courses (HIS) with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00 . A maximum of 46 credits is allowed; any more will not be counted as part of the 120 credits necessary for graduation. You may use a maximum of 16 credits for history courses completed elsewhere, at the discretion of the director of undergraduate studies.

  • Survey sequence courses - You must complete at least one course from each survey sequence.
    • European History - HIS 1000, 1300
    • US History - 1050, 2040, 2050
    • World History - 1400, 1600, 1610, 1710, 1810, 1900, 1910
  • You must do upper-division work in history. You must complete at least five HIS courses numbered 3000 or above (excluding 4990, 4997, 5993 and 5996), for a total of at least 18 credit hours .
  • 4) You must do work in the history of different geographical areas:
    • Two courses in European history
    • Two courses in American history
    • Two courses in African, Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Latin American history
    • One course must be lower-level and one numbered 3000 or above.
  • You must do work in different time periods of history. Two of your courses must be in the pre-1800 period and two in the post 1800 period. If a course crosses the 1800 boundary, you may count it in only one of the two time periods. Otherwise, you are free to fill these categories with any level courses, any topical courses.
  • You are required to take HIS 5996 (Capstone Course for Majors, 3 credits). This course is offered on a regular basis; students should organize their programs to allow them to enroll in their senior year. It will include: historiography, research methods, the process of historical writing, and the production of a major research paper.
  • You must register and complete HIS 5993 (The Writing Intensive Course, 0 credits) in conjunction with the capstone course, HIS 5996 . At the end of the term, the instructor will assign a grade in the 5996 course and a separate grade – either S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) – in HIS 5993. Incompletes (I) will be granted only in rare cases.

You fulfill the writing-intensive requirement in history by submitting an acceptable paper of approximately 20-25 pages, with notes and an annotated bibliography, that has gone through one revision under an instructor's supervision . This writing project is the sole content of a special course, HIS 5993, worth zero credits taken in conjunction with the Capstone Course, HIS 5996. HIS 5993 must be completed before you graduate . You should be prepared to accept the heaviest workload of your academic career during the term in which you elect HIS 5993. It's probably the single most important piece of work you'll produce as an undergraduate. Plan accordingly.

 For a fuller description of the B.A. in History, please consult the Undergraduate Handbook.

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