B.A. in History

HPRS: History Program Suggested History Major Four-Year Course Plan

Major Requirements

Summary of Requirements


General Studies


Pre-Major Courses


Major Courses


Free Elective Courses




Requirements for a Major in History

Students who wish to major in history must have a 2.0 GPA for admission. Students with a major in history must maintain a 2.0 GPA in history courses with no more than two grades of D+ or lower in major courses.

Required pre-major courses 12 hours

To be taken in the freshman or sophomore year:
HIS 101 World Civilization I (3)
HIS 102 World Civilization II (3)
HIS 111 American History I (3)
HIS 112 American History II (3)

Required history courses 6 hours

HIS 287 Research Methods in History (3)
HIS 493 Senior Seminar (3)

Elective history courses 18 hours

A history major will be allowed to substitute one government course for a history elective in the major. Such substitution must be done with the approval of academic advisors.

U.S. history courses
Choose one course:
HIS 331 History of the American Deaf Community (3)
HIS 332 History of Mass Media and the Deaf Community (3)
HIS 333 History of Disability in the U.S. (3)
HIS 340 Nineteenth Century American Deaf History (3)
HIS 375 African-American History: Civil War to the Present (3)
HIS 376 History of the American City (3)
HIS 377 The United States in the Twentieth Century (3)
HIS 378 U.S. Women's History (3)
HIS 381 Gay and Lesbian History (3)
HIS 400 Deaf Women's History (3)
HIS 460 American Colonial History (3)

European history courses
Choose one course:
HIS 300 Nazi Germany and World War II Through Film (3)
HIS 345 Nineteenth-Century Europe (3)
HIS 346 Twentieth-Century Europe (3)
HIS 380 The History of Sexuality (3)
HIS 440 The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon (3)

Africa, Middle East, and Latin America
Choose one course:
HIS 344 History of the Modern Middle East (3)
HIS 351 History of Africa (3)
HIS 352 Social Movements and Revolution in Latin America (3)
HIS 353 History of Race, Gender, and Culture in Latin America (3)
HIS 430 History of Latin America (3)

Choose the remainder of the 18 credits in consultation with the department. Any elective course listed above or below may be taken.

Other elective history courses
HIS 150 Introduction to Women's Studies (3)
HIS 322 Cultural Geography (3)
HIS 322 Geography and the Environment (3)
HIS 495 Special Topics (1-3)
HIS 499 Independent Study (1-3)

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