College of Liberal Arts
Department of History
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits
The history department seeks to make students aware of the human cultural
heritage, the great problems that have faced humans throughout history
and how we have sought to solve them.
The department also trains students to apply the historical method which
offers analysis based on the dimension of time. Discussion, focused on
concrete, specific events, persons and judgments, explains why things are
as they are. Students learn effective historical research and writing.
Through the study of history, students prepare for careers in public service
agencies; as members of management teams, particularly in the area of policy
analysis; for careers in teaching; or for advanced work in history and
other social sciences.
- Complete the general
university requirements. As part of the core curriculum requirements,
complete HIST 100X.*
- Complete the B.A.
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
a. Complete 3 of the following:
HIST 101Western Civilization 3 credits
HIST 102Western Civilization 3 credits
HIST 121East Asian Civilization 3 credits
HIST 122East Asian Civilization 3 credits
HIST 131History of the U.S. 3 credits
HIST 132History of the U.S. 3 credits
b. Complete the following:
HIST 275Perspectives on History 3 credits
c. Complete 5 HIST courses at the 300- or 400-level, at least 2 of which
must be at the 400-level. 15
d. Of the courses for the major, at least two (at any level) must be taken
in each of the following three fields. These courses must be approved by
1. United States history
2. European history
3. Other areas, such as
Northern history (including Alaska)
World or non-western (non-US, non-Europe) history
e. Complete the following:
HIST 475WHistoriography 3
HIST 476W/OSenior Thesis 3
- Minimum credits required 120
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
Note: Students who are considering graduate work in history are strongly urged
to take at least two years of a foreign language.
Note: History majors are strongly urged to consult with the history department
regarding the selection of a minor.
- Complete HIST electives at the 300-level or above 6
- Complete HIST electives 12
- Minimum credits required 18