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General Education Requirements

The Department offers nine courses that fulfill the Writing Intensive Requirement, HIST 228, 231, 232, 343, 356, 362, 371, 372 and 373; 12 courses that fulfill the Domestic component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, HIST 121, 122, 204, 324, 356, 357, 366, 367, 368, 369, 372 and 373; and 12 courses that fulfill the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, HIST 226, 228, 231, 232, 353, 354, 374, 376, 377, 378, 472 and 473.

The Major

Majors are required to take a total of 35 credits:

  • 3 or more courses from a geographic area (Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, United States)
  • 3 or more courses from a thematic area (Peace and Conflict; Race and Ethnicity; Gender and Sexuality; Urban History; Imperialism/Colonialism; Revolution and Social Justice; Science, Medicine, and Technology)
  • 2 Non-Western courses (may overlap with other requirements)
  • HIST 2XX: Introduction to Research Methods
  • 2 upper-level research courses, chosen from upper-level four-credit courses (other than HIST 410 and 482) that are designated as giving Research Credit, HIST 484 Ford/Knight Research Project, or the Newberry Library Program.
  • One of the following two courses:
    • HIST 410 Philosophy of History
    • HIST 482 American Historiography
  • HIST 488 Senior Capstone Experience. The Capstone Experience is a history colloquium.

The Minor

Students must take no fewer than five courses, with at least three courses in one geographic or thematic area and one course in another area. Among these courses:

  • one must be a CP in history
  • one must be designated as giving research credit

AND

  • one must be either
    HIST 410 Philosophy of History OR
    HIST 482 American Historiography.