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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, Public History Concentration, B.A.

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Historians today practice their discipline in a variety of careers as well as in more traditional academic settings. Those historians who work in museums, archives, government agencies, libraries, historic preservation organizations, businesses, contract history firms, cultural resource management firms and historic sites are known as public historians because they use their skills as historians to serve a public audience. The concentration in Public History trains students in the broad range of skills and issues associated with public history while providing them with a solid general background in history.

Students pursuing the public history concentration augment their foundation of traditional history courses by taking introductory and specialized public history courses and completing a semester-long internship. History majors opting to pursue the public history concentration will complete seven elective courses, six of which must be 300/400 level history courses. The public history concentration consists of five courses (15 credit hours).

Students are required to complete two public history core courses and three elective courses. Two of the three elective courses should be chosen from the list of primary electives; the remaining elective course may be chosen from either the primary or secondary list of elective courses.

Degree and Major Requirements

The requirements for a major in history consist of introductory, mid- and upper-level courses. All courses introduce students to the nature of history and survey the globe in a historical context. In addition to involving reading, writing and critical thinking, these courses develop students’ elementary computer skills in identifying and interpreting research sources and presenting research results. The 100- and 200-level courses are world or regional surveys, covering extensive periods of time, while the 300- and 400-level courses focus on specific nations, time periods or themes. The upper-level courses also require more extensive analysis of sources, texts and interpretations. Courses at the 400 level are capstones where students are expected to show an advanced ability to meet all department objectives. Majors in history are strongly encouraged to continue study in foreign languages beyond the minimum university requirement and, when appropriate, to integrate their foreign language studies into their history classes.

This major requires three core courses. Two of these courses are introductory: HIST 101. World History to 1500 [C2HQC]  and HIST 102. World History Since 1500 [C2HQC] . The third required course is HIST 395. History Seminar . This seminar on research methods teaches students the most sophisticated computer applications for research and writing.

In addition to the core requirements, majors must take eight elective courses: two on the 200 level and six on the 300 and 400 levels. At least three of the six upper division courses must be taken at the 400 level. For students writing a senior honors thesis, only three hours of HIST 499. Honors , may be counted among the three 400-level courses required for the major.

Majors must also complete one course at the upper division level in each of the following fields: U.S. history, European history and World history.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • University electives 29-43 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 33 Credit Hours

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ placement test.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

Core Requirements


1 HUM 252  can fulfill this requirement when it focuses on Latin America and is taught by history faculty.
2 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Total: 33 Credit Hours

Additional Information

HIST courses can be double-counted toward General Education credit. HIST 395  may not be counted toward the 300/400 level course requirement. History majors must have completed HIST 395  in order to enroll in any 400-level history course. All other students wishing to enroll in any 400-level history course are not required to have taken HIST 395 , but must get an override from the faculty member teaching the 400-level history course. The faculty member will submit the override.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Second Year

Total: 31 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • History electives (mix 300 and 400 levels) 9 Credit Hours
  • Electives 18 Credit Hours
  • General Education  courses (Cluster Four ) 3 Credit Hours
Total: 30 Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements

Core Requirements


1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
2 Six (18 credit hours) of the seven electives must be 300/400-level history courses. At least three courses (9 credit hours) must be 400-level history courses. For honors majors, only three hours of HIST 499. Honors , may be counted among the three 400-level courses required for the major.

Total: 36 Credit Hours

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