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History Major

Degree Requirements

Are you a history major?   Here are the five essential rules and recommended course rotation you need to follow in order to successfully complete the program:

  1. You should begin considering possible career options during your freshman year and plan accordingly. History majors are broadly trained and have a diverse array of employment options, but finding the right professional fit will require planning on your part. Ask yourself often and repeatedly, "What am I going to do with this degree?" Then create a plan, working with history faculty and your advisor, to make that happen.
  2. You will keep every paper you write in a history class with your instructor's comments.  These papers will be important for HIS 499: Capstone.  You should keep both a hard copy and electronic copy of all your papers.
  3. You will take HIS 311: Introduction to Historical Thinking and Research the Fall semester of your sophomore or junior year.
  4. You will take HIS 499: Capstone the Fall semester of your senior year at The W which will require an article-length, original research project. You should consider project ideas throughout your time at The W.  Keep a running list of subject areas and potential topics, including related primary and secondary source information.
  5. You will take at least one global history class during your time at The W.  The program only guarantees one of these classes every two years, so scheduling will be an issue.  You must be sure to take one when it is offered.  Global history courses offered at The W are as follows:

    • HIS 358 The Latin America Republics
    • HIS 422 The Rise and Fall of Communism: A Global Study
    • HIS 428 Modern Eastern Europe
    • HIS 465 The World Wars and the Holocaust
    • HIS 327: The Rise of Islam: The Medieval Middle East

Recommended course rotation for history majors:
In addition to all other university core requirements and B.A. requirements, students must complete satisfactorily the following in this recommended order:

Year in Program:

Classes to Take:

Freshman Year

HIS 101-102 World Civilizations (6 hours)
HIS 109-110 History of the United States (6 hours)

Fall of Sophomore/Junior Year

HIS 311 Introduction to Historical Thinking and Research (3 hours)

Fall of Senior Year

HIS 499 Capstone (3 hours)

The following can be taken anytime 
in the Sophomore, Junior or Senior Year:

American History Electives (6 hours)
European History Electives (6 hours)
Open History Electives (9 hours)
Global History Elective (3 hours)

 

Transfer Students:

Transfer students come in with a range of coursework under their belt.  It is impossible to create a single degree plan for all transfers.  However, all transfers need to pay close attention to three issues 1) the language requirement 2) timing of HIS 311 and HIS 499 (which are only offered in the fall) and 3) the global history requirement.  It is very important that transfer students begin the language requirement as soon as possible.  They also will need to make sure they complete the global history requirement.  

All transfer students should schedule an appointment with their advisor in the first weeks of the first semester they come to The W.  This will ensure that they get up-to-date information on the degree schedule as soon as possible. 

 

Year in Program:

Classes to Take:

Junior Year

HIS 311 Introduction to Historical Thinking and Research (3 hours) (Fall)
Language requirements (100-level, 8 hours)

Senior Year

HIS 499 Capstone (3 hours) (Fall)
Language requirements (200-level, 6 hours)

 

General Education recommendations:

Students interested in attending law school are encouraged to take PHL 205 Logic for their Critical Thinking course or as an Open elective.  The history section of the Humanities and Fine Arts area and the Social Science area of General Education curriculum are satisfied with major courses.

 

EIGHT-SEMESTER DEGREE PLAN FOR HISTORY B.A.

Fall courses:

Cr.

Spring courses:

Cr.

Semester 1

HIS 101
FLF or FLS 101
UN 101
Gen Ed: EN 101
Gen Ed: Social Science EC/GEO/SOC (100/200-level)
Gen Ed: HK or HKC course

 

3
4
1
3

3
1

Semester 2

HIS 102
FLF or FLS 102
Gen Ed: EN 102
Gen Ed: HIS 110
Gen Ed: MA 113

 

3
4
3
3
3
3

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

16

Semester 3

HIS 109
FLF or FLS 201
Gen Ed: Natural Science I (w/ lab)
Gen Ed: COM 101
Gen Ed: Literature (EN)

 

3
3
4
3
3

Semester 4

HIS 110
FLF or FLS 202
Gen Ed: Natural Science II (w/ lab)
Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (PHL)
Gen Ed: Fine Arts

 

3
3
4
3
3

TOTAL

16

TOTAL

16

Semester 5

HIS 311
HIS American elective
HIS Global elective
HIS European elective
HIS open elective

 

3
3
3
3
3

Semester 6

HIS American elective
HIS European elective
HIS open electives
Open electives

 

3
3
6
4

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

16

Semester 7

HIS 499
Open electives

 

3
12

Semester 8

Open electives

 

15

 

 

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

15

TOTAL CREDITS = 124

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