The history curriculum offers courses that provide all University students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the development of the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. These courses also assist students in refining their reading, listening, critical thinking, writing, communication, and research skills. The history curriculum offers integrated perspectives on political, social, economic, cultural, and military factors, which have shaped the city, the state, the nation, the region, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
The history major is designed for students seeking a greater understanding of the past, teaching certification for grades 4-8 and secondary education, or preparation for careers in public history and graduate-level studies in the humanities and law. Drawing upon the holdings of the Special Collections and Archives Department as well as other library resources, the program also offers graduate courses for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in History program.
Students majoring in history choose one of two tracks, Historical Studies or Public History. With minor exceptions, both tracks share a common core but have different emphases in their upper-division electives. Both require a minimum of 33 semester hours of history coursework, at least 27 of which must be at the upper-division level. Six additional hours of lower-division United States history are required as part of the Core Curriculum Program. The College of Liberal Arts also requires students in history to take at least 6 hours of a second language. Students planning to pursue graduate study should elect additional courses which help achieve proficiency in foreign languages and/or statistics.
Student Learning Outcomes
- think critically, read analytically, and write clearly;
- conduct independent research, handle primary sources, and construct an original historical thesis;
- and understand the social, economic, cultural, and political dimensions of historical development.