BA in History

General

Program Description

The Department of History provides students with the skills to analyze and develop perspectives on the past, its cultures, ideas, and value systems. Possession of these skills allows students to better understand and appreciate the present state of affairs and future possibilities.


Career Opportunities for the History Major or Minor

As a history student, you will develop skills of critical thinking and writing that you will find indispensable as you pursue a variety of careers, including education, research, law, business, public affairs, and the service professions.


Scholarships

The Department of History has three awards available for students. The first, the Brommel-Lindberg Scholarship in History, provides one undergraduate history major at the junior level or above $1,200 for tuition and fees at Northeastern for the following academic year.

The second, the J. Frederick MacDonald Scholarship, provides one undergraduate history major at the junior level or above $800 for tuition and fees the following academic year.

The third, the Susan E. Rosa Memorial Award for Graduate Studies, provides $1,000 for a junior or senior history major or minor who is promising in the field and intends to pursue graduate study in the humanities or social sciences.


Learning Requirements

Required Courses
HIST-111A World History: The Origins Of The West, To 1500 3
HIST-111B World History: The West And The World, 1500-Present 3
HIST-214 United States History 1607-1877 3
HIST-215 United States History 1877-Present 3
HIST-275 Writing Intensive Program: Writing And Methods For Majors* 3
One course in non-European and non-United States History at the 100-level: 111C, 111D, 111E, or 111F. 3
Six courses, chosen from 300-level electives in history with the approval of an advisor. One of these must be in non-European, non-United States History. 18
Total Hours 36

*This course must be taken as soon as possible after the declaration of the History major.


Students should also be aware of the University requirements for the Bachelor's degree, in particular, all history majors must take a history writing intensive course.

Students wishing to be licensed for teaching history in secondary schools should consult the Secondary Education section of this catalog. Students seeking licensure to teach United States history are required to complete 8 semester hours in U.S. history.

All history majors are required to establish an Assessment Portfolio with the Departmental secretary before graduation. The purpose of this portfolio is solely to assess the effectiveness of the history curriculum in meeting the goals of the major. The portfolio will consist of either one research paper of at least 10 pages in length or three theme papers of 3-5 pages in length (book reviews are not acceptable). The paper(s) must have been written for coursework in history at Northeastern. Although student papers will not be graded and will only be assessed for statistical purposes, students are nonetheless encouraged to submit their best work for evaluation. STUDENTS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO KEEP COPIES OF ALL APPROPRIATE HISTORY PAPERS (or they may deposit copies of their papers with the departmental secretary at the time such papers are handed back by their instructors).

Last updated October 2018

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