The Bachelor of Arts in History is designed to provide the intellectual breadth and the analytical skills that allow students to make meaningful connections between the past and the present. To that end, history majors are encouraged to interpret and question the cultural, social, economic and political factors that shape the ways in which individuals, societies, and cultures change over time.

History faculty help students develop the skills of historical analysis, critical reading and writing, and research through a combination of survey courses and limited enrolment seminars. Throughout the history program, students develop their intellectual agility, curiosity, and responsibility, along with research and communicative abilities. As such, our history major provides a strong foundation for graduate study in history and related fields, professional education (e.g., Law School or teacher training), and careers in any field that places a high value on analytical and communicative skills.

Learning Outcomes for the History Major

Students who are following the pre-Fall 2016 major can view the learning outcomes here.

  • LOS 1: Identity, interpret, and develop well-reasoned and strongly supported explanations of major historical processes and developments.
  • LOS 2: Identity, interpret, and explain how interactions between different groups within single societies, polities, and cultures, along with those crossing such boundaries, contributed to shaping distinctive historical identities and outcomes.
  • LOS 3: Evaluate and analyze differing scholarly arguments and interpretations relating to different historical problems and will learn to identify how historians have examined and interpreted different cultures over time.
  • LOS 4: Develop an understanding of how context and audience contribute to shaping historical interpretation and perspective on the past through the analysis of a variety of sources.
  • LOS 5: Become aware of the importance of finding, using and producing reliable information and learn to respect the academic integrity and ethical standards in academic work.


A. The Proficiency Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Language.

B. The General Distribution Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics, and Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. (The General Distribution Humanities Requirements will also be satisfied by taking the core courses listed below.)

C. Core Curriculum

  • HS 120 Introduction to Western Civilization I
  • HS 121 Introduction to Western Civilization II
  • HS 200 Doing History
  • HS 201 The Long-Term History of Globalization
  • One 200 or 300 level HS course in each of the following areas: Ancient History (before c. 500 C.E.), Medieval History (c. 500-1500 C.E.), Early Modern History (c. 1500-1800 C.E.), Modern History (c. 1800-2000 C.E.)
  • HM 460 Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • HS 480 Senior Thesis

The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses required for the major.

D. Major Electives

Seven HS courses, at least four of which are at 300 level. At least two of these must be 300-level courses designated as 'Research Seminars'—students are strongly encouraged to complete these before the semester in which they enroll for their thesis. Students are encouraged to propose relevant courses from other disciplines to be considered as major electives. Such proposals must be approved by their advisor and the Humanities Department Chair.

E. General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.

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