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About the CCPS History Program

The Department of History offers introductory survey courses, research methods seminars and upper level subject studies in American, European, African, Asian and Middle Eastern history. Many of the courses are writing intensive and strive to prepare the history major for professional careers in the field. The senior capstone seminar provides opportunity for independent research of historical documents.

The history major requires 36 hours of coursework in the following distribution:

HIST 101: United States History to 1865
HIST 102: United States History, 1865 to Present
HIST 107: World History to 1500
HIST 108: World History from 1500
HIST 259: Engaging the Past
HIST 493: Senior Seminar

Choose two courses from European History:

HIST 223: Medieval Europe
HIST 225: Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 245: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIST 282: History of Witch Hunts
HIST 321: Women in European History
HIST 380: Hitler and Stalin

Choose two courses from American History:

HIST 265: Native American History
HIST 307: Missouri History: Precontact to Present
HIST 323: Women in American History
HIST 330: The American Civil War
HIST 332: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
HIST 335: History of American Frontier
HIST 343: Latin American History
HIST 350: African-American History

Choose two courses from World History: 6 hours

HIST 251: History of Slavery
HIST 334: Russia and Eurasian Republics
HIST 344: History of Modern Africa
HIST 346: History of Modern China
HIST 347: History of Modern Japan
PLSC 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 385: Cold War Conflict and the Developing World

Majors should complete the introductory courses in their first two years. For instance, majors should complete HIST 101 United States History to 1865, and HIST 102 United States History from 1865 to present, before enrolling in HIST 350 African-American History; and HIST 107 World History to 1500, and HIST 108 World History from 1500, before enrolling in HIST 282 History of Witch Hunts.

Because LIBR 211: Information Research Skills and ENGL 150: Composition involve the development of foundational academic competencies, majors should plan to finish each of these courses during the first two semesters of enrollment.

Majors should complete HIST 259 Engaging the Past: Regional History during their sophomore year. Majors should complete all required introductory courses and at least four upper-level classes by the end of their junior year. Most coursework should be finished before students enroll in HIST 493 Capstone Research Seminar.

General Education Courses

Students must take the following courses as part of general education requirements:

ENGL 207: Expository Writing 
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.

Choose one of the following:

GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software
GSTU 210: Desktop Applications for PCs
GSTU 211: Desktop Applications for Macs