About the CCPS History Program

History is the study of peoples, societies and events from the earliest times to the present. By studying the past, historians seek to provide meaningful interpretations of the human experience. History is grounded in the examination of primary sources such as documents, wills, poems or artifacts in order to illuminate the past. Studying the traditions, events and decisions of those in the past provides insights for the contemporary world. The history major serves as excellent preparation for careers in education, public policy, consultancy, museum work, law, park service, libraries and business. History majors have attended graduate and professional schools in history, anthropology, museum studies, divinity studies, law and medicine. The analytical thinking and writing skills associated with history provide important professional and civic competencies for practical application in many fields.

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 The senior capstone seminar provides opportunity for independent research of historical documents.


Program Requirements

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

Required
Courses

3 hrs

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3 hrs

HIST 101, 102, 107, 108, 259 and senior status


European
History
(Choose 2) 

3 hrs

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3 hrs

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3 hrs None

American
History
(Choose 2) 
3 hrs None
3 hrs None
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3 hrs None
3 hrs None
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World
History
(Choose 2) 


3 hrs None
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TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

36 hrs


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 Senior Seminar.