About the CCPS History Program

About the CCPS History Program

The study of history develops out of the perennial interest that people have about their past. History explores the events that shape societies. Studying the record of the past opens insights into what happens today, and what may happen tomorrow. The fundamental importance of history explains why it is among the most venerable of the liberal arts, and why it continues to attract new scholars.

The history major begins with a broad foundation, then allows a student to build upon it with courses that most closely match his or her interests. Students take 15 hours of required courses and choose electives in the categories of European history, Social history, American history, and World history.

Bachelor of Science in History Curriculum

In addition to the general education requirements, the history major requires 33 hours of coursework in the following distribution:

Required Courses (15 hours):
HIST 101: Survey of United States History I
HIST 102: Survey of United States History II
HIST 103: Western Civilization I (to 1550 C.E.)
HIST 104: Western Civilization II (1550 C.E. - Present)
HIST 493: Senior Seminar

Choose two course from European History (6 hours):
HIST 220: Ancient Civilizations
HIST 223: Medieval Civilization
HIST 225: Renaissance and Reformation History
HIST 245: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIST 282: History of Witch Hunts
HIST 321: Women in European History

Choose two course from American History (6 hours):
HIST 302: U.S. Foreign Policy
HIST 323: History of Women in America
HIST 330: The American Civil War
HIST 332: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
HIST 335: History of American Fourtier
HIST 350: African-American History

Choose two courses from World History (6 hours):
HIST 251: Slavery in Human History
HIST 334: Russia and Eurasia
HIST 344: History of Modern Africa
HIST 345: Modern Asia
HIST 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East
HIST 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 385: Cold War Conflicts in the Developing World

Majors should complete the introductory courses in their first two years. For instance, majors should complete HIST 101 Survey of United States History I and HIST 102 Survey Survey of United States History II before enrolling in HIST 350 African-American History; and HIST 103 Western Civilization I before enrolling in HIST 282 History of Witch Hunts. 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.