History Major

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. Thematic courses address film and history, military history, biography, and gender, race, and cultural studies. The senior capstone seminar provides opportunity for independent research by examining historical documents. Departmental honors, Phi Alpha Theta, history club and field trips provide students additional opportunities to interact with faculty. The department encourages students to consider studying abroad or to complete an internship as a supplement to the major or minor.

The History program offers two tracks, one for History majors, and the other for students pursuing majors in both History and Secondary Education.

  • Track 1: History, requires a minimum completion of 27 credit hours.
  • Track 2: History-Secondary Education requires a minimum of 27 hours. Requires the necessary Department of Education courses needed to earn a major in Secondary Education. Please refer to the Secondary Education page for specific requirements.

The following courses are required for all History majors

Methods in History Course (choose one)

(Students must meet this requirement before enrolling in any 300-level history course.)

Track 1: History

12 hours must be upper division coursework

Capstone Course

Track 2: History – Secondary Education

9 hours must be upper division coursework

Optional: Professional learning experiences include Internships and HIST 496: Honors Research.


All History majors should keep a file of important assignments completed in their History courses. Items to be placed in the file include any written assignments graded or evaluated by the professor, such as written projects, including exams, research papers, and blogs; as well as any internship projects and/or audio/video materials. The contents of the file will be used to develop a senior portfolio, a course requirement in HPRL 493 Senior Seminar. To be submitted in December of the senior year, the senior portfolio is a reflective document that provides evidence of a student’s learning achievements and may be used to facilitate career planning, job search activities and/or admittance to graduate programs.