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History

Academic Requirements

The Major

One year of introductory work at the College level is required for admission to the major.

A major in history consists of two of the yearlong introductory sequences:

  • HIS 101, 102. Early Origins of Western Civilization OR
  • HIS 103, 104. Modern World History AND
  • HIS 201, 202. History of the United States

Students also take 8 courses at the 300 or 400 level. At least one course must be selected from each of the following five categories:

1. Pre-1860 United States

  • 313: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century America
  • 315: The Early Republic
  • 319: African-American History to 1865
  • 342: Victorian America
  • 343: History of American Women
  • 414: Comparative Cultural Encounters

2. Post-1860 United States

  • 318: Historical Film Genres
  • 320: African-American History From 1865
  • 334: The American Civil War
  • 335: Reconstruction and the Gilded Age
  • 336: Progressivism and the Twenties
  • 337: The New Deal and World War II
  • 342: Victorian America
  • 343: History of American Women
  • 344: Hollywood Films in the Depression and World War II

3. Early Europe

  • 351: Ancient Rome
  • 353: Medieval Europe
  • 354: Renaissance and Reformation
  • 355: Women in Medieval Europe

4. Modern Europe

  • 360: Twentieth-Century Germany
  • 391: Russia and the Soviet Union I
  • 392: Russia and the Soviet Union II

5. Global

  • 371: History of South Africa
  • 381: History of Modern China
  • 383: History of Modern Japan
  • 357: Early Islamic Civilization
  • 372: Colonial Latin America
  • 473: Latin American Literature as History

Students will also take any two additional history courses at the 300 and 400 level, plus HIS 399 and the SCE.

For students matriculating 2009-2010 and before:

A major in history consists of two of the yearlong introductory sequences:

  • HIS 101, 102. Early Origins of Western Civilization OR
  • HIS 103, 104. Modern World History AND
  • HIS 201, 202. History of the United States

and eight semester-long courses numbered 300 or 400. At least three of the courses must be in U.S. history and at least three of the courses must be outside of U.S. history.

History majors have opportunities for internships with the Kent County Historical Society, the Maryland Department of Archives and History, the Maryland General Assembly, the Office of the Governor of Maryland, and the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government in London, and others.

History majors are eligible to prepare for secondary school teaching certification either in history or social studies. To ensure proper scheduling of courses, interested students should consult with the chairs of the History and Education Departments as early in their college careers as possible.

Students who major in history may wish to pursue a regional concentration. These concentrations are administered through the International Studies Program, but students are not required to major in International Studies. Current regions of study include African, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Near Eastern Studies, and Western European Studies. More information about the requirements for these concentrations can be found in the International Studies Program section in this catalog.

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience in history consists of studies in historiographical techniques and preparation of a substantial senior thesis. During the spring term of the junior year, history majors participate in a required course entitled Historical Method (HIS 399). In connection with this course, each student is assigned a thesis advisor under whose supervision a prospectus, preliminary bibliography and other elements are prepared. Students who wish to be considered for departmental honors, or who are preparing for graduate study in history or related fields, should request permission to attempt an honors thesis. Students who wish to be candidates for honors on the senior thesis must have a 3.5 grade point average by the start of Spring semester junior year.

The Minor

The history minor consists of at least six courses: one of the introductory sequences (101 and 102; 103 and 104; 201 and 202) and at least four more courses at the 300 or 400 level. Introductory sequences must be taken at the college level; AP credits will not count toward the history minor.

Distribution Credit

Students selecting history as part of their distribution requirement may take any one of the following year sequences:

  • HIS 101, 102. Early Origins of Western Civilization
  • HIS 103, 104. Modern World History
  • HIS 201, 202. History of the United States

Completion of any one of these sequences is a prerequisite for admission to departmental courses numbered 300 or 400.