2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA/MA (2205)

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BA in History Requirement

College Core 57-63 credits
Major Requirements 24 credits
Corequisites 6 credits
Liberal Arts Electives 0-3 credits
Open Electives 27-30 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Undergraduate Major Requirements

300 and 400 Level Courses

Five courses (15 credits) chosen from the 300 and 400 level offerings including one course from each of the following: American History, European History and Non-Western History, one of which may be a graduate course and count towards both degrees. Each student may take a sixth graduate course during each semester of the third and fourth year without charge. The sixth course must always be selected from the graduate offerings in history and approved by the student’s advisor. To enter the program, a student must have and maintain a 3.2 cumulative index.

The MA Requires 33 credits.

See Graduate Catalog for full course listing.

Graduate Core Requirements (9 credits)

Three of the following five courses

  • HST 700 - The Heritage and Challenges of Historical Research 3 Credits
  • HST 703 - Topics in Non-Western History 3 Credits
  • HST 705 - A History of Economic Ideas 3 Credits
  • HST 710 - Historical Geography 3 Credits
  • HST 797 - Contemporary Problems in Global Civilization 3 Credits

Specialization Courses

Each student will select five courses from one of the two areas (major) and two courses from the other area (minor).

Area I - Asia and Africa (3 credits each)

  • HST 780 - The Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean 3 Credits
  • HST 781 - Islamic Civilization from Mohammed to the Ottomans 3 Credits
  • HST 782 - The Middle East from the Ottomans to European Hegemony 3 Credits
  • HST 784 - Indian Civilization 3 Credits
  • HST 785 - Chinese Civilization 3 Credits
  • HST 786 - Japanese Civilization 3 Credits
  • HST 787 - Asian Thought and Society 3 Credits
  • HST 788 - Africa to the Era of the Slave Trade 3 Credits
  • HST 789 - Africa in the Modern World 3 Credits

Area II - Europe and the Americas (3 credits each)

  • HST 765 - Europe in the Middle Ages 3 Credits
  • HST 770 - The Shaping of Modern Europe: 1789-1914 3 Credits
  • HST 771 - The Shaping of Contemporary Europe: 1914 to Present 3 Credits
  • HST 775 - The Origins and Practice of Totalitarianism 3 Credits
  • HST 776 - The Industrialization of Europe 3 Credits
  • HST 780 - The Ancient Near East and Mediterranean 3 Credits
  • HST 790 - Russian Communism and Culture in the Soviet Age 3 Credits
  • HST 791 - The Latin American World: Continuity and Change 3 Credits
  • HST 792 - Colonial Latin America 3 Credits
  • HST 793 - Modern Latin America 3 Credits
  • HST 794 - History of the Caribbean Area 3 Credits
  • HST 796 - Colloquium in History 3 Credits
  • HST 820 - History of Race and Ethnic Relations 3 Credits
  • HST 860 - Prelude to Nationhood: America to 1787 3 Credits
  • HST 861 - Nationalism and Sectionalism: 1787-1877 3 Credits
  • HST 862 - Industrialism and Reform: 1877-1914 3 Credits
  • HST 863 - War and Peace: America Since 1914 3 Credits
  • HST 872 - Makers of American History 3 Credits

Total Area I and Area II: 21 credits


In addition, there are a number of topical courses, which, depending on their focus, can be applied to either Area I or Area II. Students should consult with chairperson or graduate advisor to determine the area of specialization before registering. Courses in this category are: HST 701, HST 990-999.

Culminating Experience

Option A

  • HST 981 - Thesis
  • HST 982 - Thesis

With approval of their advisor, students may opt to undertake either a three (3) credit (HST 981) or a six (6) credit (HST 981 and 982) thesis. If selecting the six-credit option, HST 982 will be counted as one of the five courses required in the major area of concentration.

Option B

Two additional courses approved by the chairperson of the department or graduate adviser. One of these two courses must involve a special research project that demonstrates the student’s ability to undertake original scholarly research.

Comprehensive Examination

Students must complete all foundation course requirements and a total of 15 credits in the major and minor area before taking the comprehensive exam. Completion of 24 credits is therefore the prerequisite for taking the exam. The exam will be scheduled in the spring semester of each year.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students may satisfy the requirement for proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of an examination administered by an appropriate faculty member from the Department of Foreign Languages or the Department of History. The exam will consist of translating a passage in the chosen language, with the candidate allowed to use a dictionary. The examination is limited to one hour in length.
  2. Successful completion, during the period of graduate study, of at least three credit hours of approved undergraduate, upper-division language course work with a minimum of a “B.”
  3. Successful completion of a foreign language reading comprehensive course at another institution. Prior approval by the chairperson or graduate adviser is needed.

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