The History Department offers a flexible major that allows students to pursue their intellectual interests, while maintaining methodological rigor through History 101 and a lengthy research paper required via completing History 480, History 481, or History 490. The department also offers a minor that works well with any number of other majors.
Students majoring in History are required to take at least one course in each of the four following regions: Asia/Middle East, the Global South, Europe, and the United States. They are also required to take at least one pre-1800 course. We encourage students to try out several different regions and eras so they can pursue upper-level courses in the the issues that interest them most. Highly motivated students should consider taking at least one 400-level course before their senior year, and to discuss the possibility of an honors thesis with a faculty member they see as a possible honors advisor.
The department also makes a number of courses available during both summer sessions and winter term, to make moving toward meeting all departmen requirements for graduation more easily available for students with non-tradiitonal schedules. Multiple courses are offered online as well, with the same goal in mind. Every student is assigned an advisor and is encouraged to come by any professor's office hours to discus their goals and how the department can help them meet these goals.