The History Department’s goals are:

  • to prepare broadly educated men and women for entry into diverse professional careers and public lives
  •  to foster the skills that history teaches: analysis, evaluation, and synthesis
  • to provide students the necessary prerequisites for coherent decisionmaking in all areas of professional life, especially those useful for careers in international relations, public and corporate administration, and law
  • to develop in history students a greater appreciation of a “multicultural world, a pluralistic nation, and a technological society.”

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history will:

  • be able to research historical problems and analyze their historical elements
  • demonstrate the ability to develop interpretive theses to explain and synthesize evidence
  • demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the conclusion of their studies to a general audience
  • be able to analyze the impact of changes over time
  1. Major
  2. Joint Major
  3. History Schedule
  4. CORE

Required courses (16 cr.)

Course NumberCourse Name
HIS 150 I Introduction to History
HIS 190 European History
HIS 350 History Seminar
HIS 499 Senior Seminar

Required to take two of the following courses (8 hours)

Course NumberCourse Name
HIS 160 U.S. History Survey
HIS 170 African-American History
HIS 180 African History

Required to take two of the following courses (8 hours):

Course NumberCourse Name
HIS 200 Selected Topics in U. S. History
HIS 210 Selected Topics in Afro-American History
HIS 220 Selected Topics in African History
HIS 230 Selected Topics in World History
HIS 240 Selected Topics in Women's History
HIS 300 Independent Study in History

Joint majors combining history and another discipline may be arranged according to the usual University regulations. Twenty-four credit hours in history courses are required of any joint major including HIS 150 and HIS 350.


First Year, Fall Semester (16 credits)

CORE 100 New Student Orientation 1 cr.
CORE 150 Composition I 3 cr.
Foreign Language 4 cr.
HIS 160, 180, 190 History or 270 4 cr.
Elective 4 cr.

First Year, Spring Semester (18 credits)

CORE 131 Mathematics 4 cr.
CORE 120 Critical Thinking 2 cr.
Foreign Language 4 cr.
HIS 160, 180, 190, History or 270 4 cr.
Elective 4 cr.

Second Year, Fall Semester (16 credits)

CORE 160 Composition II and Oral Communication 4 cr.
CORE Group C: The Arts 3- 4 cr.
Foreign Language 4 cr.
History any course 4 cr.

Second Year, Spring Semester (16 credits)


CORE Group A: Cultural Exposure 3- 4 cr.
CORE Group D: Science 3-4 cr.
HIS 150 Introduction to the Study of History 4 cr.
CORE 201 Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship 3-4 cr.

Third Year, Fall Semester (15 credits)

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CORE 260 Humanities: 3 cr.
CORE 360 The World & Its Peoples 4 cr.
History any course 4 cr.
Elective 4 cr.

Third Year, Spring Semester (16 credits)

History any course 4 cr.
CORE Group B: Analytical Skills 4 cr.
Electives 8 cr.

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (12 credits)

HIS 499 Senior Seminar 4 cr.
Elective (or history course) 4 cr.
CORE Group E: Social Science 3-4 cr.

Fourth Year, Spring Semester (11 credits)

History any course 4 cr.
Elective 3 cr.
Elective 4 cr.

The cafeteria style CORE curriculum will be chosen from one of the courses in each of the following groups, A - E.

Group A (Choose one of the following)

ART 291 African- American Art
ART 292 African Art
ENG 275 African-American Literature
HIS 180 African History
HIS 270 African-American History
MUS 200 World Music
MUS 206 Crosscurrents in African and African-American Music

Group B (Choose one of the following)

CORE 132 Mathematics II
BAD 200 Applied Calculus for Business and Economics
BAD 260 Applied Statistics
MATH 125 Discrete Mathematics
NSCI 360 Statistics
SSCI 280 Statistics for the Social Science Research

Group C (Choose one of the following)

CORE 220 Creative Arts
MUS 207 20th Century Music
MUS 208 History of Jazz ART 207 Arts and Ideas I
ART 208 Arts and Ideas II
MUS 205 Music in America

Group D (Choose CORE 240 or any two science disciplines from the list below)

CORE 240 Natural Science or, BIOL101, 101L General Biology and General Biology Lab
CHEM 113,103L General Chemistry and Experiments in General Chemistry
PHYS 130,130L University Physics and University Physics Lab

Group E (Choose one of the following)

ECON 230 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 240 Principles of Macroeconomics
HIS 160 United States History
PSCI 122 American Political Systems
PSY 180 General Psychology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology A total of 37- 41 hours (41 hours will be earned if one selects two science disciplines to satisfy group D) are required to fulfill the CORE requirement.