History Major, Concentration in Foreign Service

Requirements for a Major in History, Concentration in Foreign Service

Programs are individually planned with the student’s advisor and prepare individuals for careers in the State Department and the intelligence community. In addition to required courses, students will be encouraged to elect courses in the areas of economics, languages, management, geography, and related fields.

Requirements for a Major in History(15 credits)
HI-103World Civilization I3
HI-104World Civilization II3
HI-105World Civilization III3
HI-111US History I3
HI-112US History II3
Electives 1(24 credits)
US History electives6
European History electives6
Area Studies electives6
Select one other elective in history, which can be from the “General” category 23
Two electives must be at the 300 or 400 level 33
Historical Methods 4(3 credits)
HI-411The Historian's Craft3
or HI-440 Internship in History
Capstone Experience 5(3 credits)
HI-460Senior Research Seminar in History3
or HI-470 Senior Thesis in History
Total Credits45

All electives must be at the 200 level or higher.


Any history offerings excluding required survey courses HI-103, HI-104, HI-105, HI-111 and HI-112)


Two electives must be at the 300 or 400 level excluding required HI-411


To be taken during sophomore or junior year.


For majors entering in curriculum year 2010 and later: Senior capstone experience, usually taken during Fall of senior year.

Exception for Double Majors in Early Childhood or Elementary Education

Only 36 History credits are required; a student may opt to omit the "One Other" elective and the capstone course. If not taking the capstone course, the senior capstone requirement must be fulfilled by submission of a non-credit History Learning Portfolio before or during the student-teaching semester. See department for Portfolio forms and submission guidelines.