History Major, Concentration in Public History

Requirements for a Major in History, Concentration in Public History

Juniors and seniors have the opportunity for independent study and off-campus internships. Students may receive academic credit for internships in history museums, historic restorations, historic libraries, archives, or in any one of a great variety of agencies in state, county, and local government. Internship/ independent study credit may be given for internships in private sector agencies which have a public interest. Public history concentrators will be able to complete the requirements for the history major and the political science minor.

Requirements for a Major in History

42 credits including:

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
Political Science Minor(18 credits)
Political Science electives18
Total Credits63

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.