History Major

Mission Statement


The Department of History is a community of accomplished teacher-scholars committed to preparing students for successful lives and careers in the 21st century through a program that values academic rigor and excellence in a liberal arts education and fosters responsible citizenship and ethical behavior. The Department does so by encouraging students to appreciate and understand the complexity of the human experience in all parts of the world, to engage successfully in critical and analytical thought and argumentation, and to respect diverse thoughts and opinions.


The History Major


The Department of History offers courses for a general introduction to the history of civilization and a more specialized knowledge of particular historical topics and chronological periods. The program has also been designed to permit the student to take a double major if desired. For example, while majoring in History, a student may take the courses required of majors in Political Science or Economics. There is room in the History major’s program to accumulate the five courses leading to a minor in another field. A minor in Secondary Education will lead to teacher licensure in Massachusetts. A student with Massachusetts licensure can teach in more than half of the fifty states. This wide range of choices open to the History major enables the student to prepare not only for graduate studies in history, museum and archival work, library science, or public administration, for example, but also for job opportunities in teaching and in business.

Departmental Requirements for the Major:

Four (4) core courses:

HIST 151 United States History to Reconstruction or
        HIST 152 United States History since Reconstruction

HIST 153 Europe and the World to circa 1450 or
        HIST 154 Europe and the World since circa 1450   or
        HIST 155 Comparative History of World Civilizations

HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing

HIST 450 Seminar in History

All of the above courses, with the exception of the Seminar, should be taken prior to the end of the sophomore year. The Seminar must be in the area of the student’s concentration.

Remaining six (6) courses to be apportioned as follows:

(a) A minimum of two (2) 300-level courses from Group A (American)

(b) A minimum of two (2) 300-level courses from Group B (European/World)

(c) No more than two (2) 200-level courses in transfer may be applied towards major elective requirements and no more than two (2) courses in HIST 290 Special Topics Seminar in History may be taken among the six (6) remaining electives in the student’s choice of American history or European/World history. A maximum of three (3) 200-level courses, including HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing may be applied toward completion of major requirements.

The Department also offers History majors, who is interested in more unconventional learning experiences, a number of internships and independent-study opportunities. History majors who anticipate pursuing graduate study in history are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language through at least the intermediate level.

In addition, the History Department encourages its majors to acquire the following skills: personal computer use and/or quantification by means of such courses as: CSCI 120 Introduction to Information Technology, MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics, and/or MATH 119 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.

HIST 290 Special Topics Seminar in History
HIST 302 Colonial America
HIST 304 The American Revolution
HIST 306 Jeffersonian through Jacksonian America
HIST 308 American Civil War Era
HIST 310 Emergence of a Modern Nation
HIST 314 United States Diplomatic History
HIST 318 Religion in America
HIST 321 Immigrants, Ethnics, and Racial Minorities in United States History
HIST 323 African-American History
HIST 326 Women in American History
HIST 340 Industrial and Labor History of the U.S.
HIST 341 Total, Limited, and Cold: America at War in the 20th Century
HIST 347 Portraits in United States History
HIST 348 United States Environmental History
HIST 490 Independent Study in History
HIST 496 Internship in History

HIST 290 Special Topics Seminar in History
HIST 336 Latin America From the Conquest to the Present
HIST 349 The 1960’s in Europe and the United States
HIST 351 History of Modern Science - The Copernican Revolution to Present
HIST 362 Ancient Greece: From the Homeric through the Hellenistic Age
HIST 364 Ancient Rome: The Republic and the Empire
HIST 367 Faith and Reason in Medieval Europe
HIST 369 The History of the Crusades
HIST 371 Women in Europe, 1500- 2000
HIST 372 Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1350 to 1650
HIST 376 History of Modern France
HIST 378 Modern Britain
HIST 380 Blood, Iron, and Republics: Germany from 1866 to the Present
HIST 381 Remaking Europe: History, Politics, and Culture since World War II
HIST 382 Empires in Collision: Southeastern Europe, 1683 to the Present
HIST 383 Making of the Modern Middle East
HIST 384 India in the Age of Empire
HIST 385 Portraits in European/World History
HIST 386 Revolutionary France (1750-1815)
HIST 387 History of South Africa
HIST 388 The Path to Modernity: Russia from 1682 to the Present
HIST 392 Africa and the World
HIST 394 The History of Late Antiquity
HIST 398 Modern China and Japan
HIST 399 The Viking Age
HIST 490 Independent Study in History
HIST 495 Internship in History



The History Department requires that prior to student teaching the student must have taken all of the required education courses, plus nine (9) history courses and two (2) social science courses. To be eligible for teacher licensure, state regulations require the study of:

1) At least one course concerning a region, country, or race outside both Europe and the United States may be used to satisfy department intermediate-level requirements, to be chosen from the following:

    HIST  337  Caribbean History

    HIST 383 Making of the Modern Middle East

    HIST 384 India in the Age of Empire

    HIST 387 History of South Africa

    HIST 398 Modern China and Japan

    HIST 392 Africa and the World

2) Students must take the following economics, geography, and government courses as part of their General Education requirements:

    ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

    GEOG 110 World Regional Geography

    POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics

3) To enhance their career opportunities, history majors minoring in secondary education are encouraged to study a foreign language beyond the General Education requirement of basic knowledge of a language other than one’s own.

Learning Objectives

Department faculty have developed a set of goals for students who graduate with a degree in History from Framingham State University. Graduates of the History major will be able to

1. Write an analytical thesis that demonstrates a concise, articulate argument, and sustain the argument through analysis of relevant evidence.

2. Develop clear, concise, and coherent oral and written arguments supported by relevant evidence.

3. Evaluate and analyze primary and secondary sources and draw sound conclusions from these sources.

4. Use bibliographical and other research aids and technologies utilized by historians.

5. Analyze relevant social, economic, political, cultural and intellectual changes in history and discuss how they relate to one another through time.

6. Appropriately and effectively employ the terminology, citation style, and other conventions of the field.

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