History Major

College of Arts and Humanities - Department of History

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain III-A (Perspectives of the Past) requirement is satisfied through the completion of the History major.


Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.


History Major (UHIG)

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:

Two (2) introductory courses to be apportioned as follows:

(a)   One  (1) 100-level course with a focus on the United States:

  • HIST 120 American Lives
  • HIST 151 United States History to Reconstruction
  • HIST 152 United States History since Reconstruction
  • HIST 165 Slavery, Race, and Rights in American History

(b)  One  (1) 100-level course with a focus outside the United States:

  • HIST 123 Beasts, Battles, and Ballads: Life, Literature, and Art in Medieval Europe
  • HIST 149 Twentieth Century China
  • HIST 153 Europe and the World to circa 1450
  • HIST 154 Europe and the World since circa 1450
  • HIST 155 Comparative History of World Civilizations
  • HIST 176 Atlantic Revolutions
  • HIST 186 History of Modern Violence

Two (2) core courses:

  • HIST 225 Historiography
  • HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing

Capstone (1):

  • HIST 450 Seminar in History 


All of the above courses, with the exception of the Capstone, should be taken prior to the end of the sophomore year.


Remaining six (6) courses must be at the 290-level or above and be apportioned as follows:

  •  A minimum of one (1) HSTA course at 290 or 300-level (American history)
  •  A minimum of one (1) HSTE course at 290 or 300-level (European history)
  •  A minimum of one (1) HSTW course at 290 or 300-level (World history)

No more than four (4) 200-level courses, including HIST 225 Historiography and HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing, may be applied toward completion of major requirements (includes up to two (2) 200-level courses accepted as transfer credits). 

The Department also offers History majors 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.


  • HSTA 290 Special Topics Seminar in American History
  • HSTA 302 Colonial America
  • HSTA 304 The American Revolution
  • HSTA 306 The Early American Republic
  • HSTA 308 American Civil War Era
  • HSTA 309 Modern United States History: 1945 to the Present
  • HSTA 310 Emergence of a Modern Nation
  • HSTA 313 Civil Rights Movements in the United States
  • HSTA 314 United States Diplomatic History
  • HSTA 317 The Family in American Life
  • HSTA 321 Media and Communications in American History
  • HSTA 323 African-American History
  • HSTA 331 Harding to Roosevelt: The United States 1920 to 1945
  • HSTA 340 Industrial Conflict in the United States
  • HSTA 341 Total, Limited, and Cold: America at War in the 20th Century
  • HSTA 355 Topics in American History
  • HSTA 386 Women in American History



  • HSTE 290 Special Topics Seminar in European History
  • HSTE 302 Ancient Greece: From the Homeric through the Hellenistic Age
  • HSTE 308 Ancient Rome: The Republic and the Empire
  • HSTE 329 The Viking Age
  • HSTE 349 The 1960’s in Europe and the United States
  • HSTE 355 Topics in European History
  • HSTE 365 The History of Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
  • HSTE 367 Faith and Reason in Medieval Europe
  • HSTE 370 Intellectual History of Modern Europe
  • HSTE 371 Women in Europe, 1500- 2000
  • HSTE 372 Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1350 to 1650
  • HSTE 376 History of Modern France
  • HSTE 377 History of Medicine and Society in the West – From the Ancient World to Present
  • HSTE 378 Modern Britain
  • HSTE 380 Blood, Iron, and Republics: Germany from 1866 to the Present
  • HSTE 381 Remaking Europe: History, Politics, Culture since World War II
  • HSTE 382 Empires in Collision: Southeastern Europe, 1683 to the Present
  • HSTE 385 Portraits in European/World History
  • HSTE 386 Revolutionary France (1750-1815)
  • HSTE 388 The Path to Modernity: Russia from 1682 to the Present
  • HSTE 394 The History of Late Antiquity



  • HSTW 290 Special Topics Seminar in World History
  • HSTW 301 Native American History, 1500-1800
  • HSTW 318 The First World War: Conflict, Culture, and Society
  • HSTW 321 European and American Muslims: A History
  • HSTW 337 Caribbean History
  • HSTW 345 Networks and Empires – Economic History of the Atlantic World
  • HSTW 355 Topics in World History
  • HSTW 356 Holocaust and Genocide in the 20th Century
  • HSTW 359 Slavery and Abolition
  • HSTW 369 The History of the Crusades


History Major with History Teaching Concentration (UHIT)  (With Required Minor in Education)

To be eligible for teacher licensure in History Grades 5-8 or Grades 8-12 students must complete the History major with History Teaching Concentration (UHIT) plus the minor in secondary education.
NOTE: Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.00 or above within this concentration.

In addition to the requirements for the History Major listed above, the requirements for the History major with a History Teaching Concentration (UHIT) are as follows:

1) Students must also take the following social science courses:

  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics (Gen. Ed. Domain III-A)
  • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (Gen. Ed. Domain III-C)
  • POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics (Gen. Ed. Domain III-B)

2) Completion of the Secondary Education minor requirements. Prior to student teaching experience, the student must have taken all of the required education courses, plus nine (9) history courses and two (2) social science courses.

3) Recommended courses:

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (Gen. Ed. Domain III-B) or
    • SOCI 130 Social Problems (Gen. Ed. Domain III-B)
  • A world language course beyond the General Education requirement.


Coordinate Education Major with Interdisciplinary Studies: Specialization in Social Sciences (UIDD)

(Home Department-History)

The History Department sponsors the Interdisciplinary Major in Social Sciences for students seeking licensure at the early childhood or elementary level. For more specific information, refer to the Education section of the catalog.



Effective as of the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog