Policies Requirements and Standards History
Students who major in history are required to complete nine semester hours of a foreign language sequence, or demonstrate a proficiency in a foreign language offered by the university, through the second intermediate course. Students should begin their language sequence as soon as possible and certainly not later than their junior year. Students who change majors or transfer may find it necessary to enroll beyond the traditional eight semesters if the degree requirements including foreign language cannot be fulfilled within that time. Students should plan their program of study carefully in consultation with a faculty advisor
In addition to meeting minimum requirements, students contemplating graduate work in history are strongly advised to continue foreign language study beyond the 2002 level. Students with a double major in which computer science is a language choice may substitute computer science for a foreign language in history.
The program requires HIST 3500 Introduction to Historical Methods ; two of HIST 4020 Research Seminar in World History and/or HIST 4030 Research Seminar in American History . In choosing the remainder of their advanced courses students may choose to concentrate in one particular area of history (e.g. American, World or Pre-modern), but it is highly recommended that students take courses in all three areas.
Honors. Completion of an undergraduate research paper or project approved by the department. Such projects could be, but are not limited to, the product of HIST 4900 (Senior Thesis), an edited and expanded capstone paper from HIST 4020 or HIST 4030 (Research Seminars), or a project approved by the department. See department for policies and application. With distinction awarded for completion of HIST 4990 (Senior Thesis) with grade of A.
Completion of the major requires students to complete the major field courses with a grade of C or better. A grade of C or better is also required in Foreign Language 1002, 2001, and 2002. Students minoring in history must complete each history course with a grade of C or better.