Requirements for the Major: Twelve courses including the core and distribution requirement; at least one course on the period before 1700; two-300 level courses, a 400 level seminar, and a two-term senior project.

Students will choose a core of Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, US, or a thematic concentration. Examples of thematic concentrations include “Africana,” “Women and Gender,” “Revolution,” “Empires,” etc. In close cooperation with their advisors, history majors will select the courses for a thematic concentration and submit their proposal to the Department Chair for written approval by the start of Winter Term of the Junior year. If students select a US, European, or Public History core, they must complete at least four courses in US, European, or Public history, respectively.  If they select Africa/Middle East, Asia, or Latin America, they must complete either (1) four courses in the respective field, or (2) at least three history courses in the core geographical area they have chosen, along with at least two other approved courses in relevant interdisciplinary programs, such as Africana Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. These are generally not language courses. The Public History core consists of HST 224; a department-approved Public History internship; at least two of the following: HST 118; HST 226; HST 227; HST 265 (same as ANT 265); HST 270; HST 324, HST 331, HST 481, the Civil Rights Public History miniterm, or the South Africa miniterm.

Students will also fulfill a distribution requirement. If students select a US, European, or Public History core, they must complete at least two courses each in two of the following areas: Africa/Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. If they select a Africa/Middle East, Asia, or Latin America core, they must complete at least two courses each in two of the following areas, excluding the area of the core: Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and US history.

400-level seminars are normally limited to 15 students and are designed to teach research skills. The 300-level courses are specifically designed for history majors and include bibliographical and historiographical components. 400-level seminars and 300-level courses may be used to meet the core requirements. Senior projects normally must pertain to a topic in the core, but cannot count toward courses in the core. Students must complete a 400-level seminar before beginning the thesis. Two of the following classics courses may be counted toward the history major, but not toward a core: 110, 111, 121, 125, 126, and 129.

 

Requirements for the Interdepartmental Major: Eight courses, including the core and distribution requirement for majors, one 300-level course, the 400-level seminar, and the senior thesis. Students must complete a 400-level seminar before beginning the thesis. Interdepartmental majors may count one term of the senior thesis toward the field requirements.

 

Requirements for Honors: To be eligible for departmental honors, a student must fulfill the following requirements: (1) a minimum index of 3.30 in history; (2) a grade of “A minus” or higher on the senior project; and (3) a grade of “distinction” or “high pass” in an oral examination based on the senior project. In addition, the student must satisfy College requirements for departmental honors.

 

Requirements for the History Minor: Six history courses, including at least one 300-level course; at least three of the six must belong to one of the following core areas: Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or US.

 

Requirements for the Public History Minor: Seven courses, including at least one 300-level course; HST 224; a department-approved Public History internship; one of the following: HST 118, HST 226, HST 227, HST 265 (Same as ANT 265), HST 270, HST 324, HST 331, HST 481, the Civil Rights Public History miniterm, or the South Africa miniterm; and either an additional course drawn from the previous list or one course drawn from the following: any Art History course; Anthropology 265 (same as HST 265); Studio Fine Arts 262, Computer Science 055; Modern Language in Translation 200, 263, 339; Political Science 260, 340. For information about approved public history internships, contact Melinda Lawson at X8041 or lawsonm@union.edu.

 

Requirements for Secondary School Certification in Social Studies: The College recommends that any undergraduate seeking New York State secondary teacher certification should consider attending the five-year Master of Arts in Teaching program at Union Graduate College in their fifth year. To prepare for that program, students are required to take PSY 246 and EDS 500A, B (Field Experiences) in their junior or senior year. Students must complete the history major, including at least one course each in United States history, European history, Latin American, Asian, or Africa/Middle East. In addition, students must take at least one course from each of the Departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology or Anthropology (see your departmental advisor for recommended courses from each of these disciplines).

 

Interdepartmental Majors in History Seeking Secondary School Certification: The College recommends that any undergraduate seeking New York State secondary teacher certification should consider attending the five-year Master of Arts in Teaching program at Union Graduate College in their fifth year. To prepare for that program, students are required to take PSY 246 and EDS 500 A, B (Field Experiences). Students must take eight courses from the Department of History and must meet the core and distribution, seminar, and project requirements in history. They must complete the other half of their interdepartmental major with the Department of Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or Anthropology, and they must take at least one course from two of the social science departments in which they are not majoring.