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To Our Current Students:

We are delighted that you have decided to major in our department.  We trust that your experience as a History or SESS major will challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable.  The History faculty strive to provide outstanding courses and to create a spirit of camaraderie among the majors in our department.  Attending speakers and social programs sponsored by the department and the History honorary, Phi Alpha Theta, will enable you to get to know the History professors and other majors better.

Those majoring in History or SESS can also get to know all the professors in the department better by visiting us in offices in the Social Sciences suite.  We all hold regular office hours and are often around our offices at other times as well.  Please come and talk about issues or concerns or simply come to get better acquainted.

All students who have declared History or SESS as their first major will have a History professor as an advisor.  Students should also talk with professors in other departments about courses they are interested in taking.  Students whose primary major is in another discipline should regularly consult with history faculty about the scheduling of their courses.  Students can minor in History by completing 18 credit hours as specified in the College Bulletin.

Below, you will find a link for the status sheets for the History and SESS majors.  Please meet with your advisor regularly to discuss your progress toward and plans for fulfilling the requirements for your major and the other courses you need to complete to graduate.  Those considering majoring in History or SESS should talk with Dr. Gary Smith, the department chair.


Should history majors double major or get a well-rounded education? There are advantages to both approaches:

  • Our students most often double major in political science, sociology, economics, English, Christian thought, or communications.  This helps them pursue careers that involve an understanding of multiple disciplines.
  • Others take courses in a wide variety of areas so that they have a broad array of knowledge and skills. That helps prepare them for life and make them attractive to employers in numerous fields.

Course Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, or History Major leading to (7-12 certification in Secondary Education Social Science (SESS):

  • To see specifics on what is required for your major. Choose your entry year from the list below, and then select either History or History Secondary Education from the list.
  • History majors are strongly encouraged to take courses in languages, philosophy, logic, computer systems, and statistics in their programs if they plan to attend graduate school in history.
  • Courses at the 200 and 300 levels are open to all students as space permits
  • Students should contact their advisors for a detailed schedule of courses recommended to meet requirements for these majors.

Course requirements for minors:

  • Course Requirements for a minor in History (18 hours) Choose six hours from each of the three following areas:

    American History: History 283, 285, 336, 349, 350, 357, or 379.                   European History: History 208, 209, 212, 261, 262, 271, or 272.                       History Electives: History 143, 144, 201, 207, 223, 231, 317, 318, 341, 346,  375, 376, 390, 400, 460, 480, or 488.

    Course Requirements for a minor in Interdisciplinary Classics:

    Consult the Philosophy section in the Department of Religion for the 21-hour requirements.


    A Plan for History Majors

    Freshman Year: Increase Self-Awareness

    • Meet periodically with your advisor to discuss your academic interests.
    • Meet with a Career Services counselor to help clarify your interests and aptitudes.
    • Use the resources of the Career Services to learn more about the world of work.
    • Interview friends and family members about the nature of their jobs.

    Sophomore Year: Explore Careers

    • Obtain information about occupations through reading and research.
    • Continue to identify what is important to you in a career (e.g. using interpersonal skills, technical skills, the work culture of a given career path, etc.).
    • Choose electives to increase your marketability; consider a minor related to your interests.
    • Consider opportunities for study abroad and undergraduate research.
    • Explore relevant work experiences such as internships and summer jobs.

    Junior Year: Link Self-Knowledge with Occupation Information

    • Begin to relate values, interests, and abilities to career fields.
    • Develop networking relationships with faculty and professionals.
    • Enhance your leadership skills through participation in campus and community activities.
    • Participate in an internship or an undergraduate research opportunity or study abroad.
    • Begin to develop an effective resume that highlights your education, work, and extra-curricular activities.
    • Meet with prospective employers or graduate school representatives or faculty in your career field (through on-campus recruiting, off-campus contacts, or correspondence).

    Senior Year: Find a Career
    Use the resources of the Career Services to:

    • Complete a resume that highlights your education, work, and extra-curricular activities.
    • Sharpen your interview skills.
    • Learn to write effective letters of application.
    • Develop the confidence to sell yourself in interviews.

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Last Updated: 7/29/2009| Site Maintained by: Dr. Gary Smith

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