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The goals of the History Department are: (1) to provide students in all colleges and programs opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the contemporary world through a critical knowledge of the past; (2) to provide all students with opportunities to cultivate skills of analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and interpreting historical evidence. Thus, the program is designed to play an integral role in the general liberal arts education of UDM students and to serve the needs of history majors on a variety of career paths.

Degree Requirements

History Major 36 cr.
The major consists of a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work, with an overall C average in the course work.

Required (15 Credits):
HIS 150 Introduction to History (OR) 3
HIS 264 Comparative Civilizations 3
HIS 250 U.S. to 1877 3
HIS 251 U.S. since 1877 3
HIS 291 Historical Methods 3

Two of the following: 6 Credits.
HIS 200 Ancient Mediterranean World
HIS 210 Medieval Europe
HIS 220 Early Modern Europe
HIS 230 Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Two of the following: 6 credits.
HIS 240 Modern Middle East
HIS 270 Modern China and Japan
HIS 280 Modern Latin America
HIS 290 Modern Africa
HIS 334 British Empire
* Electives 300/400-level 12
* (3 cr. of which must be the Senior Seminar—HIS 499— or another designated research seminar at the 400 level)

History majors may plan their degree programs to concentrate in any one of four tracks:

Public History
Public history may be broadly defined as using the past to serve the present. It is appropriate for history majors who are considering career options other than teaching or law. Such options include: archivist, museum curator or administrator, manager of historic properties, editing and publishing, policy analysis, government service, urban and regional planning, etc.

Teaching (Elementary/Secondary)
See requirements in the Education program.

History is an outstanding major for those considering careers in law. The reading, writing, and critical thinking skills history students develop are excellent preparation for the challenges of law school. Major can be supplemented with Legal Studies certificate.

Graduate Study
For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in History, the emphasis in their undergraduate studies will depend on their specific interests—e.g. modern Europe, recent America. Students should use electives to build a strong cognate in a complementary area: e.g. languages, English, philosophy, economics, religious studies, political science. Those considering an advanced degree in History should consult their advisor for help selecting coursework and applying to graduate schools.

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