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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 1500 Introduction to History (OR) 3
HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations 3
HIS 2500 U.S. to 1877 3
HIS 2510 U.S. since 1877 3
HIS 2910 Historical Methods 3

Two of the following: 6 Credits.
HIS 2000 Ancient Mediterranean World
HIS 2100 Medieval Europe
HIS 2200 Early Modern Europe
HIS 2300 Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Two of the following: 6 credits.
HIS 2400 Modern Middle East
HIS 2700 Modern China and Japan
HIS 2800 Modern Latin America
HIS 2900 Modern Africa
HIS 3340 British Empire
* Electives 3000/4000-level 12
* (3 cr. of which must be the Senior Seminar—HIS 4990— 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.

HISTORY MINOR: Course Requirements (18 credit hours)

Take one of the following (3 credits):

  • HIS 1500 Intro to History, or
  • HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations

Two courses selected from different 2000 level sequences below (6 credits):

  • U.S. Sequence: HIS 2500, 2510
  • European Sequence: HIS 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300
  • World Sequence: HIS 2400, 2640*, 2700, 2800, 2900 (*if HIS 1500 completed above)

Three Courses at the 3000-4000 level (9 credits).

Other Requirements:

  • Exit Interview
  • Mini-Portfolio

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