Curriculum

Major Program (40 or 41 semester hours)

Required Courses:
History of World Civilization to 1500 (3)
History of World Civilization Since 1500 (3)
History and Social Sciences Seminar (3)
(for sophomores and transfer students)

Two Courses in U.S. History (note: one of these must be upper level) (6)
The United States to 1865 (3)
The United States Since 1865 (3)
Colonial America (3)
National Development (3)
Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
Emergence of Modern America (3)
The United States 1914-1945 (3)
The United States 1945-Present (3)
The United States in World Affairs (3)
The Presidency (3)
Topics in United States History (3)

Two Courses in European History (6)
Politics and History of Eastern Europe & Russia (3)
Medieval Europe (3)
Classical Civilizations of Greece and Rome (3)
Renaissance and Reformation (3)
Early Modern Europe (3)
Modern Europe (3)
Topics in European History (3)

Two Courses in Non-Western History (6)
History of Africa (3)
The Middle East: Crucible of Conflict (3)
History of Latin America (3)
Topics in Non-Western History (3)
Historical Area Concentration
Three history courses in area of concentration (9)

Required courses in senior year:
Senior Thesis (1)
Senior Seminar (3)

Concentration Note: Students choose a concentration in U.S., European, or non-Western history, and take three additional courses in that area. Normally courses in the concentration must be 300-level or above, though this does not apply to a concentration in non-Western history.

Practical Experience Requirement (0-1 hour): History majors are required to have a practical application experience which consists of either a one-semester-hour internship or an international experience. The internship can be done at one of many different historical organizations. Forty clock hours of activity at the agency is required for an internship.

An international experience can be fulfilled in several ways. Students can take a single history course (which is conducted abroad in a short interval), or they can study for a semester abroad, or they can combine some historical work and reflection with a trip that is for other purposes.

For students who fulfill the requirement in the first two ways, no additional assignments or credit will be needed—the requirement will be considered fulfilled with the experience alone. In the latter case, however, students would be required to take International Experience for one credit hour.
International Experience (1)
Internship (1)

Ancillary Language Requirement: History majors are required to have six (6) semester hours of foreign language that are not included in the 40 required hours in history. This requirement may be met by an equivalency of 3 hours for every year of high school language passed with a grade of “C” or better.

 

Minor Program (21 semester hours)

Required Courses
History of World Civilization to 1500 (3)
History of World Civilization since 1500 (3)

Two Courses in U.S. History (6)
The United States to 1865 (3)
The United States Since 1865 (3)
Colonial America (3)
National Development (3)
Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
Emergence of Modern America (3)
The United States 1914-1945 (3)
The United States 1945-Present (3)
The United States in World Affairs (3)
The Presidency (3)
Topics (United States History) (3)

 

Note: At least one of these must be 200 level or above.

Two Courses in European History (6)
Politics and History of Eastern Europe & Russia (3)
Medieval Europe (3)
Early Modern Europe (3)
Modern Europe (3)
Classical Civilizations of Greece and Rome (3)
Renaissance and Reformation (3)
Topics (European History) (3)

One Course in Non-Western History (3)
History of Africa (3)
The Middle East: Crucible of Conflict (3)
History of South Africa (3)
History of Latin America (3)
Topics (non-Western History) (3)

 

Note: HIST 301 History and Social Sciences Seminar is highly recommended for minors, and it may be substituted for one U.S. or European course.

 

Social Science Program

The Social Science program is designed for students who wish to teach history and social sciences in secondary or middle schools. A student in the Social Science major must, therefore, enroll in the Secondary Education Certification program of the College of Education.

 

Major Program (46-47 semester hours)

Required history courses
History of World Civilization to 1500 (3)
History of World Civilization since 1500 (3)
History of U.S. to 1865 (3)
History of U.S. Since 1865 (3)
History and Social Sciences Seminar (3)

Senior year required history courses
Methods of Teaching History and the Social Sciences (3)
Senior Seminar (3)
Senior Thesis (1)

One course in U.S. history (over 200 level) from the following (3)
Colonial America (3)
National Development (3)
Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
Emergence of Modern America (3)
United States: 1914-1945 (3)
United States 1945 to Present (3)
The Presidency (3)
Topics in U.S. History (3)

Two courses in European History from the following (6)
Politics and History of Eastern Europe and Russia (3)
Medieval Europe (3)
Early Modern Europe (3)
Conspiracy & Intrigue in the 18th Century (3)
Modern Europe (3)
Classical Civilizations of Greece and Rome (3)
Renaissance and Reformation (3)
Topics in European History (3)

One course in Non-Western History from the following: (3)
History of Africa (3)
The Middle East: Crucible of Conflict (3)
History of South Africa (3)
History of India: Land of Wonder (3)
History of Latin America (3)
Topics in Non-Western History (3)

Required Interdisciplinary Courses (counted towards the major)
Principles of Microeconomics (3)
Introduction to World Politics (3)
World Regional Geography (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

Other Interdisciplinary required courses that also fulfill general education requirements (and are not, therefore, counted as hours within the major)
Earth Science (4)
American National Government (3)
Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

Education Courses: Social Science majors are also required to take the necessary education courses and field experiences as mandated by the College of Education. For specific requirements, see the Secondary Education Certification section under the College of Education.

Practical Experience Requirement (0-1 hour): Social Sciences majors are required to have a practical application experience which consists of either a one-semester-hour internship or an international experience. The internship can be done at one of many different historical organizations. Forty clock hours of activity at the agency is required for an internship.

An international experience can be fulfilled in several ways. Students can take a single history or Social Science course (which is conducted abroad in a short interval), or they can study for a semester abroad, or they can combine some historical or Social Sciences work and reflection with a trip that is for other purposes.

For students who fulfill the requirement in the first two ways, no additional assignments or credit will be needed—the requirement will be considered fulfilled with the experience alone. In the latter case, however, students would be required to take International Experience for one credit hour.
International Experience (1)
Internship (1)

Ancillary Language Requirement: Social science majors are required to have 6 credit hours of foreign language that are not included in the 46 required hours in history and the social sciences. This requirement may be met with an equivalency of 3 credit hours for every year of high school language passed with a grade of “C” or better.

 

For more information, refer to the USF Catalog