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Course Distribution


a) Survey courses (18 credit hours required in six 3-credit courses)

HIST 110: World Civilization to 1500*
HIST 111: World Civilization since 1500*
HIST 114: African American History to 1865*
HIST 115: African American History since 1865*
HIST 201: United States History to 1865
HIST 202: United States History since 1865

*For history majors, these courses have already been included in the required departmental core courses and are electives under the social sciences.

b) History sub-fields:

There are three sub-fields of upper-level courses in history, which are as follows: African, European, and the United States. History majors must take two courses from each of the three sub-fields for their 18 hours of upper-level course work (300 level or higher). The courses in the sub-fields are as follows:

African Sub-Field (6 hours required)
HIST 360: Survey of African Civilizations to 1500
HIST 361: Survey of African Civilizations since 1500
HIST 362: History of East and Southern Africa
HIST 461: Imperialism in Africa

European Sub-Field (6 hours required)
HIST 317: Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 320: Europe from 1815 to 1914
HIST 321: Economic History of Europe
HIST 322: Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 328: Soviet Union and Russia in the 20th Century
HIST 331: The French Revolution and Napoleon
HIST 337: The History of Britain to 1688
HIST 338: The History of Britain since 1688
HIST 404: Diplomatic History of Europe
HIST 420: European Intellectual History

United States Sub-Field (6 hours required) 
HIST 300: Colonial America to the Revolution
HIST 304: The Antebellum South, 1800-1860
HIST 305: Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 306: Am Business and Urban Hist 1877-1860
HIST 307: Contemp America Since World War II
HIST 350: Women in American Society
HIST 400: American Intellectual History
HIST 402: Diplomatic History of the United States
HIST 441: The Military Experience in America

c) Senior seminars (6 credit hours required)

HIST 497: Senior Seminar: Comprehensive Exam
HIST 498: Senior Seminar: Thesis Paper

d) General history electives (not required)

HIST 204: Black Women's History: Colonial Times to the Present
HIST 205: Introduction to Women's Studies
HIST 260: History Honors Colloquium
HIST 340: Culture and History of Latin America
HIST 380: Special Topics in Women's Studies
HIST 460: Fieldwork in Historical Management
HIST 496: Independent Study in History

These electives may count towards the total credit hours for graduation. They do not count as part of the credit hours in the major area of history concentration.


a) History survey courses (18 credit hours required)

b) Upper-level history courses (15 credit hours required)

c) History senior seminar (3 credit hours required)

d) Eight core courses for social and behavioral sciences:

GOVT 130: Introduction to Political Science
GOVT 231: US National Government
GEOG 101: Elements of Geography
GEOG --- : (Adv. Geography Beyond 101)
ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 212: Principles of Microeconomics
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

GOVT 130 and GEOG 101 or 102 courses are part of the core requirements for all departmental majors, while the SOCI 101 and PSYC 101 should be completed as part of the University's general education requirements for the social science electives.

e) Professional education requirements (34 hours required)

EDUC 101: Introduction to Education
EDUC 311: Managing the Diverse Classroom
EDUC 201: Human Growth and Development
SPED 403: Orientation to Special Education
SCED 450: Methods of Teaching Reading: Secondary Level
EDUC 314: Assessment for Reading Instruction
HIST 390: Methods of Teaching History
SCED 305: Practicum III
SCED 401: Directed Teaching and Seminar


a) Government core courses (12 credit hours)

GOVT 140:Introduction to Comparative Politics
GOVT 145: Scope & Methods of Political Science
GOVT 315: Early Political Philosophy
GOVT 391: Research Methods in Political Science

b) Government sub-fields (6 credit hours each)

American Government and Politics (6 credit hours)

  • GOVT 150: Introduction to Public Policy
  • GOVT 232: U.S., State, and Local Governments
  • GOVT 235: Legal Rights and Remedies
  • GOVT 240: Black Politics in the United States
  • GOVT 283: Urban Politics and Policy Analysis
  • GOVT 317: U.S. Constitutional Law and History I
  • GOVT 318: Constitutional Law and History II
  • GOVT 319: Law and Politics
  • GOVT 348: U.S. Legislative Process
  • GOVT 351: U.S. Political Parties
  • GOVT 355: Political Behavior

Comparative Politics and International Politics (6 credit hours)

  • GOVT 215: Political Geography
  • GOVT 250: Government and Politics of Africa
  • GOVT 251: Africa in World Politics
  • GOVT 300: Women and Politics
  • GOVT 301: International Organizations
  • GOVT 320: International Law
  • GOVT 321: Government and Politics of W Europe
  • GOVT 327: Government and Politics of Middle East
  • GOVT 330: Theories of Comparative Politics

Political Philosophy and Theory (6 credit hours)

  • GOVT 316: Modern Political Philosophy
  • GOVT 400: Black Political Thought
  • PHIL 200: Women and Philosophy
  • PHIL 207: Rhetoric of Black Americans
  • PHIL 209: Philosophy and Theory of Black Religion