College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > History > Student Resources > Advising FAQ > History Major and Minor
The History Department has established learning outcomes for its major curriculum. Upon completion of the history major, students can:
There are three concentrations within the history (HST) major: standard, pre-law, and public history. Each of the three concentrations requires students to take a total of 15 courses (or 60 credit hours).
For more information about individual concentrations, please visit the course catalog.
Please see the LAS Undergraduate Advising Forms page.
Students in all of the HST major concentrations are required to take a pair of linked courses that includes a topical 300-level HST course in one quarter (called the “gateway course”) and the linked HST 390 research practicum , which is also the major’s
Senior Capstone Seminar,on the same topic and taught by the same instructor the
following quarter. Students are strongly encouraged to take this sequence either
in their junior or senior year bearing in mind that the sequences are reliably
offered only in Autumn-Winter and Winter-Spring. HST 299 is a prerequisite for HST 390.
Not all 300-level HST courses are gateways to HST 390 practicum, so make sure that you take the right classes. The History Department posts the sets online and in SAC 420.
Note that HST 390 counts as a capstone and not as one of the six 300 level HST courses.
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Science defines an Independent Study course as one “taken with faculty supervision for knowledge enhancement beyond the courses offered in a particular area of interest. In rare cases, when scheduling or other conflicts exist, a regular course may be taken as an Independent Study.” Students may approach a faculty member about doing an Independent Study. If the instructor agrees, the student must next submit an Independent Study application. Only upon College approval will the Independent Study go forward.
The requirements for a history minor (declared in summer 2008 or later) are six courses, distributed as follows: