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History Major Requirements

Requirements for the Major in History (36 credits):

Students majoring in history complete a program of study with an emphasis on "doing history." There are five basic requirements all majors must meet, although the major is flexible so that it can meet the needs of the individual student.

  • One Perspectives in U.S. History course (3 credits)
  • One Perspectives in Global History course (3 credits)
  • 322 Historical Methods (4 credits)
  • 400-level Capstone or Senior Thesis (4 credits)
  • Six additional courses from at least two of the following four areas: Europe, Latin America, U.S., and Global, with three courses at the 300 or 400 level (21 credits)

HIST 322: Historical Methods (4credits)

  • Students need a solid C or higher to continue in the major
  • Normally taken in the second year.
  • Orients the student to the fundamental skills of historical research, while working with primary and secondary source materials in the archives, on-line, and in print.
  • The skills acquired in this course provide the student with the methodological foundation needed to conduct research in any course that involves historical analysis.

Perspectives in U.S. History One Course (3 credits)
Perspectives in Global History One Course (3 credits)

  • In addition to the methodological core of the major, students build their understanding from a required introductory survey in American and in Global histories.
  • These surveys approach the broad scope of their subject from the perspective of a particular critical lens to provide an analytical focus.


Concentrations (21 credits)

  • From this base of methodological and survey courses, students deepen their knowledge in two of four areas of history: American, Latin American, European, or Global history.
  • The specific requirement is: 6 additional courses in consultation with the student's advisor in the major at least two of the following four areas (Europe, Latin America, U.S., and Global) (18 credits total)
  • Three of the six courses to be at the 300 or 400 level, not including HIST 322.

Capstone or Thesis (4 credits)
The major culminates in a capstone paper (written in a 400-level capstone course taken in conjunction with a 300-level course) or a Senior Thesis (Hist 490), which is an in-depth research project built on primary sources and reflective of the historical literature on the subject. Students work closely with an individual faculty mentor and present their completed work in a public defense. For History majors the challenge of the capstone paper or Senior Thesis is one of the most memorable and satisfying aspects of their Hartwick education.  The prerequisite for Hist 490 and any capstone seminar is a solid C or higher in Hist 322 Historical Methods.

Three-Year Degree Option:
For students majoring in history, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program Web site at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.

History Courses
History Minor Requirements