| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | History
The purpose of the discipline is to provide students with extensive course offerings to enable them to cope with a complex and ever-shrinking world. The study of history and political science also provides students with a broad background for a wide variety of professional occupational opportunities. Within the History major are concentrations in Public History, and Foreign Service. The discipline also offers a minor in Pre-Law, a minor in Middle East Studies, and an honors seminar course taken at the American Antiquarian Society. Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, is open to distinguished History majors.Requirements for a Major in History: 42 credits including:
*Exception for Double Majors in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Only 36 History credits are required; a student may opt to omit the "One Other" elective and the capstone course. If not taking the capstone course, the senior capstone requirement must be fulfilled by submission of a non-credit History Learning Portfolio before or during the student-teaching semester. See department for Portfolio forms and submission guidelines.
Requirements for a Minor in History: 24 credits
Requirements for a Minor in Middle East Studies: 18 credits
Requirements for a Major in History, Concentration in Public History: Juniors and seniors have the opportunity for independent study and off-campus internships. Studentsmay receive academic credit for internships in history museums, historic restorations, historic libraries, archives, or in any one of a great variety of agencies in state, county, and local government. Internship/ independent study credit may be given for internships in private sector agencies which have a public interest. Public history concentrators will be able to complete the requirements for the history major and the political science minor. Requirements for a Major in History, Concentration in Foreign Service: Programs are individually planned with the student’s advisor and prepare individuals for careers in the State Department and the intelligence community. In addition to required courses, students will be encouraged to elect courses in the areas of economics, languages, management, geography, and related fields.