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History Department

History Major (39-58 credits)


The history major allows students to study intensively a wide range historical periods and subjects ranging from American history, to the history of Europe, ancient Rome, India, and Africa.  Thus, history majors are well prepared for careers and graduate study in history as well as in a wide variety of history-related fields.  The history major allows room for students to pursue other studies. For example, some take a second major, and many complete minors in areas from English, foreign languages, economics, and journalism to communication, business, and politics. Students are also required to seek experiential learning, either through study abroad or through an internship experience. 

 

For a full description of courses, see the Course Descriptions page.  The requirements for the history major are as follows:


One of the following:

  • HIST 101 Western Civilization Before 1500 (3)
  • HIST 102 Western Civilization Since 1500 (3)

HIST 141 U.S. History Survey to 1865 (3)
HIST 142 U.S. History Survey Since 1865 (3)

One of the following:

  • HIST 171 World Civilizations: Bronze Age to 1500 (3)
  • HIST 172 World Civilizations: 1500 to Present(3)

HIST 258 Historical Methods (3)
One 300-level American History course (3)

One 300-level Classical and Medieval European History course (3)
One 300-level Modern European History course (3)
One 300-level Non-Western History course (3)

HIST 401 Historiography and Philosophy of History (3)
Three additional 300-level history courses (9)
Experiential Learning Component (0–4)


Students may use their three additional 300-level history courses to pursue one of the following history concentrations:


American History (9 credits)
Three of the following:
HIST 341 Colonial America (3)
HIST 342 America in the Age of the Revolution (3)
HIST 344 Civil War America (3)
HIST 346 From Omaha to Hiroshima: U.S. History, 1890– 1945 (3)
HIST 347 Modern America: U.S. History, 1945–Present (3)
HIST 351 Native American History (3)
HIST 352 African-American History Since 1865 (3)
HIST 353 Immigrant America (3)
HIST 355 U.S. Urban History (3)
HIST 362 United States Foreign Policy (3)
HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace (3)
HIST 392 Women and Gender in History (3)
HIST 393 Public History (3)

 

Classical and Medieval European History (9 credits)
Three of the following:
HIST 301 Ancient Greece (3)
HIST 302 Ancient Rome (3)
HIST 303 Late Antiquity (3)
HIST 304 Tudor/Stuart England: 1400-1700 (3)
HIST 305 Archaeology and Historical Interpretation: Greece and Rome (3)
HIST 310 Medieval Europe (3)
HIST 319 Topics in Classical and Medieval European History (3)

 

Modern European History (9 credits)
Three of the following:
HIST 320 Renaissance and Reformation Europe (3)
HIST 321 The Age of Monarchy: 17th and 18th Century Europe (3)
HIST 322 Modern Europe: 1789–1918 (3)
HIST 323 Europe in the 20th Century (3)
HIST 324 European Imperialism and Its Legacies: 1500 to Present (3)
HIST 331 Modern Britain (3)
HIST 332 Modern Germany (3)
HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace (3)
HIST 392 Women and Gender in History (3)


World History (9 credits)
Three of the following:
HIST 371 Premodern Civilizations of Asia (3)
HIST 372 Modern Civilizations of Asia 93)
HIST 373 History of India before 1500 (3)
HIST 374 History of Modern India and Pakistan (3)
HIST 375 Gandhi’s India: 1869–1948 (3)
HIST 379 History of the Middle East (3)
HIST 381 History of Africa (3)
HIST 383 South Africa: Struggle for Freedom (3)
HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace (3)
HIST 392 Women and Gender in History (3)

 

Public History (13–24 credits)
HIST 393 Public History (3)
Historical Internship (INTE 394/395; required from Experiential Learning Component – 4 to 9 credits)

Two of the following:
HIST 341 Colonial America (3)
HIST 344 Civil War America (3)
HIST 355 U.S. Urban History (3)
HIST 399 Topics: History of Pennsylvania (3)
HIST 495 Internship in Historical Research (6 to 9)


Note: HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace, HIST 392 Women and Gender in History, and HIST 393 Public History count as concentration courses but do not count as the “One 300-level American, Modern European, Non-Western, or Classical and Medieval European History course.”

 

Note on Experiential Learning:

History majors must participate in one of the following options. Both options may be completed at Messiah College Philadelphia campus.

 

Option 1 – Participation in an approved off-campus study program, with at least one history course in the semester’s curriculum. The history course(s) will count toward either the core requirements or the elective requirements, and therefore will result in no net increase in credits required for the major. See your advisor or Department Chair for a complete list and more information about the study abroad programs.  The following are some of the possible off-campus programs:

 

BCA Semester Abroad (China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, India, Spain)
American Studies Program (CCCU)*
China Studies Program (CCCU)
Daystar University (Kenya)
Jerusalem University College
Latin American Studies Program (CCCU)*
Middle East Studies Program (CCCU)
Scholars' Semester in Oxford (CCCU)
Oxford Summer Programme (CCCU)
Philadelphia Campus [with history courses at Temple University]
Russian Studies Program (CCCU)


Option 2 – An approved historical Internship (INTE 394/5) of up to nine credits during the academic year or during the summer in one of the following areas: archives, museums, historical libraries and societies, historical preservation, historical research, public history, or Richmond University Internships in London.