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History Department

History Major


The following course sequencing recommendations for History majors are offered to help students plan out their undergraduate coursework by semester. This is not a proscriptive sequencing list, but merely intended to recommend a feasible strategy to complete these majors on time.  Each student will need to make adjustments to these sequences based on advanced placement granted by the college at admission (AP credit, advanced language placement).



Fall Semester Freshman Year
1. US Survey (HIST 141 or HIST 142)
2. Western Civilization Survey (HIST 101 or HIST 102)
or World Civilizations Survey (HIST 171 or HIST 172) [Note 1]
3. First-Year Seminar (IDFY 101)
4. Foreign Language (First Semester Level)
5. Knowledge of Bible Course (BIBL 2xx)
Total Credits Taken 15


Spring Semester Freshman Year
1. US Survey (HIST 141 or HIST 142)
2. World Civilizations Survey (HIST 171 or HIST 172) [Note 1]
or Western Civilization Survey (HIST 101 or HIST 102)
3. Foreign Language (Second Semester Level)
4. Lab Science [January Term] (BIOL/CHEM/NUTR/GEOL 1xx)
5. CORE: Created and Called for Community (IDCR 151)
6. Intro to Wellness (PHED 101)
Total Credits Taken 17


Fall Semester Sophomore Year
1. Historical Methods (HIST 258)
2. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
3. Foreign Language (Third Semester Level) [Note 2]
4. Literature (ENGL 1xx)
5. Math Sciences (MATH/COSC 1xx/ STAT 269)
Total Credits Taken 15


Spring Semester Sophomore Year
1. Upper Division History Course (HIS 3xx)
2. Arts (ART/MUGE/THEA 1xx or 2xx)
3. Philosophy (PHIL 101 or 102) or Religion Course (RELI2xx)
4. Fundamentals of Public Communication (COM 106)
5. Science, Tech. & the World [January Term] (IDSA 2xx)
Total Credits Taken 15


Fall Semester Junior Year
1. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
2. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
3. Christian Beliefs (THEO 2XX)
4.  Free Elective
5. Ethics (IDET 3xx) or World Views or  Pluralism (IDWV 300 or IDPL 3xx) [Note 3]
6. P.E. Elective (PHED 1xx)
Total Credits Taken 16


Spring Semester Junior Year: Experiential Learning Encouraged
1. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
2. Free Elective [Note 4]
3. Free Elective
4. Free Elective
5. Free Elective
Total Credits Taken 15

Fall Semester Senior Year
1. Senior Seminar: Historiography & Philosophy of History (HIST 401)
2. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
3. Free Elective
4. Free Elective
5. Free Elective
Total Credits Taken 15


Spring Semester Senior Year
1. Upper Division History Course (HIST 3xx)
2. Free Elective
3. Free Elective
4. Free Elective
5. Free Elective  
Total Credits Taken 15


TOTAL CREDITS: 123

 

Notes on Sequencing

1. These courses meet the general education Non-Western Studies requirement.


2. If you choose to take a Cross-Cultural Course (IDSC 260) for this third-semester requirement, you can do so in the January Term or May Term of your Junior or Senior year. Alternatively, a study semester abroad will fulfill both the college's Cross-Cultural requirement as well as the major's Experiential Learning Component requirement.


3. If an Upper Division American History course is cross-listed as IDSE 3xx then the General Education Pluralism requirement is also met.

4. Free Electives: Although they can certainly be used earlier, we have placed the free electives in the Junior and Senior year to encourage students to creatively pursue additional studies after general education coursework has developed interests in cognate disciplines. The History Department highly recommends that you consider pursuing foreign language study (especially if you plan to complete a European concentration), a minor, or a second major. And we also encourage you to take ECO 210: Contemporary Economics as a free elective in order to give you grounding in macroeconomic theory. Of course, you can take additional history courses of your choice with free electives! The History Department highly recommends completing both halves of the Western Civilization and World Civilizations survey courses.

5. Experiential Learning Component: students generally pursue this departmental requirement in the Spring semester of the Junior or Senior year. Most students who study off campus do so in the Spring semester of the Junior year, while those who pursue the historical internship option do so in either the Spring semester of the Junior or Senior year.