Program and Degree Options
History Major (B.A.): 33 credit hours including six (i.e. two courses) in each of the following areas: United States, Europe and non-Western history. At least one of the two courses in each area must be at the 200-level or higher, and at least two of the courses that make up the required 33 credit hours must be at the 300-level.
If you major in history, you’ll also complete HST 470 Capstone Seminar, involving primary-source research on a topic usually developed from your previous coursework, as well as a history portfolio that includes a self-evaluation and sample coursework. A maximum of two courses from other disciplines may be used to complete the requirements of the history major, provided such courses contribute directly to the overall coherence of your program and have been approved by the department chair.
Social Science/History Major (B.A.): We developed this major for students seeking teacher certification in the social sciences (although it’s open to all students). This major provides a broad overview of the social sciences with a special focus on history. Candidates for teacher certification in social sciences are required to pass two content area examinations: one in social science and a second in a specialty area. This major prepares you for the general examination in social science and the specialty examination in history. If you wish to prepare for a specialty examination in another social science discipline, you should consult with the chair of the history department about the advisability of crafting an individualized major.
Social science coursework includes a minimum of 30 credit hours with courses focusing on methodology, political science, economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.
History coursework requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, including courses on European, non-western, United States and Illinois history. You must also take two 300-level seminars as well as the history capstone seminar (HST 470) and the portfolio requirement, discussed above. If you’re interested in teacher certification, you must also complete the secondary education minor in the education department.
History Minor: At least 18 credit hours in history, including at least one three credit-hour course at the 200-level or higher in each of the following areas: United States, European and non-western history. In addition, at least three credit hours must be taken at the 300-level or above.
History courses may also be part of a humanities major.