The program ensures both a knowledge and an understanding of the foundations of the development of humankind, stimulates thinking about interaction of ideas, develops facility with written and verbal expression, increases confidence in articulating ideas, and encourages the critical awareness of self so important to an educated individual. Special emphasis is placed on the development of the abilities to analyze, synthesize, and communicate.
A departmental honors program is also available. Students should contact the department for additional information.
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History majors who do not become teachers are qualified for careers that require a solid liberal arts training with an emphasis in history. Such careers include positions with government agencies such as the U. S. State Department, Customs Service, and Immigration and Naturalization Service, and with businesses that conduct international trade. Skills acquired through the program include analytical thinking, creative thinking, and the ability to address problems from many perspectives. History is also an excellent background for careers in communications because a knowledge of history lends a depth of understanding to print, broadcast, and Web journalists.
Students who choose graduate school typically pursue advanced degrees in history, law, or related fields.
Social studies majors are qualified to teach social studies, including history, in middle and high schools.
Recent graduates have been hired by school districts throughout New York State.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in History 39 cr
American History (6 cr)
HIS 106 History of American Life I
HIS 107 History of American Life II
European History (6 cr)
Select two courses from the following:
HIS 115 Foundations of Western Civilization
HIS 116 Europe Since 1500
HIS 117 Twentieth-Century Europe
World History (6 cr)
Two electives in Asian, African, Middle Eastern, or Latin American history.
Research and Writing Seminar (3 cr)
HIS 300W Research and Writing Seminar
Historiography Seminar (3 cr)
HIS 490W Senior Seminar in Historiography
Upper-Division History Electives (15 cr)
Three 300-level history courses.
Two 400-level history courses.
All College Electives 15–42 cr
Total Credit Hours 120 cr