History Major and Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

The requirements for the major in history are flexible enough to enable a student to pursue personal interests and goals and at the same time foster an appreciation for the diversity of the human experience. To qualify for a major in history the following minimum requirements must be met:

    1. A minimum of 10 history courses must be completed.
    2. At least four courses (at any level) must be drawn from four of the following broad categories into which the history curriculum is divided: a) Africa, b) Asia, c) Europe, d) Latin America and the Caribbean, e) Middle East, f) North America, g) Transnational.
    3. At least one course must be a 299 Historical Research Methods seminar, which must be taken before the senior year.
    4. At least one course must be at the 300 level.
    5. At least one course must be a Senior-Year Experience (SYE), which may be fulfilled by a 400-level research seminar involving a substantial research project, by the two-semester Honors Project, or by a 400-level independent study (see below).
    6. No more than three courses at the 100 level may be credited toward the major.
    7. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major.

Honors

The honors program in history enables qualified students to engage in intensive original work in the senior year. Admission to the program, at the discretion of the department, requires a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major. Students seeking admission must apply to the chair of the department by no later than May 1 of the junior year. Honors are granted upon the successful completion of an honors thesis written under the direction of a faculty advisor. Completion of the honors thesis earns two credits toward the major (History 498 and 499) and fulfills the SYE requirement. Completion of a written historiography and other requirements by the end of the fall semester (History 498) is required for admission to History 499 in the spring.

Minor Requirements

A minor in history provides students with an opportunity to select courses that satisfy their interest in the field while learning the tools of the historian’s craft. To qualify for a minor in history the following minimum requirements must be met:

  1. A minimum of six (6) history courses must be completed.
  2. At least one course must be a 299 Historical Research Methods seminar, which must be taken before the senior year.
  3. At least one course must be an SYE course.
  4. No more than one course at the 100 level may be credited toward the minor.
  5. Among the minimum of six courses, not more than one may be an independent study (489, 490) or an internship (481, 482).
  6. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the minor.

Advanced Placement Credit. 

A 4 or 5 in one AP course may count for major credit.

Certification to Teach Social Studies

The teacher certification minor is only available to students who matriculated before fall semester 2019. For information on teacher certification options approved by the New York State Board of Regents, requirements for the certification minor, and the requirements for the professional semester (including student teaching) please go to the Education department's website (https://www.stlawu.edu/education) or contact the Coordinator of the Teacher Education Program.  Students who are eligible to pursue this minor must complete all requirements and the professional semester by the end of spring semester 2022.

History and World Languages

History Requirements for all language/history combined majors

1. 299. Seminar on Historical Research Methods

2. 471-480. SYE: Senior Seminars (in which the student conducts research related to her or his language focus)

3. FOUR one-unit electives.

  •  One of these electives must be at the 300 level
  • Any other three electives, no more than one at the 100 level.

World Languages Requirements for All History-Language Interdisciplinary Majors 

  • Seven Required courses: A) 6 courses at the 103 level or above B) 1 Cultural course taken in English through the World Languages, Cultures, and Media Dept. and related to the field Students already proficient at the intermediate level will receive credit for 103 and 104 upon completion of a higher-level course in this language. Arabic, Chinese, German and Italian: 7 Required courses: A) 4 courses at the 101 level or above B) 3 Cultural courses taken in English through the World Languages, Cultures, and Media Dept. and related to the field Students already proficient at the beginning level will receive credit for 101 and 102 upon completion of a higher-level course in this language. Multi-language: 7 Required courses: A) 3 courses in one language B) 3 courses in the concentration language at the 103 level and above C) 1 Cultural course taken in English through the World Languages, Cultures, and Media Dept. and related to the field.