2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA

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The History Department Office
145 Eggers Hall
315-443-2210 or 9926


Alan Allport, Susan Branson, Craige B. Champion, Andrew W. Cohen, Albrecht Diem, Michael R. Ebner, Carol Faulkner, Jeffrey Gonda, Paul M. Hagenloh, Samantha Kahn Herrick, Amy Kallander, George Kallander, Osamah F. Khalil, Radha Kumar, Norman A. Kutcher, Chris Kyle, Elisabeth D. Lasch-Quinn, Laurie Marhoefer, Gladys McCormick, Tessa Murphy, Mark G. Schmeller, Martin S. Shanguhyia, Junko Takeda, Margaret Susan Thompson

An understanding of the past is essential to shaping the present and future of our nation and the world. History majors and minors are asked not to memorize facts, but to develop the reading, writing and research skills necessary to understand the past and face the future. The undergraduate program leading to a B.A. in history provides rigorous training in research, analysis, and writing. Because students of history learn to evaluate evidence, write well, and think clearly, the history major is excellent training for almost any career.

Students majoring in history are encouraged to take a foreign language.

Major Requirements

A new set of requirements will apply to all students matriculating in or after Fall 2016. Please contact The History Department(history@maxwell.syr.edu) for these new requirements.

Requirements for student who matriculated before Fall 2016

The major requires 30 credits in history, 21 of which must be upper-division courses (numbered 300 or higher). Students are required to take one of the following lower-division, two-course foundation sequences:

Upper-division Credits

Of the 21 upper-division credits, 3 must be in HST 401 - Senior Seminar .

Distribution requirement

The history department divides its course offerings into three broad geographic categories: U.S., European, and Global. Students must take at least 3 credits (1 course) in each of these three areas.

Concentration requirement

Each student must complete a concentration, consisting of 15 credits (5 courses), in one of the three distribution areas. Lower division survey courses and HST 401  can count toward this total. It is strongly encouraged, but not required, that both the lower division sequence and  HST 401  fall within the student’s area of concentration.

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