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History Major, B.A.

The major in history is designed to address the diverse needs and interests of Hood College students by offering a choice of three separate programs of study: 1) the major in history, 2) the major in history with optional public history concentration and 3) the major in history with secondary education certification. The department also offers a minor in history. In addition, students majoring in history may tailor their program to include an internship or study abroad, or to prepare for law school or graduate school. Each student should consult with a member of the history faculty to discuss how to further her or his educational needs and career goals.

The major in history requires a minimum of 30 credits in history; 15 credits of which must be at the 300 level or above, including the HIST 470 Research Seminar in History.

To ensure a solid background and broad perspective in history, students who pursue the major in history for general study must select introductory courses from each of the three following groups: premodern history, American history and international/non-Western/regional history. In addition, all students must take one course in Topics in American History.

It is strongly recommended that students begin their study with the introductory courses before proceeding to intermediate or more advanced work in the discipline.

Introductory Courses (9 credits)
One course from each of the following groups:

Premodern History (one course):
  • HIST 200 The Ancient World
  • HIST 202 Medieval Europe
  • HIST 203 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • HIST 204 Ancient Rome
American History (one course):
  • HIST 217 History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 218 History of the United States since 1865
International/Non-Western/Regional History (one course):
  • HIST 234 History of Modern Russia
  • HIST 237 Modern China and Japan
  • HIST 238 Contemporary Southeast Asia
  • HIST 246 Introduction to Africa
  • HIST 309 Islam and the Crusades
  • HIST 316 The Middle East in Modern Times
  • HIST 336 The World since 1945

Topics in American History (3 credits) 

One course from the following group:
  • HIST 210 Women in 20th-Century America
  • AFHS 250 African-American History to the 20th Century
  • AFHS 251 African-American History during the 20th Century
  • HIST 310 History of Women in the United States
  • HSPS 315 Politics of Assassination
  • HIST 318 The American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1815
  • HIST 319 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 320 America in the Sixties
  • HIST 338 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1929
  • HIST 339 New Deal America, 1929-2000
  • HIST 353 U.S. Foreign Relations since World War II
  • HIST 371B Topics in American History
  • HIST 421 Hollywood’s America
  • AFHS 424 Race and Racism in the United States
Upper Level Courses (12 credits)

12 credits in any history area at the 300 level or above. 300-level courses counted in the above categories may also be counted here. A limit of three credits of history internship may be applied to meeting this requirement.

Seminar (3 credits)
  • HIST 470 Research Seminar in History
To complete the requirements, students may select from among a number of different elective courses in history.

Optional Public History Concentration

The public history concentration prepares students for careers in museum work, state and national parks, historic sites, historical societies, public and private archives, historic preservation and government agencies that employ historians; or for graduate study in the field of public history. It combines a strong foundation in American history with specialized coursework and practice in public history.

Students must fulfill the following requirements for the concentration, along with the regular requirements for the history major. (Note: Some of the specific concentration requirements will also fulfill more general history major requirements.) The concentration requires 25 credits.

Required courses (12 credits):
  • HIST 208 Introduction to Public History
  • HIST 217 History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 218 History of the United States since 1865
  • HIST 399 Internship in History
Two of the following Public History courses (6 credits):
  • ART 215 Introduction to Museum Studies
  • ARHS 299 Special Topics in Museum Studies: Museum Education
  • HIST 371E Topics in Public History (may be taken more than once with different topic)
  • HI 106 Historic Preservation (Frederick Community College)*
  • HI 107 Introduction to Archives and Manuscripts (Frederick Community College)*
  • HNPS 356 Jamestown: Commemoration and Interpretation

*Requires approval by the department to be counted for the concentration in this category.

*These courses will be recorded on the Hood transcript with the course number HIST ELECT.

Two of the following American History courses (6 credits):
  • AFHS 250 African-American History to the 20th Century
  • AFHS 251 African-American History During the 20th Century
  • HIST 310 History of Women in the United States
  • HIST 318 The American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1815
  • HIST 319 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 338 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1929
  • HIST 339 New Deal America, 1929-2000
  • HIST 371B Topics in American History*

*Requires approval by the department to be counted for the concentration in this category.

One of the following additional courses (1-3 credits):
  • An additional course from the courses listed above
  • An X-credit added to one of the courses listed above
  • ENSP 299G Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy: Environmental History
  • HIST 375 Independent Study (1-3 credits; requires approval for use in concentration)
  • HIST 399 Internship in History (additional credits beyond 3, or repeated)
  • INST 312 Archaeology: Cultures, Technologies, Methods and Theories
  • MGMT 315 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Secondary Education Certification

History majors also may wish to obtain certification to teach history at the secondary level. Students who complete this secondary education program receive certification to teach in Maryland upon graduation, along with reciprocity for teaching in certain other states. Students must complete requirements specified by the education department and meet the following history and social science requirements (36 credits).

Required Courses: (21 credits)
  • ECON 205 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
  • HIST 217 History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 218 History of the United States since 1865
  • HIST 470 Research Seminar in History (Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, 9 credits of 200 and/or 300-level history) 
  • PSCI 203 Introduction to U.S. Politics
  • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
Select one Pre-Modern World history course from the following: (3 credits)
  • HIST 200 The Ancient World
  • HIST 202 Medieval Europe
  • HIST 203 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • HIST 204 Ancient Rome
Select two Modern World history courses from the following: (6 credits)
  • HIST 205 Modern Europe, 1648–1815
  • HIST 206 Modern Europe, 1815–1914
  • HIST 234 History of Modern Russia
  • HIST 237 Modern China and Japan
  • HIST 238 Contemporary Southeast Asia
  • HIST 246 Introduction to Africa
  • HIST 316 The Middle East in Modern Times
  • HSLS 330 Cultural Encounters in Latin American History
  • HIST 336 The World Since 1945
  • PSCI 210 Comparative Politics
Select one course from the following (Culture and Diversity): (3 credits)

(or equivalent approved for content by the chair of the history department and the secondary education program coordinator)

  • AFEN 265 African-American Voices Before the 20th Century
  • AFPS 240 African-American Politics
  • AFPS 350 African Politics
  • HIST 210 Women in 20th Century America
  • HSPS 245 Global Perspectives on Women, Power and Politics
  • AFHS 250 African-American History to the 20th Century
  • AFHS 251 African-American History During the 20th Century
  • AFHS 424 Race and Racism in the United States
  • HIST 309 Islam and the Crusades
  • HIST 310 History of Women in the United States
  • AFHS 424 Race and Racism in the United States
Select one additional upper level (300-400) course from one of the following content areas: (3 credits)
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Preparation for Graduate School and Professional Studies

Students who plan to attend graduate school in history should work closely with a departmental adviser both to develop the credentials necessary for admission to a graduate program and to gain expertise in a specific area of historical interest. The department advises that students aiming for graduate study complete a minimum of 36 credits in history at the 200 level or above; choose an informal concentration within the major; take four courses in cognate fields of study (archaeology, art history, English, economics, political science, philosophy, religion and sociology, among others); and become proficient in at least one foreign language.

History is also an excellent preparation for law school and other professional programs. Students interested in such a career path should consult the appropriate pre-professional adviser. Students preparing for law school are advised to take courses in American and British history, with additional coursework in English, economics and philosophy.