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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 HIST 470 Seminar: Topics 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.

Requirements for the major

One introductory World History course (3-4 credits)
  • HIST 262 Africa, Asia, and Europe to 1500
  • HIST 263 Africa, Asia and Europe since 1500
One introductory American History course (-4 credits)
  • HIST 217 History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 218 History of the United States since 1865
  • AFHS 257 African-American History
One upper-level American History course (4 credits):
  • HIST 318 American Revolution and Early Republic
  • HIST 319 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 338 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • HIST 339 New Deal America, 1929-2000
  • HIST 353 U.S. Foreign Relations since World War II
  • HIST 371B Topics in American History
  • HIST 410 History of Women in the United States
  • AFHS 424 Race and Racism in the United States
  • HIST 437 U.S. Labor History from the Gilded Age to the Twenty-First Century

One upper-level Pre-Modern or Non-Western History (4 credits)

Pre-Modern courses:
  • HIST 300 From Celts to Vikings, 400-1000
  • HIST 309 Islam and the Crusade
  • HIST 313 Medieval England
  • HIST 365 The Ancient Near East and Greece
  • HIST 366 Ancient Rome
  • HIST 367 Medieval Europe
  • HIST 371A Topics in Early History
  • HIST 406 Religion, Family, and Society in Reformation Europe
  • HIST 412 Women in Medieval Europe
Non-Western courses:
  • HIST 316 The Middle East in Modern Times
  • HSLS 330 Cultural Encounters in Latin American History
  • HIST 336 The World since 1945
  • HIST 340 Modern China and Japan
  • HIST 343 Modern Russia
  • HSPS 345 Global Perspectives on Women, Power and Politics
  • HIST 371D Topics in World History

Required upper-level courses (5 credits)

  • HIST 373 Research and Writing in History
  • HIST 341 Cultural Resources and Events

One capstone seminar course (4 credits)

(A 400-level course taken to meet one of the requirements above may not be counted as the capstone course.)(A 400-level course taken to meet one of the requirements above may not be counted as the capstone course.)

  • HIST 470 Seminar: Topics in History
  • HIST 406 Religion, Family, and Society in Reformation Europe
  • HIST 410 History of Women in the United States
  • HIST 412 Women in Medieval Europe
  • AFHS 424 Race and Racism in the United States
  • HIST 437 U.S. Labor History from the Gilded Age to the Twenty-First Century
  • HIST 499 Departmental Honors Paper
  • Two history electives (6-8 credits)

  • (A limit of four credits of history internship or independent study may be applied to meeting this requirement.)

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 373 Research and Writing in History
  • HIST 399 Internship in History
  • HIST 399C Internship Colloquium
At least two of the following courses (7-8 credits):
  • ART 215 Introduction to Museum Studies
  • HIST 371E Topics in Public History (may be taken more than once)
  • HNPS 356 Jamestown: Commemoration and Interpretation
At least one of the following courses (3-4 credits):
  • HIST 217 History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 218 History of the United States since 1865
  • AFHS 257 African-American History
At least one of the following courses (3-4 credits):
  • HIST 318 American Revolustion and Early Republic
  • HIST 319 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 338 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • HIST 339 New Deal America, 1929-2000
  • HIST 371B Topics in American History (if approved by the Department)
  • HIST 410 History of Women in the United States
  • HIST 424 Race and Racism in the United States
  • HIST 437 U.S. Labor History from the Gilded Age to the Twenty-First Century
Recommended courses
  • ENSP 299G Special Topics: Environmental History
  • 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 (41-42 credits).

Required Courses: (34 credits)
  • ECON 205 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • GEOG 101 Cultural Geography (3 credits)
  • HIST 217 History of the United States to 1865 (4 credits)
  • HIST 218 History of the United States since 1865 (4 credits)
  • HIST 262 Africa, Asia, and Europe to 1500 (4 credits)
  • HIST 263 Africa, Asia, and Europd since 1500 (4 credits)
  • HIST 373 Research and Writing in History (4 credits)
  • PSCI 203 Introduction to U.S. Politics (4 credits)
  • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (4 credits)
Select one Culture and Diversity course from the following (3-4 credits)

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

  • AFPS 240 African-American Politics
  • AFHS 257 African-American History
  • AFPS 350 African Politics
  • AFHS 424 Race and Racism in the United States
  • HSPS 345 Global Perspectives on Women, Power and Politics
  • HIST 410 History of Women in the United States
  • REL 304 Islam
Select one capstone seminar course (4 credits)
  • HIST 406 Religion, Family, and Society in Reformation Europe
  • HIST 410 History of Women in the United States
  • HIST 412 Women in Medieval Europe
  • AFHS 424 Race and Racism in the United States
  • HIST 437 U.S. Labor History from the Gilded Age to the Twenty-First Century
  • HIST 470 Seminar: Topics in History
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.