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Chair:  Dr. Scott Smith, scsmith, x2281, Pioneer 200
Transfer Advisor:  Dr. Sharon Bailey Glasco, sglasco, x2306, Pioneer 208
First-Year student contact: Dr. Peter Buckingham, pbucking, x2479, Pioneer 203

The mission of the History Department is to teach history as a distinct form of inquiry into the human condition. Students will learn the skills of history through the study of historical methods, area studies, research and writing.



These courses carry VP or GP designations and count toward the history major.  They do not need to be taken in order; for example, a student can decide to take HIST 123 without having taken HIST 122.

  • HIST 120-121 Western Culture I & II/ HIST 122-123 World Civilization I & II
  • HIST 124 East Asia Before 1800 & HIST 125 East Asia Since 1800
  • HIST 126-127 Eurasian Civilization I & II
  • HIST 150 Survey of US History (VP)
  • HIST 152 Environmental History of the US (VP, US) 

Students with exceptional academic backgrounds might also consider history courses at the 200 or 300-level.  The course offerings at this level vary from semester to semester, so students should consult their registration materials. 


For a Major: 40 credits in the department, including 285, 485, and at least one course (200-level or higher) in each of the following areas: (1) Europe and the Mediterranean; (2) Asia and the Pacific; (3) North America; (4) Latin America and the Caribbean.

For a Minor: 20 credits in the department, including at least 12 credits at the 200 level or higher.


Students considering a history major in preparation for a career in primary or secondary education should consult, as soon as possible, an advisor in the Education Department to plan a program that can be completed in four years. 

All students interested in the major should attend the information session in mid-fall.  See your colloquium advisor for details.