The undergraduate History major for the Bachelor of Arts (non-teaching certification) requires 39 credit hours of course work. Students complete a 1-credit introductory course in their first year called History Matters; ten 3 credit courses in US, European and Non-western history; a 4-credit historical methods course called The Historical Imagination; and a 4-credit Senior Seminar as a capstone. In addition, students must complete the university’s General Education requirements, choose a Minor field of study (generally 18 credits, or 6 courses), and complete enough elective courses to meet the 120 credits needed for graduation. Meeting with your advisor on a regular basis is important in making sure that all of these requirements are met.
The BA Breakdown:
- 1 credit (first course) History Matters
- 6 credits (2 courses) at the 100/200 level – (any field of study)
- 6 credits (2 courses) U.S. History – (200 level of above)
- 6 credits (2 courses) European History – (200 level of above)
- 6 credits (2 courses) Non-Western History – (200 level of above)
- 6 credits (2 courses) History Electives – (100 level of above)
- 4 credits (1 course) History 301 – The Historical Imagination
- 4 credits (1 course) History 490 – Senior Seminar
Things to Know:
- CCSU freshmen: History Matters should be taken in the first year of study, and before HIST 301. Transfer students should consult the department chair.
- History 301 – The Historical Imagination – is the Department’s historical methods course, and designed to teach students proper reading, research, and writing skills. Multiple professors teach this course and focus on their particular field of expertise. Thus there are a variety of 301 courses from which students may choose.
- Please note that History 301 should be taken after having completed 100/200 level courses and a 300 level course or two. 301 is generally taken in the 2nd semester of Sophomore or first semester of the Junior year.
- History 301 is the gateway course into 400 level courses. You may take a 400 level course in conjunction with 301, but it is not encouraged and you must have the approval of the 400 level professor.
- History 490 – Senior Seminar – is the Department capstone course. Students are expected to write a paper or complete a project that shows considerable research, organizational, and writing skills. Multiple professors teach this course and focus on their particular field of expertise. Thus there are a variety of 490 courses from which students may choose.
- Students must complete a minimum of 4 courses at the 400 level. This can include History 490. Students may take more than 4 courses at the 400 level.