College of Liberal Arts
Major or Minor
Completion of a bachelor's degree in History is an enriching experience that allows you to study and research the major social, political, cultural and economic events of the past. This means that history graduates actually have quite a wide range of employment prospects in different sectors.
History Major at the Mount
The Department of History provides a perspective that is central to the university's liberal arts curriculum, namely, an intellectual framework for understanding the evolution of the human condition. History majors, with the assistance of their advisors, select from a wide variety of courses on European, North American and non-West cultures.
History majors are required to earn a total of 27 credit hours in history courses, in addition to the Civilization sequence (CVOR 101, CVHI 102, CVHI 201) and American Experience (AMC 201 and 202). Two courses are required for history majors: HIST 202 Making History and HIST 498 Senior Thesis. Included in the remaining 21 credits must be at least 3 credits of European, 3 credits of North American and 3 credits of non-Western history. The non-Western history course will also satisfy the university Veritas Program requirement.
The department does not require history majors to take a minor.
Declaration of Major forms are available through the Registrar's Office.
Majors in other departments may minor in History by taking nine credit hours of history courses, in addition to the Civilization sequence (CVOR 101, CVHI 102, CVHI 201) and American Experience (AMC 201, AMC 202). At least three of the nine additional hours must be taken in residence and six hours taken with professors in the history department.
Many of the department's elective courses are cross-listed with other exciting programs, allowing students to add further minors in Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, African-American Studies and Non-Western Studies.