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The course offerings in history are sufficient in breadth and depth to enable a student to acquire a strong foundation in the discipline. The main objectives of the department are to 1) help students to acquire a sound understanding of the development of America and to appreciate the contributions made by African Americans, 2) help students to acquire knowledge of and appreciation for the history and culture of other nations, 3) help students to develop their ability to analyze, synthesize, and interpret historical events, 4) enable students to understand the impact of the past upon the present, 5) prepare students for graduate and professional school, for teaching, and for other history-related careers, and 6) provide opportunities for students to use research methods to collect, analyze, and evaluate historical data. The major concentrations in history are African American History, African History, History/Social Studies Education, and United States History.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS IN HISTORY

Every student is required to take 6 credit hours in History, choosing both courses from one of the following groups:

HIST 201 World History I
HIST 202 World History II
OR
HIST 203 U.S. History I
HIST 203 U.S. History II
OR
HIST 205 African American History I
HIST 206 African American History II

Note: Students may not mix courses from different groups.

MAJOR IN HISTORY

The major in History allows for a concentration in African American History, African History, History/Social Studies Teacher Education, and United States History. All interested students are advised to notify the department as early as possible, so that an advisor can be assigned.

The requirements consist of three sections: survey courses, upper level requirements, and departmental electives. Since each of these sections includes components which vary based on concentration, it is important that scheduling be done with the approval of an advisor. The major in history must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the major.

The following outlines provide the requirements of each concentration.

AFRICAN HISTORY CONCENTRATION

The requirements consist of a total of 36 hours, including:

I. Survey Course Options (6 hours)

In addition to the GER requirements mentioned above, all majors in African History are required to take an additional 6 hours of survey courses, selected from the following groups:

HIST 201 World History I
HIST 202 World History II
OR
HIST 203 U.S. History I
HIST 204 U.S. History II
OR
HIST 205 African American History I
HIST 206 African American History II 

II. Upper Level Requirements (15 hours)

All majors in African History are required to take the following courses:

HIST 207 Intro to Africa
HIST 315 Modern Africa
HIST 440 Seminar in African History
HIST 423 Methods of Historical Research
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
OR
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography


III. Departmental Electives (15 hours)

All majors in African History must take at least 15 hours in departmental electives, as outlined in the following three groups (see course descriptions for details). With the prior approval of the Department, other courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for concentration and support electives.

Concentration Electives (6 hrs)
HIST 313 Ancient Africa
HIST 405 Hist. of Latin America
HIST 430 West Africa
HIST 432 Central Africa
HIST 436 South Africa
HIST 438 East Africa
HIST 442 Special Topics in History
Support Electives (6 hrs)
HIST 304 Problems I
HIST 305 Problems II HIST 350 Afr Am Intellectual
HIST 354 Mod Civil Rights
HIST 404 Modern Asia
HIST 407 US Foreign Policy
HIST 410 Europe I
HIST 411 Europe II
HIST 426 Middle East
HIST 442 Special Topics in History
HIST 450 Sem. Global Stud.
Geography Electives (3 hrs)
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography
GEOG 302 North American
GEOG 303 Tools and Technology
GEOG 304 Latin America
GEOG 306 Urban Geography
GEOG 402 Political Geography
GEOG 405

Geography of Africa

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY CONCENTRATION

The requirements consist of a total of 36 hours, including:

I. Survey Course Options (6 hours)

In addition to the GER requirements (HIST 201/202 or HIST 203/204), all majors in African American History must take the following:

HIST 205 African American History I
HIST 206 African American History II


II. Upper Level Requirements (9 hours)

All majors in African American History are required to take the following courses:

HIST 420 Seminar in African American History
HIST 423 Methods of Historical Research
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
OR
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography


III. Departmental Electives (21 hours)

All majors in African American History must take at least 21 hours in departmental electives, as outlined in the following (see course descriptions for details). With prior approval of the Department, other courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for concentration and support electives.

Concentration Electives (9 hrs)
HIST 207 Intro. to Africa
OR
HIST 430 West Africa
HIST 304 Problems I
OR
HIST 305 Problems II
HIST 318 African Americans in Cities
HIST 348 African American Women
HIST 350 African American Intellectual Hist.
HIST 354 Mod Civil Rights Movement
HIST 393 Civil War & Reconstruction
HIST 442 Special Topics in History (AFAM)
Support Electives (9 hrs)
HIST 301 Hist. of Maryland
HIST 304 Problems I
HIST 305 Problems II
HIST 313 Ancient Africa
HIST 315 Modern Africa
HIST 319 Urban America
HIST 405 Latin America
HIST 407 US Foreign Policy
HIST 410 Europe I
HIST 411 Europe II
HIST 428 History of Women
HIST 442 Special Topics in History
Geography Electives (3 hrs)
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography
GEOG 202 Geography of Maryland
GEOG 302 North American Geography
GEOG 303 Tools and Technology
GEOG 306 Urban Geography
GEOG 405 Geography of Africa

UNITED STATES HISTORY CONCENTRATION

The requirements consist of a total of 36 hours, including:

I. Survey Course Options (6 hours)

In addition to the GER requirements (HIST 201/202 or HIST 205/206), all majors in United States History must take the following:

HIST 203 United States History I
HIST 204 United States History II


II. Upper Level Requirements (9 hours)

All majors in United States History are required to take the following courses:

HIST 422 Seminar in American History
HIST 423 Methods of Historical Research
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
OR
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography


III. Departmental Electives (21 hours)

All majors in African American History must take at least 21 hours in departmental electives, as outlined in the following (see course descriptions for details). With prior approval of the Department, other courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for concentration and support electives.

Concentration Electives (9 hrs)
HIST 301 Hist of Maryland
HIST 304 Problems I
HIST 305 Problems II
HIST 319 Urban America
HIST 354 Mod Cvl Rights Movement
HIST 393 Civil War & Reconst
HIST 407 US Foreign Policy
HIST 428 History of Women
HIST 442 Special Topics
Support Electives (9 hrs)
HIST 318 African Americans in Cities
HIST 350 African American Intellectual Hist.
HIST 405 Latin America
HIST 406 Russia
HIST 410 Europe I
HIST 411 Europe II
HIST 424 Internship
HIST 430 West Africa
MNSC Economic Hist of US
Geography Electives (3 hrs)
GEOG 202 Geography of Maryland
GEOG 302 North American Geography
GEOG 303 Tools and Technology
GEOG 306 Urban Geography
GEOG 342 Political Geography

HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

Students pursuing certification in Secondary Social Studies are advised to follow the Suggested Curriculum Plan, through close advisement by the History department.

Content Course Requirements (51 Hrs.)
HIST 201 World History I
HIST 202 World History II
HIST 203 U.S. History I
HIST 204 U.S. History II
HIST 423 Methods Hist. Research
Local/Urban Option any one of the following
HIST 301 Hist Of Maryland
HIST 318 Blacks in Cities
HIST 319 Urban History
HIST 380 Chesapeake (UB)
HIST 382 Hist Baltimore (UB)
HIST 442 Special Topics (When Applicable)
African American Option any one of the following
HIST 205 Afram Survey I
HIST 206 Afram Survey II
HIST 318 Blacks in Cities
HIST 348 Afram Women
HIST 350 Af. Am. Intellectual
HIST 393 Civil War/Reconst.
HIST 420 Sem. In Afr. Amer.
HIST 442

Special Topic -Afam

Non-Western Option any one of the following
Any African Hist. Course:207, 313, 315, 430, 432, 436, 438, 440
HIST 404 HIST OF ASIA
HIST 405 Hist Latin America
HIST 426 Middle East
HIST 442 SPECIAL TOPICS (Non-western)
Geography (6 hrs.)
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
Geography Option (ANY 3 credits)
Economics (6 hrs.)
ECON 201 Intro to Economics
Economics Option (ANY 3 credits)
Political Science (6 hrs.)
POSC 301 U.S. Government
POSC Option (ANY 3 credits)
PSYC 201 General Psychology
Anthropology (ANY 3 credits)
Sociology (3 hrs)
Professional Course Requirements (39 hrs.)
EDUC 202 Educational Psychology 3 hrs
EDUC 203 Teaching W/Technology 3hrs
EDUC 402 Hist of Education
EDUC 408 Meas. & Eval in Educ
SPED 201 Intro Needs Exept Indiv
SCED 312 Principles of Secondary Ed
SCED 324 Social Studies in Sec Sch
SCED 427 Tch Reading Content Area
SCED 456 Tch Reading Sec Sch
SCED 414 Directed Teaching Exp
SCED 415 Directed Teaching Sem


History Major-Concentration: African History


Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
*ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *»HIST 205  AA History  3
 *○WLIT  World Literature  3
 *ANTH 207  Cultural Anthropology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 206  AA History II  3
*PHSC 101   Physical Science  3
 *GEOG 102  World Regional Geography  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 15

Level II (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
 *×PHIL 102
 Intro to Logic
 3
 *POSC 301
 U.S. Government  3
 *BIOL 107
 Biological Science
 4
 *IDIS 101
 Visual Arts & Theatre
 3
 *SPCH 105
 Speech  3
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 201
 World History I
 3
 ■HIST 300
 METH of HIST RES  3
 ■GEOG 405  African Geography
 3
 ■HIST 207
 Introduction to Africa
 3
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■HIST 313
 Modern Africa
 3
 ■HIST 407  U.S. Foreign Policy  3
 ■HIST 410  Europe I
 3
 ■HIST 430
 History of West Africa  3
 ■HIST 202  World History II  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 315  Modern Africa
 3
 ■HIST 354  Mod Civil Rights Movement
 3
 ■HIST 405  History of Latin America  3
 ■HIST 411  Europe II  3
 ♦ General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■HIST 350  AA Intellectual History
 3
 ■HIST 436  History of South Africa
 3
 ■HIST 438  History of East Africa
 3
 ■HIST 432  History of Central Africa  3
 ▲ GEOG XXX  Advised Geography Elective
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 440  Seminar in African History  3
 ■HIST 442  Special Topics in African Hist  3
 ♦  General Elective   3
 ♦  General Elective 
 3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS
122



History Major-Concentration: United States History


Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
*ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *IDIS 102  Music & Dance  3
 *»HIST 201  World History I  3
 *SOCI 201  Intro to Sociology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 202  World History II  3
*BIOL 101   Biological Science  4
 *GEOG 102  World Regional Geography  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 16

Level II (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
 *○WLIT
 World Literature
 3
 *×PHIL 102
 Intro Logic  3
 *PHSC 103
 Tech & Human Affairs
 3
 *POSC 301
 U.S. Government
 3
 ■HIST 300
 METH of Hist Research  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 304
 Prob in Amer History I
 3
 ■HIST 203
 U.S. History I  3
 ■HIST 302  U.S. Constitution
 3
 ■HIST 301
 History of Maryland
 3
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■HIST 204
 U.S. History II
 3
 ■HIST 305  Problems in Amer History II  3
 ■HIST 407  U.S. Foreign Policy
 3
 ■HIST 354
 Modern Civil Rights Mvmt  3
 ■HIST 315  Modern Africa  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■GEOG 302  North American
 3
 ■HIST 428  History of Women in U.S.
 3
 ■HIST 442  Special Topics in U.S. History  3
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■HIST 393  Civil War & Reconstruction
 3
 ■HIST 318  AA in American Cities
 3
 ■HIST 319  Urban America since 1870
 3
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 ▲  Program Elective
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 422  Seminar in U.S. Hist  3
 ■HIST 424  History Internship  3
 ♦  General Elective   3
 ♦  General Elective 
 3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS
122



History Major-Concentration: Social Studies Teacher Education

Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
*ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *»HIST 203  U.S. History  3
 *IDIS 102  Music & Dance  3
 *SOCI 201  Intro to Sociology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 204  U.S. History II  3
*PHSC 103  Tech and Human Affairs  3
 *SPCH 105  Intro to Speech Comm  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 15

Level II (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
 *×PHIL 102
 Logic
 3
 *PSYC 201
 Intro to Psychology  3
 *BIOL 101
 Biological Science
 4
 *○WLIT 207
 World Literature
 3
 ■HIST 201
 World History I  3
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 202
 World History II
 3
 ■HIST 300
 Meth of History Research  3
 ■EDUC 202  Educational Psychology
 3
 ■POSC 301
 U.S. Government
 3
 ■GEOG 101  Elements of Geography  3
 Semester Total 15

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■HIST XXX
 Local/Urban Option
 3
 ■HIST XXX  African American Option  3
 ■ECON 201  Intro to Economics
 3
 ▲POSC XXX
 Option  3
 ▲ANTH XXX  Option  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■EDUC 203  Teaching with Technology
 3
 ■EDUC 402  History of Education
 3
 ■REED 427  Reading in Content I  3
 ■SPED 201  Intro to Needs Excep  3
 ▲ECON XXX  Option  3
 Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■SCED 324  Methods of Teaching SS
 3
 ■REED 428  Reading in Content II
 3
 ■EDUC 408  Meas & Eval in Education
 3
 ■HIST XXX  Non Western Option  3
 ■EDUC 312  Principles of Sec Education
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■SCED 328  Directed Teaching  12
 ▲GEOG XXX  Option  3
 Semester Total 12
TOTAL CREDITS
119


History Major-Concentration: African American


Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
*ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *IDIS 102  Music & Dance  3
 *»HIST 201  World History I  3
 *SOCI 201  Intro to Sociology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 202  World History II  3
*PHSC 103   Tech and Human Affairs  3
 *GEOG 102  World Regional Geography  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 15

Level II (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
 *×PHIL 102
 Logic
 3
 *POSC 301
 U.S. Government  3
 *BIOL 101  Biological Science
 4
 *○WLIT 207
 World Literature
 3
 ■HIST 205
 African American History I  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 206
 African American History II
 3
 ■HIST 300
 Meth of History Research  3
 ■HIST 207  Intro to African History
 3
 ■HIST 301
 History of Maryland
 3
 ■GEOG 101  Elements of Geography   3
 Semester Total 15

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■HIST 304
 Problems in Amer History I
 3
 ■HIST 307  U.S. Foreign Policy  3
 ■HIST 354  Modern Civil Rights Mvmt
 3
 ■HIST 315
 Modern Africa  3
 ■HIST 460  History of West Africa  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■GEOG 302  North American
 3
 ■HIST 428  History of Women in U.S.
 3
 ■HIST 442  Special Topics in U.S. History  3
 ■HIST 305  Problems in Amer Hist II  3
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■HIST 393  Civil War & Reconstruction
 3
 ■HIST 318  AA in American Cities
 3
 ■HIST 319  Urban America since 1870
 3
 ■HIST 350  AA Intellectual History  3
 ▲  Program Elective
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■HIST 420  Seminar in AA History  3
 ■HIST 424  History Internship  3
 ▲  Program Elective   3
 ▲  Program Elective 
 3
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 Semester Total 12
TOTAL CREDITS
119

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options. 

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