History

History Major

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