Major Requirements

Students have two options in pursuing a History Major: one emphasizes geographic breadth and the other a thematic track. With departmental approval students may also pursue History Honors.

OPTION 1: History Major - Geographic Breadth

Overview:
A minimum of 36 Credits (typically 9 courses) in History
HIST 001: Time Travel: How to Make History required (4 credits)
HIST 302: The Capstone Experience required (4 credits)
From the 36 credits, majors must have 12 credits (3 courses) at 303 and above; and 4 credits (1 course) in the pre-1800 period.
One course from each of 4 categories below, for a total of 4 courses (16 credits):

North America (041, 042, 043, 110, 120, 130, 135, 136, 319, 367)

Europe (011, 012, 015, 016, 021, 022, 183, 253, 311, 312, 348, 373)

Latin America (049, 050, 1XX, 368)

Africa (005, 130, 134, 330)

Asia (075, 076, 170, 340)

Transnational (025, 101, 107, 197, 352)

OPTION 2: History Major - Thematic Track

Overview:
A minimum of 36 Credits (typically 9 courses) in History
HIST 001: Time Travel: How to Make History required (4 credits)
HIST 302: The Capstone Experience required (4 credits)
From the 36 credits, majors should have 12 credits (3 courses) at 303 and above (excepting HIST 306); 4 credits (1 course) in the pre-1800 period; and 4 credits (1 course) in Latin American, African or Asian History.
3 courses in a specific Track (see below)

TRACKS (3 courses/12 credits in one of the following)

a) Global Connections (012, 015,016, 025, 049, 1XX, 101, 183, 197, 253, 319, 348, 367, 373)

b) Women, Gender, and Sexuality (041, 042, 043, 124, 135, 136, 325)

c) War, Empire, and Revolution (012, 015, 016, 041, 043, 049, 050, 101, 120, 315, 319, 348, 373)

d) Race, Ethnicity, and Diasporas (41, 42, 43, 49, 96, 130, 135, 136, 351)

e) Religion, Thought, and Culture (15, 41, 42, 43, 96, 154, 180, 328, 337, 351, 395)

f) Medicine, Science, Technology, and Environment (7, 8, 25, 107, 117, 118, 315)

g) Public and Digital History (154, 303, 305, 306, 336, 337, 338)

h) Build Your Own Track (department approval is required)

With Department approval, majors may take one relevant course outside of History to fulfill track requirements. For descriptions of tracks and region and time period designations, and for additional courses that might qualify for tracks or geographical focus, see the History Department website.

REQUIREMENTS FOR HONORS
fulfillment of Major requirements
minimum of 3.5 GPA in courses presented for the Major
HIST 391 (4 credits) and HIST 392 (2 credits): Honors Thesis
With departmental approval these courses may substitute for the 302 The Capstone Experience.

CONCENTRATION IN PUBLIC HISTORY
History majors may earn a concentration in Public History by completing a total of 16 hours in the following courses:
Hist 305 Public History (4), required
Hist 306 Internship in Public History (4), required
Art 175, 275, 370, or 375 Museology (3)
EdT 405 Website and Resource Development (3) (seniors by petition)
Hist 336 Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley (4)
Hist 338 Techniques in Public History (2 credits, may be repeated for up to 8 credits)
Hist/Anth 370 Historical Archeology (4)