History Major Requirements
History Major Requirements (38 credits):
- One Perspectives in U.S. History (3 credits)
- One Perspectives in Global History (3 credits)
- HIST 322 Historical Methods (4 credits)
- Two Concentrations in any of the following four areas: Europe, Latin America, United States, and Global (14-16 credits)
- Three 300-level seminars -- two as part of the Concentrations, plus one additional (12 credits)
- Two additional elective courses (4-6 credits)
- 400-level Capstone or Senior Thesis (4 credits)
HIST 322: Historical Methods (4 credits)
This course introduces the students to the fundamental skills of historical research. Students work with primary and secondary source materials in the archives, online, and in print. They learn to distinguish primary from secondary sources, to understand the problems that various sources pose to interpretation, and to identify the types of questions particular sources can answer. They learn to read these sources critically and to think historically. Students learn the identifying characteristics of monographs and are introduced to historiography. They learn how to quote properly, to summarize, and to annotate sources. Finally they apply their skills in both a series of short writing assignments, including review essays, interpretive source critiques, précis, and a substantial research paper based on primary and secondary sources. From the skills acquired in this course, the student should have the methodological foundation needed to conduct research in any course that involves historical analysis, and to be prepared for senior thesis. (NOT offered in January Term.) Prerequisite: History Major or Minor status. We recommend that this course be taken a student's second year, or in the first semester at Hartwick for transfer students.
Concentrations (14-16 credits)
The concentrations help students develop greater depth of knowledge in the history of a particular area. A concentration consists of a minimum of two courses in the same area (Europe, Latin America, United States, or Global). At least one of the two courses must be a 300-level seminar. A concentration may consist of two 300-level seminars in the same area. Each history major is required to complete two concentrations.
300-level seminars (12 credits)
These intensive, advanced courses cultivate greater depth of analysis in specific topics like the Civil War, Revolutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Renaissance, and many others. They engage students in active discussion of recent and influential scholarship on specific topics, as well as hands-on research with primary source evidence from the past (such as written documents, oral testimony, and material artifacts). Students complete two of their 300-level seminars as part of their two concentrations (at least one per concentration). They may complete the third 300-level seminar within a concentration, or in any area of their choice.
Capstone or Thesis (4 credits)
The major culminates in a capstone paper (written in a 400-level capstone course taken in conjunction with a 300-level course) or a Senior Thesis (Hist 490), which is an in-depth research project built on primary sources and reflective of the historical literature on the subject. Students work closely with an individual faculty mentor and present their completed work in a public defense. For History majors the challenge of the capstone paper or Senior Thesis is one of the most memorable and satisfying aspects of their Hartwick education. The prerequisite for Hist 490 and any capstone seminar is a solid C or higher in Hist 322 Historical Methods.
Three-Year Degree Option:
For students majoring in history, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program Web site at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.