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History Major Requirements

Requirements for the Major in History (40 credits):

Students majoring in history complete a program of study with an emphasis on "doing history." There are five basic requirements all majors must meet, although the major is flexible so that it can meet the needs and interests of the individual student. Below are the requirements for students entering the program as of Fall 2014. For current students who began the history major before Fall 2014, the old requirements for the major can be found here.

  • One Perspectives in U.S. History course (3 credits)
  • One Perspectives in Global History course (3 credits)
  • 322 Historical Methods (4 credits)
  • 400-level Capstone or Senior Thesis (4 credits)
  • Three Concentrations from the following four areas: Europe, Latin America, U.S., and Global. (21-24 credits)
  • Five 300-level seminars (20 credits)

HIST 322: Historical Methods (4credits)

  • Students need a solid C or higher to continue in the major
  • Normally taken in the second year.
  • Orients the student to the fundamental skills of historical research, while working with primary and secondary source materials in the archives, on-line, and in print.
  • The skills acquired in this course provide the student with the methodological foundation needed to conduct research in any course that involves historical analysis.

Perspectives in U.S. History One Course (3 credits)
Perspectives in Global History One Course (3 credits)

  • In addition to the methodological core of the major, students build their understanding from a required introductory survey in American and in Global histories.
  • These surveys approach the broad scope of their subject from the perspective of a particular critical lens to provide an analytical focus.


Concentrations (21-24 credits)

  • From this base of methodological and survey courses, students deepen their knowledge in three of the following areas of history: United States, Latin American, European, or Global history.
  • A Concentration consists of two courses in the same area, at least one of which must be a 300-level seminar. 
  • A Concentration may consist of two 300-level seminars.

300-level seminars (20 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.
  • The 300-level seminars emphasize "doing history" and require students to engage in active discussion of recent and influential scholarship on specific topics, as well as hands-on research with primary source evidence from the past, whether written, oral, or material. 
  • Three 300-level seminars (12 credits) are completed as part of a student's three Concentrations.
  • The remaining two 300-level seminars (8 credits) may be taken in any area.

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.

History Courses
History Minor Requirements

Suggested Schedule for Completing History Major Requirements