History Requirements

History Major Requirements (38 credits):

  • One Perspectives in U.S. History
  • One Perspectives in Global History
  • HIST 322 Historical Methods
  • Two Concentrations in any of the following four areas: Europe, Latin America, United States, and Global
  • Three 300-level seminars
  • Two additional elective courses
  • 400-level Capstone or Senior Thesis

Suggested Schedule For Completing The History Major

The history major is very flexible. Students must complete their methodological courses in sequence by earning a C or better in HIST 322: Historical Methods before enrolling in a 400-level Capstone seminar or HIST 490: Senior Thesis. Otherwise, students are free to choose the areas of their Concentrations and take the courses for those Concentrations in the order that works best for them. Below are recommended schedules for completing the history major requirements:

For four-year students:

  • First Year: Both Perspectives courses and two other history courses to begin the two Concentrations.
  • Second Year: HIST 322: Historical Methods and one 300-level seminar (complete one Concentration).
  • Third Year: Two 300-level seminars and one other history course, to complete the Concentrations and the three required 300-level seminars.
  • Fourth Year: A 400-level Capstone seminar or HIST 490: Senior Thesis.

For three-year students:

  • First Year: Both Perspectives courses and two other history courses to begin the two required Concentrations. (HIST 322: Historical Methods in spring semester if recommended by your history major advisor).
  • Second Year: HIST 322: Historical Methods and two 300-level seminars, to complete the required Concentrations.
  • Third Year: One 300-level seminar and a 400-level Capstone seminar or HIST 490: Senior Thesis.

General Advice:

  • Enroll in HIST 322: Historical Methods in your second year. You must earn a C or better in HIST 322 to make progress toward completing the history major, and the skills you will develop will help you succeed in your other history courses.
  • Under ordinary circumstances, take just one 300-level seminar per semester. These seminars involve substantial reading, research, and writing.

History Senior Theses

The history department is proud of its student scholars. Each history major completes the degree with a senior thesis or capstone that involves original research with primary source documents. Students develop and defend their own arguments about a past event or subject of interest.

A sample of recent senior theses highlights the diversity of scholarship that Hartwick history majors have completed with the support of their faculty mentors:

  • Carlie E. Doggette ’17, “From Curiosity to Condemnation: Gerbert of Aurillac and Changing Views of Science in the High Middle Ages”
  • Erin Formosa ’18, “‘The Spiritual Work Is Paramount Importance’ To The Hospice Practice”
  • Christopher E. Keenan ’18, “‘Maximilian’s Mexico’: The Fall of the Second Mexican Empire”
  • Andrew Kimmel ’18, “The ‘Return’ of College Football to Hartwick College”
  • Richard Slaff, ’18 “The History of the Renaissance Man”
  • Shania Speenburgh ’19, “United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II: Bringing a Nursing Program to Hartwick College”
  • Andre Washington-Flowers ’18, “Roy Rowan’s ‘Homeless Bound’ Project”
  • Dylan M. Youngs’19, “Music in World War II: Pandering Popularity, For The People”

Concentrations in History (14-16 credits):

A concentration consists of a minimum of two courses in the same area (Europe, Latin America, United States, or Global), at least one of which must be a 300-level seminar.


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 website at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.


History Minor Requirements (20 credits):

  • One Perspectives in U. S. History (3 credits)
  • One Perspectives in Global History (3 credits)
  • HIST 322 Historical Methods (4 credits)
  • Three additional courses in history, at least one of which is a 300-level seminar (10 credits)
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