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Department of History
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Undergraduate Program

History majors use the study of the past to make sense of a complicated world. Developing insights into past human experiences prepares students for a wide variety of fields, including law, teaching, public history, business, government, communication, and even medicine. Professions and professional schools in today's world look for applicants who have broad interests and backgrounds and analytical and verbal skills rather than narrow field specialization. History is a flexible and broad discipline and majors learn how to think critically, evaluate evidence, and write with clarity and strength.

Bachelor of Arts with Major in History
(Minimum of 120 credits required)
In addition to other requirements as stipulated by the University and the College, the student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History will be required to take a minimum of 42 credits in history, including four 3-credit survey courses, a course in historical methods, and a senior seminar:

History of Civilization I WOH 2012 3
History of Civilization II WOH 2022 3
U.S. History to 1877 AMH 2010 3
U.S. History since 1877 AMH 2020 3
Introduction to Historical Study HIS 3150 3
Senior Seminar HIS 4935 3

History majors are required to take HIS 3150 before completing 90 credits toward graduation. HIS 3150 is also a prerequisite for HIS 4935. The remaining course work must include a minimum of 24 credits of 3000-level or above courses, including:

United States History (6 credits)
19th-Century America AMH 3192 3
20th-Century American Social History AMH 3310 3
History of American Technology AMH 3372 3
The American South AMH 3400 3
History of Florida AMH 3420 3
The American West AMH 3444 3
History of American Immigration and Ethnicity AMH 3530 3
U.S. Military History AMH 3540 3
History of U.S. Women AMH 3560 3
American Environmental History AMH 3630 3
The History of Colonial America AMH 4110 3
Revolutionary Age AMH 4133 3
The Age of Jefferson and Jackson AMH 4150 3
Civil War and Reconstruction AMH 4170 3
U.S. since 1945 AMH 4270 3
America in the 1960s AMH 4273 3
Shopping, Travel, and Leisure AMH 4291 3
American Material Culture to 1860 AMH 4302 3
American Material Culture from 1860 AMH 4303 3
Class, Gender, and Race in the American Community since 1900 AMH 4318 3
American Politics since 1750 AMH 4350 3
American Business History since 1890 AMH 4373 3
Urban History of the United States AMH 4460 3
Diplomatic History of the U.S. AMH 4512 3
The Vietnam War AMH 4544 3
Constitutional History of the U.S. AMH 4550 3
African-American History to 1877 AMH 3571 3
African-American History since 1877 AMH 3572 3
The Civil Rights Movement AMH 4575 3
American-Indian History AMH 4580 3
History of Southeastern Indians AMH 4581 3
Religion in America AMH 4620 3
Special Topics in American History AMH 4930 3

European History (6 credits)
20th-Century Europe since World War II EUH 3206 3
20th-Century Europe to World War II EUH 3343 3
History of Modern France EUH 3451 3
History of Modern Germany EUH 3462 3
History of Modern Russia EUH 3572 3
Women in European History EUH 3619 3
Medieval History EUH 4120 3
Renaissance Europe (1350-1500) EUH 4140 3
Reformation Europe (1500-1650) EUH 4144 3
Early Modern Europe (1650-1789) EUH 4200 3
Age of Nationalism and Reform EUH 4205 3
Discovery and Conquest EUH 4220 3
Age of Revolution EUH 4226 3
Nineteenth Century Europe EUH 4233 3
Rise and Fall of the Cold War EUH 4282 3
History of Greek Civilization EUH 4403 3
History of Roman Civilization EUH 4411 3
Hitler and Nazi Germany EUH 4465 3
Medieval England EUH 4500 3
Modern Britain EUH 4502 3
Tudor-Stuart England EUH 4511 3
British Empire EUH 4530 3
Special Topics in European History EUH 4930 3

Latin American History (a minimum of 3 credits)
Colonial Latin American History LAH 3100 3
Latin American Independence LAH 3331 3
Latin American Independence LAH 3130 3
Modern Latin American History LAH 3200 3
Women in Latin American History LAH 3721 3
History of Mexico LAH 4430 3
History of the Caribbean LAH 4470 3
History of Cuba LAH 4480 3
History of Brazil LAH 4600 3
Special Topics in Latin American History LAH 4930

Non-Western History (a minimum of 3 credits)
Islamic History ASH 3222 3
Modern Middle East ASH 3223 3
Peoples of the Middle East ASH 3230 3
The Ottoman Empire ASH 3233 3
History of East Asia ASH 3300 3
Women in Asian History ASH 3384 3
History of the Mongol Empire ASH 4110 3
The Crusades ASH 4210 3
History of Modern China ASH 4404 3
History of Modern Japan ASH 4442 3
History of Modern India ASH 4550 3
Indian Civilization ASH 4560 3
History of Eastern Ideas ASH 4600 3
Islamic Intellectual History ASH 4624 3
Special Topics in Asian History ASH 4930 3

History Electives (6 credits; may be taken from the above courses, or may include the following)
Topics in Historical Investigation HIS 2934 3
Women's History in the Developing World HIS 3312 3
History of Christianity to 1500 HIS 3432 3
History of Christianity since 1500 HIS 3434 3
The Nuclear Age HIS 3483 3
Introduction to Public History HIS 4065 3
Historic Preservation: Saving America's Built Environment HIS 4086 3
Birth of Aviation in Twentieth Century HIS 4322 3
History of Western Ideas HIS 4345 3
Religion in the Atlantic World HIS 4436 3
Comparative Slavery HIS 4451 3
Directed Independent Study HIS 4906 3
Internship in Public History HIS 4944 1-3
Senior Thesis in History HIS 4970 3
The Holocaust JST 4701 3
World War II WOH 4244 3
Revolution and Resistance in the Atlantic World WOH 4272 3

Transfer students planning on a History major are expected to have completed two years of survey-level
history courses in U.S. history and world or Western civilization before entering FAU. Otherwise they must take AMH 2010/2020 and/or WOH 2012/2022 in addition to 30 credits of upper-division work. No grade below "C" in a history course will count as fulfilling requirements for the major, and no history course may be taken under a pass/fail option.

Concentrations within the History Major
Students interested in pursuing more specialized study in the areas of religious history or British history may wish to complete one of the concentrations below. Students still fulfill all requirements for the History major as stipulated above, but to complete a concentration, they need to include the following courses in their program.

Concentration in Religious History
Choose at least 15 credits from the following list, with at least one course taken in all four areas: U.S., Asian, Judaic, and European history.

Religion in America AMH 4620 3
Islamic History ASH 3222 3
Indian Civilization ASH 4560 3
History of Eastern Ideas ASH 4600 3
Reformation Europe (1500-1650) EUH 4144 3
History of Christianity to 1500 HIS 3432 3
History of Christianity since 1500 HIS 3434 3
History of Anti-Semitism JST 3408 3
Ancient Israel JST 4424 3
American-Jewish History (1492-1990)* JST 4415 3
History of Hasidism* JST 4464 3
Any Senior Seminar, Special Topics, or 5000-level History graduate course in religious history

* Courses in Judaic Studies (JST) do not count toward the requirements for the History major, but may be part of the required College electives for the B.A. degree.

Concentration in British History
Students must take the three core courses below and choose two from the list of elective courses.
Core Courses
Medieval England EUH 4500 3
Modern Britain EUH 4502 3
Tudor-Stuart England EUH 4511 3
Elective Courses
Colonial America AMH 4110 3
History of Modern India ASH 4550 3
British Empire EUH 4530 3
Any Senior Seminar, Special Topics, or 5000-level graduate course in British history

Honors in History
To be eligible for the Honors track in History, students must have completed between 60 and 90 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and a GPA in history courses of at least 3.5. Such students will receive the designation "Honors in History" at the time of graduation, upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  1. Fulfillment of all normal field distribution requirements for the History major.
  2. Completion, with a grade of "B" or higher, of one Senior Seminar (HIS 4935) and 3 credits of Senior Thesis (HIS 4970).
  3. Achievement of an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in all history courses at the time of graduation.

Students in the Honors Track in History who complete all requirements, but who do not meet the GPA
requirements for honors at the time of graduation, will receive credit for all work completed, but will not be
certified as having received honors. Students interested in the Honors Track in History should contact the chair of the Department of History.

The History Minor
Effective date beginning fall semester, 2008

Students majoring in any discipline other than History are eligible to complete a minor in History. The minor allows students to tailor one’s courses to a particular area of history or select a broad assortment of course in different areas.

The minor in History requires completion of 18 credits in history courses, at least 15 of which must be at the upper-division in 2 out of 5 geographical areas (U.S., Europe, Africa, Latin America, Non-Western).

A minimum of two-thirds of the credits required for the minor must be taken at Florida Atlantic University.

Students interested in a minor in History should contact the chair of the History Department.

Course requirements for the History minor

Track one: “1 plus five” (1 lower division course, plus 5 upper division courses):

Take one of the following (3cr)
History of Civ I—WOH 2012          _____________
History of Civ II—WOH 2022         _____________
U.S. to 1877—AMH 2010              _____________
U.S. since 1877-AMH 2020           _____________

Plus five (15 hrs) 3000 or 4000 level courses, in 2 out of 5 geographical areas (U.S., Europe, African, Latin, Non-Western)

AMH                ____________      ____________     ____________     ____________
EUH                  ____________      ____________     ____________     ____________    
LAH                 ____________      ____________     ____________     ____________    
Non-Western   ____________     ____________     ____________      ____________    

Or

Track two “take six”
Take six upper division courses (
18 hrs at the 3000 or 4000 level), in ­ 2 out of 5 geographical areas (U.S., Europe, African, Latin American, Non-Western)

AMH                 ____________      ____________     ____________     ____________
EUH                    ____________      ____________     ____________     ____________  
LAH                  ____________      ____________     ____________     ____________    
Non-Western    _____________   ____________     ____________      ____________    

Secondary Teacher Certification
A program leading to teacher certification in social studies is available through the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education.

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