Majors and Minors

The history major consists of a combination of 100-, 200-, and 300-level courses and a 400-level capstone seminar. Because the 100-level courses are survey courses, they provide our majors and minors with a broad base of knowledge in a relatively long period of history and in a large geographic area. They also learn basic critical thinking skills and close reading of primary source materials and secondary texts.

Likewise, the 200-level courses are survey courses, but they are somewhat more narrowly defined and require more in-depth reading and writing assignments than the 100-level courses. Basic critical thinking skills and close reading of primary source materials and secondary texts are reinforced at this level, and students begin to acquire a few more skills in historical research, evaluating historical evidence, and crafting arguments in support of or against particular interpretations of historical events.

The 300-level history courses focus on a specific historical period or event or a particular methodological approach to doing history. In terms of skill development, these courses ask students not only to employ evidence in support of historical interpretations but also to think critically about the relationship between varying types of evidence, to engage in prevalent debates within fields of historical scholarship, and to evaluate historical questions themselves for their utility and manageability.

In the 400-level capstone seminar, students employ the knowledge they have acquired throughout their course of studies and the skills necessary to the discipline of History to research, write, and present a significant research project of their own. The 400-level capstone seminar is required for the history major but is optional for the history minor.

Student learning outcomes for the History major:

Knowledge. Students who graduate with a history major will have acquired:

  1. Knowledge of major persons and events in their historical and geographical contexts.
  2. Working knowledge of the discipline of history and a deeper understanding of what historians do and why history matters.
  3. Knowledge about how human agency and contingency, patterns of continuity and change, and the interaction/interrelationships of cultures affect our understanding of history.

Skills. Students who graduate with a history major will be able to:

  1. Conduct basic library research.
  2. Utilize appropriate historical methodologies to investigate a historical question.
  3. Employ sound analytical and critical thinking skills in the investigation and interpretation of primary and secondary source materials.
  4. Formulate a thesis, craft an argument, and support it with evidence.
  5. Express themselves in clear and coherent written and oral presentations

Dispositions. Students who graduate with a history major will demonstrate:

  1. Appreciation of the value of historical methods of inquiry.
  2. Commitment to the ethical standards of the profession.
  3. Greater awareness of the commonalities and differences of human experience.
  4. Appreciation of the importance of allowing people of the past to speak with their own voices.

Major in History

Forty-four credits (11 courses) complete the major, no more than twelve credits (3 courses) of which may be at the 100-level and at least sixteen credits (4 courses) of which must be numbered HIST 300 or above.

History - Major Field Guide

Transfer students: At least twenty-four (24) of the total credits needed for the history major must be taken at the University of St. Thomas or in a St. Thomas approved study abroad program. 200- and 300-level transfer courses require the approval of the department chair in order to be counted toward the major. The capstone seminar (HIST 463, 464, or 465) must be taken at St. Thomas.

1. Select 8 credits from two of the following areas:

Four credits of World History:

  • HIST 111 Origins of the Modern World to 1550 (4 credits)
  • HIST 112 The History of the Modern World since 1550 (4 credits)
  • HIST 115 The World Since 1900 (4 credits)

Four credits of American History:

  • HIST 113 Early America in Global Perspective (4 credits)
  • HIST 114 The Modern U.S. in Global Perspective (4 credits)
  • HIST 116 African American History in Global Perspective (4 credits)

Four credits of non-Western History:

  • HIST 118 The Middle East and North Africa in Global Perspective (4 credits)
  • HIST 119 East Asian Civilizations in Global Perspective (4 credits)

No more than three 100-level History courses may be applied to the major.

2. Select at least four credits from each of the following areas:

Ancient and Medieval World:

  • HIST 203 Ancient Egypt and the Near East (4 credits)
  • HIST 205 The Ancient Greek World (4 credits)
  • HIST 208 History of the Roman World (4 credits)
  • HIST 310 The Making of Europe: Middle Ages to 1000 (4 credits)
  • HIST 311 The Dawn of a New Era: Europe from 1000 to 1450 (4 credits)
  • HIST 386 Historical Archaeology (4 credits)

Europe since 1450:

  • HIST 222 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1750 (4 credits)
  • HIST 223 Survey of Irish History: Celtic Ireland to 1972 (4 credits)
  • HIST 225 The Making of Modern Europe, 1750 to 1914 (4 credits)
  • HIST 226 Modern Europe since 1914 (4 credits)
  • HIST 322 Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1485-1714 (4 credits)
  • HIST 324 Britain Since 1815 (4 credits)
  • HIST 328 The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era (4 credits)
  • HIST 333 East-Central Europe: From Monarchy to the European Union (4 credits)

The Americas and Their Colonial Antecedents:

  • HIST 210 Modern Latin America, 1800 to the Present (4 credits)
  • HIST 262 American Colonial History (4 credits)
  • HIST 266 Minnesota History (4 credits)
  • HIST 268 History of Women in the United States (4 credits)
  • HIST 353 History of the American Revolution (4 credits)
  • HIST 355 The Civil War Era (4 credits)
  • HIST 358 Twentieth-Century United States (4 credits)
  • HIST 365 U.S. Constitutional History (4 credits)
  • HIST 366 History of the American Catholic Church (4 credits)
  • HIST 371 History of U.S. Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  • HIST 372 Vietnam and the United States (4 credits)

The Non-Western World:

  • HIST 240 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (4 credits)
  • HIST 241 The History of Modern China (4 credits)
  • HIST 244 Modern East Asia (4 credits)
  • HIST 253 Cities of the Middle East (4 credits)
  • HIST 348 Japan: History Through Literature (4 credits)
  • HIST 349 History of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1922) (4 credits)

At least twelve credits (3 courses) must be numbered HIST 300 or above.

3. Plus four credits from among the following:

  • HIST 463 Capstone Seminar in European History (4 credits)
  • HIST 464 Capstone Seminar in Non-Western History (4 credits)
  • HIST 465 Capstone Seminar in History of the Americas (4 credits)

 

Minor in History

Twenty credits (5 courses) in history, no more than eight credits (2 courses) of which may be at the HIST 100-level and at least four credits (1 course) of which must be numbered HIST 300 or above. Selection of the specific courses to fulfill the requirements should be done in consultation with a member of the department faculty.

Transfer students: At least twelve credits (3 courses) of the total needed for the history minor must be taken at the University of St. Thomas or in a St. Thomas approved study abroad program. 200- and 300-level transfer courses require the approval of the department chair in order to be counted toward the minor.

 

Teacher Licensure

Co-Major in Social Studies (5-12) with a specialization in History

Note:
 A Co-major cannot be a stand-alone major.  It must be paired with an Education major.

Blocks 1, 2, 3 and 4 as described in the academic catalog 

Plus Block 3 curriculum and instruction special methods course and field experience III:

  • EDUC 319 Curriculum and Instruction for Social Studies (5-12) (4 credits)
  • EDUC 346 Field Experience III: Social Studies (0 credit)

Plus:

  • ENVR 151 Humans and the Environment (4 credits)
  • POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective (4 credits)
  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 301 Cultural Anthropology (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • ECON 211 Current Economic Issues (4 credits)
  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • HIST 111 Origins of the Modern World to 1550 (4 credits)
  • HIST 112 The Modern World Since 1550 (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • HIST 113 Early America in Global Perspective (4 credits)
  • HIST 114 The Modern U.S. in Global Perspective (4 credits

Plus four credits from the following:

  • HIST 210 Modern Latin America, 1800 to the Present (4 credits)
  • HIST 240 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (4 credits)
  • HIST 241 The History of Modern China (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • GEOG 111 Human Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Twenty-four additional credits in history. Choice of these courses is subject to the approval of the department involved.

To complete a history major in one of the Social Science disciplines, contact the chair of the department.