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Overview

To study history is to reflect upon human condition in all dimensions, from the greatest achievement to the darkest nights.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Graduate with a knowledge of historical methodology and research.
  • Put history to the question by evaluating evidence and analyzing the interrelationships between people, ideas, and events.
  • Understand that at the C of I, history isn't contained simply within the pages of a textbook.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
History Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Social Sciences & History

Courses and Requirements

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33-36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-270Writing History3 credits
 
HIS-401Seminar in Historical Methods3 credits
or
HIS-480Senior Thesis: historiography2 credits
and
HIS-481Senior Honors Thesis: monograph4 credits

History majors are required to complete at least one research paper in a designated Research Intensive course prior to enrolling in HIS-401.

Asia

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-338Modern India3 credits
HIS-340Pre-Modern Chinese History3 credits
HIS-345Modern China3 credits
HIS-354History of Southeast Asia3 credits
HIS-357Popular Culture in Modern Chinese History3 credits
HIS-358People's Republic of China3 credits
HIS-359Pre-Modern Japan3 credits
HIS-384Modern Japan3 credits
HIS-399TSpecial Topics in History1-3 credits

Research Intensive courses include: HIS-340, HIS-345, HIS-358, HIS-359, and HIS-384

HIS-399T: Environmental History of East Asia

Europe

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-314Tudor and Stuart England3 credits
HIS-344Medieval Europe3 credits
HIS-346Reformation of the 16th Century3 credits
HIS-352England to 16883 credits
HIS-360Britain, Empire, and World, 1639-18323 credits
HIS-361Britain, Empire, and World, 1832-20103 credits
HIS-369Jews in the Age of the Renaissance3 credits
HIS-370Jewish History From the Diaspora to 19483 credits
HIS-374Women and Gender in Jewish Societies Ages3 credits
HIS-375From Moses to Jon Stewart: Classic-Heretical Jewish Voices3 credits

Research Intensive courses include: HIS-314, HIS-335, HIS-336, HIS-346, HIS-352, HIS-360, HIS-361, HIS-369, HIS-372, HIS-374

Latin America

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-380Colonial Latin America3 credits
HIS-382Revolutionary Mexico3 credits
HIS-385Conquest and Encounters3 credits
HIS-386Religions in Latin American3 credits
HIS-387Cuba3 credits
HIS-388Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Latin America3 credits
HIS-389Latin American-U.S. Relations3 credits

Research Intensive courses include: HIS-382, HIS-385, HIS-387, HIS-389 

Mediterranean

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-328Mythology: Classical History and Archaeology3 credits
HIS-331Ancient Greece3 credits
HIS-332Ancient Rome3 credits
HIS-364The Life of Jesus: History and Archaeology3 credits
HIS-367The History of Jewish Art3 credits
HIS-376History of Zionism and Modern Israel3 credits

Research Intensive courses include: HIS-328, HIS-331, HIS-332, HIS-364, HIS-367, HIS-376

United States

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-300The United States Since 19453 credits
HIS-301History of American Ideas3 credits
HIS-302History of U.S. Foreign Policy3 credits
HIS-304The American Westward Movement3 credits
HIS-306The American South Since 18653 credits

History Electives

Complete 12 additional credits according to student interest.

Students accepted for Senior Honors (HIS-480 and HIS-481) must complete only 9 additional elective credits.

All history majors are strongly advised to study at least one foreign language. Knowledge of at least two foreign languages, including French or Spanish and area-specific languages depending on region of interest, are especially important for students who plan to attend graduate school in history.

History majors intending to apply for teaching certification in history as a first teaching field in the State of Idaho must include HIS-200 Introduction to US History and one other 300-level US History course in their major coursework. They may also want to include POE-100 Essentials of American Government or an equivalent POE course dealing with American Government in their overall college curriculum. For more specific detail on the courses necessary to achieve certification in history as a first teaching field students should consult the Education Department. 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
History Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Social Sciences & History

Courses and Requirements

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16 credits

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-470History Portfolio1 credits

HIS-470: Students will enroll in HIS-470 in their final semester before graduation. The first Friday after mid-semester break, students will submit a portfolio of relevant work completed, such as exams and papers. In 1000 to 1500 words, students will complete an assessment of the most important academic lessons learned and skills acquired during their course of study. The evaluation must also provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the minor. The portfolio is required for completion of the minor and will be graded Pass/Fail. 

Complete 15 credits of HIS to include:

6 credits of upper-division (300- or 400-level) coursework

1 course from each of 2 of the distribution categories below (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Mediterranean, or United States)

Asia

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-338Modern India3 credits
HIS-340Pre-Modern Chinese History3 credits
HIS-345Modern China3 credits
HIS-354History of Southeast Asia3 credits
HIS-357Popular Culture in Modern Chinese History3 credits
HIS-358People's Republic of China3 credits
HIS-359Pre-Modern Japan3 credits
HIS-384Modern Japan3 credits
HIS-399TSpecial Topics in History1-3 credits

HIS-399T: Environmental History of East Asia

Europe

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-314Tudor and Stuart England3 credits
HIS-331Ancient Greece3 credits
HIS-332Ancient Rome3 credits
HIS-344Medieval Europe3 credits
HIS-346Reformation of the 16th Century3 credits
HIS-352England to 16883 credits
HIS-360Britain, Empire, and World, 1639-18323 credits
HIS-361Britain, Empire, and World, 1832-20103 credits
HIS-370Jewish History From the Diaspora to 19483 credits
HIS-372Jewish-Christian Relations Through the Ages3 credits
HIS-374Women and Gender in Jewish Societies Ages3 credits

Latin America

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-380Colonial Latin America3 credits
HIS-382Revolutionary Mexico3 credits
HIS-385Conquest and Encounters3 credits
HIS-386Religions in Latin American3 credits
HIS-387Cuba3 credits
HIS-388Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Latin America3 credits
HIS-389Latin American-U.S. Relations3 credits

Mediterranean

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-328Mythology: Classical History and Archaeology3 credits
HIS-331Ancient Greece3 credits
HIS-332Ancient Rome3 credits
HIS-364The Life of Jesus: History and Archaeology3 credits
HIS-367The History of Jewish Art3 credits
HIS-376History of Zionism and Modern Israel3 credits

United States

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-300The United States Since 19453 credits
HIS-301History of American Ideas3 credits
HIS-302History of U.S. Foreign Policy3 credits
HIS-304The American Westward Movement3 credits
HIS-306The American South Since 18653 credits

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