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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

View this degree in the course catalog

33 credits

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
HIS-390Research Paper

History majors are required to complete HIS390 prior to enrolling in HIS-401.

 

Asia

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-340Pre-Modern Chinese History3 credits
HIS-345Modern China3 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

 

 

Europe

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-344Medieval Europe3 credits
HIS-34718th-Century Europe: Empires and Modernity3 credits
HIS-34819th--Century Europe: Revolutions and Empires3 credits
HIS-34920th--Century Europe: Conflict and Unity3 credits
HIS-351History of Science3 credits
HIS-360Britain, Empire, and World, 1639-18323 credits
HIS-361Britain, Empire, and World, 1832-20103 credits

 

 

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-383Authoritarian Governments in Latin America3 credits

 

 

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-376History of Zionism and Modern Israel3 credits

United States

Complete 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-300The United States Since 19453 credits
HIS-302History of U.S. Foreign Policy3 credits
HIS-306The American South Since 18653 credits
HIS-308The War in Vietnam& America in 1960s3 credits
HIS-307The American West3 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

View this degree in the course catalog

16 credits

Complete 3 credits from the social science list, 6 credits from two geographic distribution areas (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Mediterranean, or United States), an additional 6 credits of 300-level HIS coursework, and HIS-470 (1 credit) for a total of 16 credits of HIS coursework.

Social Science (3 credits)

Complete one of the following courses:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-200Introduction to the History of United States3 credits
HIS-210History of Modern East Asia3 credits
HIS-220History of Modern Europe3 credits
HIS-230History of Modern Latin America3 credits

History Portfolio (1 credit)

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. 

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

Geographic distribution areas

At least six credits of the 16 total for the minor should be completed from two of the following geographic areas:

Asia

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-340Pre-Modern Chinese History3 credits
HIS-345Modern China3 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

Europe

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-344Medieval Europe3 credits
HIS-34718th-Century Europe: Empires and Modernity3 credits
HIS-34819th--Century Europe: Revolutions and Empires3 credits
HIS-34920th--Century Europe: Conflict and Unity3 credits
HIS-351History of Science3 credits
HIS-360Britain, Empire, and World, 1639-18323 credits
HIS-361Britain, Empire, and World, 1832-20103 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-383Authoritarian Governments in Latin America3 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-376History of Zionism and Modern Israel3 credits

United States

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-300The United States Since 19453 credits
HIS-302History of U.S. Foreign Policy3 credits
HIS-306The American South Since 18653 credits
HIS-308The War in Vietnam& America in 1960s3 credits
HIS-307The American West3 credits

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