All students must complete 36 credits within the major. Required courses include two 100-level courses and at least nine courses at the 200 and 300 levels, three of which must be at the 300 level.

To graduate as history majors, seniors, during their final year, must submit a portfolio of selected work in history or write a senior thesis under the supervision of faculty from the History Department. The portfolio will carry one academic credit. The portfolio or the senior thesis will constitute one measure for awarding departmental honors. Honors will be awarded to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and whose performance has been consistently outstanding during their studies at Goucher College.

Writing proficiency in the major can be fulfilled by obtaining a minimum grade of B- in any 300-level seminar.

Majors must elect at least one course in each of three areas of history-American, European, and non-western (including Latin American, African, Asian, and Middle Eastern) -and are encouraged to choose from the following:

American History

  • HIS 110
  • HIS 111
  • HIS 260
  • HIS 265
  • HIS 277
  • HIS 338

European History

  • HIS 116
  • HIS 117
  • HIS 215 or 220
  • HIS 222
  • HIS 224
  • HIS 338

Non-Western History

  • HIS 113
  • HIS 203
  • HIS 204
  • HIS 205
  • HIS 238
  • HIS 268
  • HIS 282
  • HIS 287
  • HIS 288

Electives that also count toward the history major include:

  • JS 220
  • JS 230
  • JS 252
  • JS 253
  • JS 257

Concentrations

Concentration in Prelaw Studies

Students interested in pursuing a legal career are encouraged to complete the prelaw concentration in conjunction with the requirements of the major. The prelaw concentration is an 18- to 21-credit program designed to broaden a student's academic experience in preparation for law school. The prelaw concentration requires students to take courses outside of their major to expose them to methodologies and critical approaches not inherent to their own discipline but necessary for academic success in law school. A complete description of the prelaw concentration can be found under Prelaw Studies

Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in History or Social Studies

Majors in history are eligible to receive certification in secondary education in history or social studies. For details, see the description under the Education Department.

Honors in the Major

Honors will be awarded to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and whose performance has been consistently outstanding during their studies at Goucher College.