Historians study change over time. Their purview covers all aspects of human experience. History is informed by all of the social sciences and by developments in the arts and literature. The foundation requirements in this major provide students with an overview of the field, with additional courses providing more in-depth study of particular areas in both hemispheres. Courses required outside history help students to understand various interpretive approaches in order to expand their own historical insights. Students who major in history will receive extensive training in research skills and will enhance their writing abilities. The major in history helps prepare students for careers as professional historians or as high school educators. Students interested in the secondary education option should follow the requirements for History with Secondary Education Concentration. The major also offers excellent preparation for those who choose to enter the legal profession. The training that the student receives in research serves as a fine background for those who are interested in pursuing business careers. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Humanities Department.
History Major Curriculum
|HIST 103||World Civilization to 1500 AI(H)3|
|HIST 104||World Civilization since 1500||3|
|HIST 123||American Civilization I||3|
|HIST 124||American Civilization II||3|
|HIST 352||The Nature and Meaning of History||3|
|HUM 103||Invitation to the Humanities||3|
|HUM 399||Internship Seminar||1|
|HUM 400||Field Experience||4|
|HUM 419||Readings and Research||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology AI(PS)||3|
|PHIL 101 or 110||Introduction to Philosophy or Ethics||3|
|Choose two courses in Western Hemispheric history||6|
|Choose two courses in Eastern Hemispheric history AI(MC)||6|
|Art History or Music Appreciation Elective AI(A)||3|
|History Electives (200 and at least one at the 300 level)||9|
|Literature Elective (200 level)||3|
|Political Science Elective||3|
|Additional Requirements||(6-17 credits)|
|Science Electives * AI(S)||6-8|
Minimum Credits Required for Graduation - 120General Education Core Requirements and remaining Unrestricted Electives***
* The first of these two required electives meets the designated general education core requirement.
** The foreign language proficiency requirement is described in the Lasell Academic Catalog on page 23. (Students planning to pursue a graduate degree in History should be able to read fluently in at least one foreign language, which means that these students may take more than 9 credits of foreign language.)
*** Courses marked with an AI code fulfill Area of Inquiry requirements in the General Education Core.
Students who intend to go to graduate school in History should plan to take MATH 208 Introduction to Statistics.