History Major

Simpson alum and host of Market to Market, Mike Pearson

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Mike Pearson ’10

I would say going to Simpson helped me a lot. The things you learn as a history major is how to ask questions and how to interpret things. It certainly helped me in that regard. More…

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What are the required courses for a History major?

Livingstone ClassSimpson College history majors will graduate with a critical understanding of the essential features of the western tradition, a discriminating knowledge of cultures different than their own, and the communication and thinking skills necessary for both a career and full participation as citizens.

As a History major, students will complete a program of 10 courses plus a Senior capstone.

If you declare as a History major starting in academic year 2015-2016, the requirements are as follows:

100 Levels (Two Courses)   

Take any two of the 100-level History courses offered by the department.

200 Levels  (Four courses)

HIST 285 - Thinking Historically  (this course should be taken in the sophomore year)

and

Take one 200-level course from EACH of the following areas:

Developing World 

U.S. History 

European History 

300-level Electives (Four courses)

One course at the 300-level in U.S. History 

Once course at the 300-level in European History  

Two additional 300-level courses.

Senior Capstone

          Hist 385 Interpretations of History and Historiography

If you declare as a History major before the end of academic year 2014-2015, the requirements are as follows:

Western Traditions (Two courses)

Choose one of the following courses: Hist 101 Western Civilization I; Hist 111 Western Civilization I (RTTP); Hum 101 Western Traditions I

Choose one of the following courses: Hist 102 Western Cvilization II; Hist 112 Western Civilization II (RTTP); Hum 102 Western Traditions II

200 Level Survey Electives  (Four courses)

Developing World (One course required) 

U.S. History (One course required) 

European History (One course required) 

One additional elective chosen from the three groups above.

300-level Electives (Four courses)

U.S. History (One course required) 

European History (One course required) 

Integrative (One course required) 

Choose from: Hist 319 Public History Internship; Hist 369 Historical Simulation Design; Hist 386 Senior Research Seminar

One additional elective chosen from the three groups above.

Senior Capstone

          Hist 385 Interpretations of History and Historiography