Major in History
The History Major at USF provides students with the opportunity to study diverse chronologies, geographies, and themes in history as well as to specialize in an aspect of history that is appealing to them. To this end, students are expected to enroll in both lower-level (2000s) and upper-level (3000s) courses. In lower-level courses, students will receive an overview of a particular historical period or theme accompanied by the critical analysis of relevant primary source materialis. In upper-level courses, students will read relevant secondary literature and/or conduct original research in a small seminar of their peers. Classes required for the History Major emphasize critical reading, persuasive writing, and the utilization of historical methodologies. These skills prepare students for a number of occupations in diverse fields: government, business, non-profit, heritage management, education, and many more. The History Department also encourages students to also take relevant electives outside of the department to supplement their required coursework.
Required Lower-Level Courses (2000 numbered)
Students must complete a minimum total of 9 hours of 2000-level courses, or their equivalent, to meet the lower level requirements of the major. Completing the lower-level requirement of the major also satisfies the common prerequisite requirements. These courses include:
- AMH 2010 American History I
- AMH 2020 American History II
- ASH 2270 Southeast Asian History
- EUH 2011 Ancient History I
- EUH 2012 Ancient History II
- EUH 2021 Byzantine Empire
- EUH 2022 The Medieval West
- EUH 2030 Modern European History I
- EUH 2031 Modern European History II
- HIS 2931 Special Topics
- LAH 2020 Latin American Civilization
- WOH 2022 Global History Since 1750
required Upper-level Courses (3000 NUMBERED)
Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of 3000- level courses, or their equivalent, to fulfill the intermediate-level requirements of the major. Students may take a maximum of three (3) sections of HIS 3938 (Major Issues in History) as part of this requirement. A complete list of acceptable upper-level courses can be found here.
other required courses
Category 1. Students must take one 3000- or 4000-level coruse that focuses on research skills, practical experiences, professional development, or historical methods. This course should be slected in consultation with the Academic Advisor, according to the student's professional and postgraduate goals. Examples of these courses include (but are not limited to):
- HIS 4104: Theory and Methods of History: This course introduces history majors to the theories, mothods, approaches, and key debates that are central to the modern historical profession. Students also develop skills in historical research, reading, writing, and oral communication. Students interested in applying to graduate programs in History, at the MA or PhD levels should consider taking either Theory and Methods of History or a second Pro-Seminar.
- HIS 4936: Pro-Seminar (a second section; one is required - see below): History majors will complete research papers in the HIS 4936 Seminar courses. Students are also encouraged to work with the Office for Undergraduate Research to participate in their annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Also, students are encouraged to attend or present research papers at conferences, such as the annual Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. Students interested in applying to graduate programs in History, at the MA or PhD levels, should consider taking either Theory and Methods of History or a second Pro-Seminar.
- 3000- or 4000-level Digital Humanities: Students interested in learning skills related to digital tools and technologies, and exploring how they are applied to different academic fields and professions, should consider taking a Digital Humanities course at the 3000- or 4000-level.
- HIS 4940: Internship in History: The USF History department encourages students to take part in internships, and offers serveral for-credit opportunities within the major. Currently, the History department has a variety of internship partners available, including museums and historical societies. Potential internship activities can include working with collections, processing archival materials, research, leading guided tours, and building exhibits. Students will work closely with the undergraduate advisor and faculty coordinator to select internship opportunities.
Category 2. HIS 4936: Pro-Seminar: History majors will complete research papers in the HIS 4936 Seminar courses. Students are also encouraged to work with the Office for Undergraduate Research to participate in their annual Undergraduae Research Symposium. Also, students are encouraged to attend or present reserach papers at conferences, such as the annual Phi Alpha Theta regional conference.
For elective hours outside of the major, it is recommended that History majors take:
- HUM 2593: Science in Cultural Context
- LIT 3410: Religious and Philosophical Themes
Additional hours can be profitably drawn from the following disciplines: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Classics, Economics, Geography, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Literature, Humanities and Cultural Studies, and Art History.
Will my AP/IB/Dual Enrollment history courses count for the major?
Yes, these will count.
Do I have to concentrate on one area of history?
NO, you may wish to concentrate on one area but it is not mandatory.
What is the Methods and Theory of History course about?
This is an analytical course that explores the differing schools of thought about how and why we study history; historiography; and research methods.
What is the Pro-Seminar course about?
These are topics offered by Professors with expertise in that field. It is an intense course in which students use their analytical skills to write a major research paper.
How do I get a permit for the Theory?
Contact the History Department Undergraduate Advisor.
How do I get a permit for the Pro-Seminar classes?
Contact the Professor of the class for permission and then inform the Advisor who will issue the permit.
James Lambert - Undergraduate Advisor
It is easiest to schedule an appointment with James through USF's Advisor Appointment Scheduler, which is accessible online for all current and incoming USF students.