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Major / Minor Requirements

Carthage offers a major and minor in history.

The study of history provides the necessary background for a sound understanding of the modern world. Because history is an interdisciplinary enterprise, the history faculty must draw upon both the liberal arts and social sciences to present an accurate and complete view of the human experience.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

History Major

A major concentration includes 10 courses in the History Department. These must include:

  • HIS 1000  Issues in American History (4 credits)
  • HIS 2200  Historical Methods (4 credits)
  • HIS 3990  Historiography (4 credits)
  • HIS 4000  Senior Seminar (4 credits)


  • One course in American history
  • One course in ancient or European history prior to 1600
  • One course in European history after 1600
  • One course in Asian history
  • One course in Latin America history
  • One additional elective

History Minor

A minor, including the teaching minor, consists of six courses. These must include:

  • HIS 1000  Issues in American History (4 credits)


  • An additional American history course
  • One course in ancient or European history prior to 1600
  • One course in European history after 1600
  • One course in Asian history or the history of Latin America
  • Historical Methods or Historiography or Senior Seminar

Courses List


  • HIS 1110  Issues in European History I (4 credits)
  • HIS 1120  Issues in European History II (4 credits)
  • HIS 2150  Modern Britain (4 credits)
  • HIS 2250  20th Century Europe (4 credits)
  • HIS 2310  The Greeks (4 credits)
  • HIS 2350  The Romans (4 credits)
  • HIS 2500  Early Medieval History (4 credits)
  • HIS 2550  Later Medieval Europe (4 credits)
  • HIS 3100  The Age of Augustus (4 credits)
  • HIS 3270  Seminar in Medieval Studies (4 credits)


  • HIS 1200  Issues in Asian History (4 credits)
  • HIS 3400  Modern China (4 credits)
  • HIS 3410  Modern India (4 credits)
  • HIS 3450  Modern Japan (4 credits)

Latin America:

  • HIS 1410  Issues in South America: Dictatorship and Democracy (4 credits)
  • HIS 2140  Modern Caribbean: From Pirates to the Cuban Missile Crisis (4 credits)
  • HIS 3040  Modern Central America: Inevitable Revolutions (4 credits)
  • HIS 3050  History of Mexico (4 credits)

United States:

  • HIS 1000  Issues in American History (4 credits)
  • HIS 2620  America in the 1960s (4 credits)
  • HIS 2850  Comparative History: Chicago and Milwaukee (4 credits)
  • HIS 2890  19th Century American History (4 credits)
  • HIS 2900  20th Century U.S. History (4 credits)
  • HIS 3000  The American Founding (4 credits)
  • HIS 3150  International Relations (4 credits)

Research Courses:

  • HIS 200T  Topics in History (4 credits)
  • HIS 2200  Historical Methods (4 credits)
  • HIS 3990  Historiography (4 credits)
  • HIS 4000  Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Honors in the Major

Please see department chair for details. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the College Catalog.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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