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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: Milwaukee and Chicago (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 20th Century Diplomatic History (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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