Major in History 2013-2014

The History department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. The following requirements took effect beginning summer term 2009. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student. Please check with the History department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements.

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, history students must complete 42 credit hours in history courses with grades of C- (1.7) or better. Of those 42 credit hours, 24 must be fulfilled with upper-division courses.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Lower-division Requirements

Complete one of the following linked sequences of 1000-level survey courses: (6 credit hours)

(Note: The courses in your sequence do not have to be taken in chronological order.)

  • HIST 1010 (3) Western Civilization 1
  • HIS 101 (3) History of Western Civilization I

and

  • HIST 1020 (3) Western Civilization 2
  • HIS 102 (3) History of Western Civilization II

or

  • HIST 1015 (3) History of the United States to 1865
  • HIS 201 (3) U.S. History 1

and

  • HIST 1025 (3) History of the United States since 1865
  • HIS 202 (3) U.S. History II

or

  • HIST 1018 (3) Introduction to Early Latin American History to 1820 and
  • HIST 1028 (3) Introduction to Modern Latin American History since 1820

or

  • HIST 1051 (3) World of the Ancient Greeks and
  • HIST 1061 (3) The Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome

or

  • HIST 1113 (3) Introduction to British History to 1660 and
  • HIST 1123 (3) Introduction to British History since 1660
  • HIST 1218 (3) Introduction to Sub-Saharan African History to 1800 and
  • HIST 1228 (3) Introduction to Sub-Saharan African History since 1800
  • HIST 1518 (3) Introduction to South Asian History to 1757 and
  • HIST 1528 (3) Introduction to South Asian History since 1757
  • HIST 1618 (3) Introduction to Chinese History to 1644 and
  • HIST 1628 (3) Introduction to Chinese History since 1644
  • HIST 1818 (3) Introduction to Jewish History, the Bible to 1492 and
  • HIST 1828 (3) Introduction to Jewish History since 1492

NOTE: The courses in your sequence do not have to be taken in chronological order.

Complete one 1000-level survey course from each of the two geographic areas not covered by your sequence: (6 credit hours)

United States

  • HIST 1015 (3) History of the United States to 1865
  • HIS 201 (3) U.S. History 1
  • HIST 1025 (3) History of the United States since 1865
  • HIS 202 (3) U.S. History II

Europe

  • HIST 1010 (3) Western Civilization 1
  • HIS 101 (3) History of Western Civilization I
  • HIST 1020 (3) Western Civilization 2
  • HIST 1051 (3) World of the Ancient Greeks
  • HIST 1061 (3) The Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome
  • HIST 1113 (3) Introduction to British History to 1660
  • HIST 1123 (3) Introduction to British History since 1660
  • HIS 102 (3) History of Western Civilization II

World Areas

  • HIST 1018 (3) Introduction to Early Latin American History to 1820
  • HIST 1028 (3) Introduction to Modern Latin American History since 1820
  • HIST 1038 (3) Introduction to Latin American History
  • HIST 1518 (3) Introduction to South Asian History to 1757
  • HIST 1528 (3) Introduction to South Asian History since 1757
  • HIS 244 (3) History of Latin America
  • HIST 1618 (3) Introduction to Chinese History to 1644
  • HIST 1628 (3) Introduction to Chinese History since 1644
  • HIST 1708 (3) Introduction to Japanese History
  • HIST 1818 (3) Introduction to Jewish History, the Bible to 1492
  • HIST 1828 (3) Introduction to Jewish History Since 1492
  • HIS (3) 257 Introduction to Chinese History

In addition, students must also complete:

  • HIST 1800 (3) Introduction to Global History

Upper-division Requirements:

  • HIST 3020 (3) Historical Thinking and Writing
  • Complete one 4000-level United States history course (3 credit hours)
  • Complete one 4000-level European history course (3 credit hours)
  • Complete one 4000-level world areas history course (3 credit hours)
  • Complete one 4000-level comparative or global history course (3 credit hours)
  • Complete two 4000-level HIST electives (6 credit hours)
  • Complete one 3000-level Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • Note: Any additional 3000-level seminars can fulfill requirements that normally are fulfilled by 4000-level courses.

Lower- or Upper-division Electives:

Complete any other history course (3 credit hours)

Historical Period Requirement:

Included in the 42 credit hours earned to complete the History major requirements must be 6 credit hours in courses whose focus falls primarily before 1800 and 6 hours in courses whose focus falls primarily after 1800. 2000-level non-major HIST courses cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

The history department maintains a list of courses broken down by geographic areas and historical periods.

Ancillary Written Communication Requirement:

In addition to the history requirements listed above and a minimum of 42 credits in History, students must complete two writing courses with a grade of C- or better. To fulfill this requirement, students must complete one of the following lower-division written communication courses with a grade of C- or better.

Lower-division Written Communication:

  • ARSC 1080 (4) College Writing and Research
  • ARSC 1150 (3) Writing in the Arts and Sciences
  • CLAS 1020 (3) Argument from Evidence: Critical Writing About the Ancient World
  • PHIL 1500 (3) Reading, Writing, and Reasoning
  • WRTG 1100 (4) Extended First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
  • WRTG 1150 (3) First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
  • WRTG 1250 (3) Advanced First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
  • Or, any course that fulfills the upper-division written communication core requirement.

*All students majoring in History must complete at least 12 credit hours of upper-division history in courses taught by the CU-Boulder faculty. In addition, HIST 1800, HIST 3020, and the 3000-level Senior Seminar must be successfully completed on the CU-Boulder campus with a C- or better.

History courses that do not count for the major at CU

The following courses do not count for the History major, however, they may be used to fulfill lower-division general elective credit at CU Boulder.

Colorado Community College Applicable Courses CU-Boulder Equivalent Course (if any)
  • HIS 111 (3) World Civilization I
  • Lower-division elective
  • HIS 112 (3) World Civilization II
  • Lower-division elective
  • HIS 208 (3) The Native American Experience
  • Lower-division elective
  • HIS 209 (3) History of the American Southwest
  • HIST 2227 (3) History of the American Southwest
  • HIS 215 (3) Women in U.S. History
  • Lower-division elective
  • HIS 225 (3) Colorado History
  • HIST 2117 (3) History of Colorado
  • HIS 236 (3) Contemporary U.S. History
  • Lower-division elective
  • HIS 246 (3) History of Mexico
  • Lower-division elective