History

History Major Requirements

Required Courses

43.105 Western Civilization


43.106 The Modern World OR 43.108 World Civilization II
43.111
U.S. History to 1877
OR
43.112
US History since 1877
43.298
Historical Methods



Historical Methods should be taken in the sophomore year, and no later than first semester of the Junior year.

History majors should plan to complete the relevant survey courses before they take courses at the 300 level or above

Additional Course Requirements for the Major

Completion of 6 credits (2 courses) from each of the following three groups:

US History

Any department course that deals principally with the history of the United States.

European History

Any department course that deals principally with the history of Europe (including Russia) or the Greco-Roman world.

Global, Comparative, and Under-represented populations

Any department course that deals principally with geographical regions outside the U.S. or Europe; this includes courses in transnational and comparative history, as well as courses that deal with people often under-represented in historical narratives (e.g., women’s history, Native American history, children’s history).

Two Elective courses

Any two department courses at the 200-level or above.

Note that five (5) of a student’s History courses must be at the 300-level or above.

Students should check with the Department Chair/Advisor for recent additions to these requirements.

Recommendations

Students who anticipate entering the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at UMass Lowell should complete the maximum of 45 credits in History, including both halves of the US History survey. Such students are also encouraged to enroll in the FastTrack program at the GSE during the fall and spring of the Senior year, and thus to apply to it in the spring of the Junior year. Students are further encouraged to gain experience in primary source research and the composition of an independent research paper/project; this can be obtained through a Directed Study, a Research Seminar, a Special Topics course, a graduate-level course, or selected 300- and 400-level courses.

Students who anticipate entering a graduate or professional program other than the GSE should plan to complete 45 credits (unless they are earning a second major); such students are further encouraged to gain experience in primary source research and the composition of an independent research paper/project; this can be obtained through a Directed Study, a Research Seminar, a Special Topics course, a graduate-level course, or selected 300- and 400-level courses).

Students transferring to the College who wish to major in History must make individual arrangements with the Department Chair and/or Transfer Coordinator regarding satisfaction of major requirements.

Languages: History majors are currently required to achieve proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of study. This requirement can be met in a number of different ways; students should consult their academic advisor. This requirement is also likely to change in Fall 2015 in line with University policy.

View the complete Degree Pathway.

Students can also consult iSiS or their faculty advisor in the History Department for further advice on how to satisfy degree requirements.

For more information visit the History Department or contact us.