Sample Degree Pathway for History

For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/
HONR.1100
College Writing I/HONR.1100 (CW)
3
HIST.1050 Western Civilization to 1715 (DCA)
3
MATH.xxxx MATH.1110 (QL) recommended (MATH)
3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 Culture
3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS)
3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW)
3
HIST.1080 World Civilization II 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL)
3/4
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 Culture
3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
HIST.xxxx U.S. History Survey 3
HIST.xxxx European History Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL)
3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 Culture or World Ready Elective1
3
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
HIST.xxxx U.S. History Elective 3
HIST.xxxx European History Elective 3
HIST.2980 Historical Methods (IL), (SRE)
3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM)
3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 Culture or World Ready Elective1
3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
HIST.xxxx U.S. History Elective 3
HIST.xxxx Global Comparative 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH)
3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective1 or Free Elective
3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
HIST.xxxx Global Comparative 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
HIST.4320 Research Seminar (WOC), (CTPS), (AIL) 3
HIST.xxxx History Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx History or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
HIST.xxxx History or Free Elective 3
HIST.xxxx History or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Course Requirements for the Major

  • HIST.1050 Western Civilization
  • HIST.1060/1080 The Modern World / World Civilization II
  • HIST.1110/HIST.1120 US History to 1877 / US History since 1877
  • HIST.2980 Historical Methods

Completion of 6 credits (2 courses above the 100 level) from each of the following three groups:

  • U.S. 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]). Students entering the University in Fall 2017 or later must take one course in Global/Comparative; and one course in either Global/Comparative or under-represented populations.

Recommendations for the Major

Students are encouraged to take the required Historical Methods course in their sophomore years so that they can apply the skills acquired in this class to future 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Students interested in studying abroad are recommended to do so in their junior years so that any research done while away from UMass Lowell can be used while taking the 4320 research seminar in their senior years.

Students who anticipate entering the History department MA program at UMass Lowell are encouraged 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 3000- and 4000-level courses. Such students are also encouraged to enroll in the FastTrack program in the department during the fall and spring of the Senior year, and thus to apply to it in the spring of the Junior year.

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.

Course Requirements for the Degree

Breadth of Knowledge

The UMass Lowell Core includes requirements designed to familiarize students with multiple perspectives regarding diverse areas of knowledge and modes of inquiry outside of their major discipline. Students gain insights into these perspectives by taking courses outside of their major discipline. No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements. See Breadth of Knowledge for more information.

Essential Learning Outcomes

The UMass Lowell Core also requires students to complete seven Essential Learning Outcomes which are designed to provide students with opportunities to practice these essential intellectual skills in a way that is tailored for and relevant to each major. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Essential Learning Outcomes requirements. See Essential Learning Outcomes for more information.

Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) is fulfilled for History majors by taking HIST.1050, HIST.1080, HIST.1110 or HIST.1120, which are also required classes for the major. Additional History classes approved for the DCA requirement are done according to the discretion of individual professors.

Information Literacy (IL) is fulfilled for History majors by taking HIST.2980, which is also a required class for the major.

Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE) is fulfilled for History majors by taking HIST.2980, which is also a required class for the major.

Written and Oral Communication (WOC) is fulfilled for History majors by taking the HIST.4320 research seminar.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS) is fulfilled for History majors by taking the HIST.4320 research seminar.

Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL) is fulfilled for History majors by taking the HIST.4320 research seminar.

Quantitative Literacy (QL) is fulfilled outside the History major. See QL course listing for a list of classes which fulfill this requirement. The department recommends that all majors take Math.1110 which fulfills both the Math Breadth of Knowledge requirement and the Quantitative Literacy ELO.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their advisement report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 10/25/2017