For students who entered fall 2020 and beyond.
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 (39 credits minimum; 54 credits maximum)
Completion of 6 credits (2 courses above the 1000 level) from each of the following three groups:
Recommendations for the Major
Students are encouraged to take Introduction to Historical Methods (HIST.2980) in their sophomore year so that they can apply the skills acquired in this class to future 3000 and 4000 level courses, and to take the Research Seminar (HIST.4320) in their senior year.
Students interested in studying abroad are recommended to do so in their junior year so that any research done while away from UMass Lowell can be used while taking the Research Seminar in their senior year.
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 College of Education (COE) 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 COE 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. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. 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. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. 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:
Last updated: 9/16/2020