History Major: Sample 4-Year Plan

The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: History (BA or BS)

FALL - Semester 1

HIST 211: World History I
TRU 100: Truman Symposium
TRU 110: Self & Society
Perspectives class**
Foreign Language
MATH (as placed) for STEM Perspective

SPRING - Semester 2

HIST 212: World History II
HIST 313/314: U.S. History to 1877*
Perspectives class
Foreign Language
MATH for STEM Perspective if necessary

FALL - Semester 3

HIST XXX: History Major Course
Perspective class
Statistics Perspective
BS requirement course or Foreign Language (BA)
Elective

SPRING - Semester 4

HIST XXX: History Major Course
HIST XXX: History Major Course
Perspectives class
BS requirement course or Foreign Language (BA)
Elective

FALL - Semester 5

HIST XXX: History Major Course
JINS class
Perspectives class
Electives

SPRING - Semester 6

HIST 496: History Research Course
Perspectives class
Electives

FALL - Semester 7

HIST 497 (required for departmental honors)
HIST XXX: History Major Course
Perspectives class
Electives

SPRING - Semester 8

HIST 498: Capstone-Senior Seminar in History
Perspectives class
Electives to total at least 120 hours

NOTES:

  • History degree requires 40 credit hours minimum. Departmental Honors requires 42 minimum; 1 course must be HIST 497 (available every fall semester, recommended Semester 7).
  • Graduation Requirements: Total credit hrs>= 120
    (40 credit hrs @ 300-level or higher)

*History majors must take either HIST 313 or HIST 314. If both are taken, one counts as a major elective. Currently, HIST 313 is offered in the fall semester and HIST 314 is offered in the spring.

** The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts & Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

Department Chair: Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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