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Requirements for the History Degree
Within the minimum 122-semester-hour degree, 33 semester hours in history are required for the History major. Students must take at least six semester hours in each of the following three areas:
(1) United States history, (2) European history, and (3) African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern history. At least eighteen semester hours in courses at the 3000-5000 level are required for all majors, which includes a 3-hour course requirement at the 5000 level. History majors must earn a 2.00 minimum GPA in their History coursework. Courses for the major may not be taken pass/fail. All advanced courses taken for the major must be passed with a grade of C minus or better. Those who plan to continue with advanced historical study after graduation are encouraged to take an appropriate foreign language.
History 4300, Junior Seminar in Research and Writing, is required. It counts as three hours of the eighteen advanced hours required for the major but cannot be counted toward area distribution requirements for the major. NOTE: Majors are required to take the Junior Seminar during their Junior year--not before or after that time. Any exception to this rule must be cleared by both the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Departmental Chairperson.
PLEASE NOTE: 1) If History is the student’s first major, History courses may not be used by history majors to fulfill Perspectives requirements. 2) Students who elect to enroll in a GEC Cultural Formations course that is co-listed as a History course will not receive credit for the History major. Likewise, those electing to enroll in a History course that is co-listed as Cultural Formations will not receive credit for the GEC Cultural Formations group.
Undergraduates enrolled prior to summer 2012 will continue on the GEC plan. New undergraduate students and new first-year transfer students entering the university as of summer/fall 2012 will be on the NEW UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM (UC). The new UC consists of four main components:
1) Foundations; 2) Pillars; 3) Proficiencies and Experiences; 4) Capstone. Courses can count toward both a student’s major and the new UC requirements.
To promote learning based on practical experience and to expose students to some of the careers that can be pursued with a History major, the History Department encourages students to pursue approved internships as part of their degree. For details about the program, see http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/History/UndergraduateStudies/Internship and schedule a meeting a meeting with the Internship Coordinator.