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Program Chair: Bill Vitek

Program Goals
History examines human experience, confronting students with facets of human life in the past and in the present. The history major at Clarkson provides students with the opportunity to learn about lives, times, and places distant from their own, and it provides them with the tools to think about them critically, gaining a greater understanding of the complexities of their world.

Students majoring in History will:

  • Appreciate history as an interpretive discipline
  • Have a broad understanding of history
  • Demonstrate mastery of appropriate research methodologies in history by producing a capstone research paper
  • Gain expertise in using technology to explore historical problems

History majors work closely with their advisors to develop a coherent program of study. In addition to traditional courses in American History, students have the unique opportunity to develop areas of expertise generally unavailable at liberal arts colleges, by taking sets of history courses focused on Science, Technology, and Society; War Studies; and the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance World.

Through their History major at Clarkson, students will also gain the ability to:

  • Write clearly and persuasively
  • Speak effectively in a group setting
  • Think critically
  • Understand and analyze complex problems
  • Examine and interpret evidence
  • Organize and synthesize large amounts of information

Program Requirements*
120 credit hours, including:

  • 1 credit Introduction to the Liberal Arts pre-seminar
  • 9 courses in history, including:
    • 6 courses above the 200-level
    • 1 course in pre-modern history
    • 1 course in modern history
  • Humanities/Social Sciences Research Seminar
  • 5 courses in a pre-professional concentration
  • Fulfillment of the requirements of the Clarkson Common Experience

Students majoring in History are required to take a concentration of at least five courses in a pre-professional field, such as pre-law, pre-med, pre-physical therapy, business or communications and media. This concentration provides students with opportunities to increase career choices, while at the same time exploring a wide variety of interests through their major.

Finally, history majors will be encouraged to do:

  • Study Abroad. Students who study abroad are required to take at least one course in the history of their host country.
  • Historical Internships, for example, at local historical museums.

* Courses taken to fulfill requirements for a Humanities/Social Science Major can not be used to fulfill requirements for a Humanities and Social Science Minor.

History Courses
200-level courses:   HIST333 Science, Technology, and Society
HIST210 Survey of Ancient History     in the Renaissance
HIST220 American History, 1776-1877   HIST340 War in Ancient Greece
HIST221 American History, 1877-present   HIST341 War in Ancient Rome
HIST230 Science and Society   HIST343 War in the Middle Ages
HIST240 War and Society   HIST345 The Civil War
HIST241 War Literature I   HIST347 World War I in History and
HIST25 Twentieth-Century Germany     Literature
HIST291 Survey of the Medieval and   HIST349 Cold War History
  Renaissance World   HIST350 History of Nazi Germany
300-level courses:   HIST351 History of the Holocaust
HIST320 Medicine and Society in America  

HIST390-99

Special Topics in Political Science
HIST325 Sexuality and Health in American    
  History   400-level courses:  
HIST327 History of Women in America   Hu/SS480 Major Research Seminar 
HIST329 History of the American Family      
HIST330 Science, Technology, and Society  
  in the Ancient World  
HIST331 Ancient Medicine and Magic      
History Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    HIST MAJOR COURSE
3
Hu/SS/120 Introduction to Liberal Arts
1
  MA282 Statistics
3
  Common Experience Math

    Common Experience  
  Requirement

    Science Requirement
3
  (MA180 recommended)
4
    Common Experience  
  HIST MAJOR COURSE at

    Knowledge Area Course
3
  200 Level
3
    Pre-professional  
  Free Elective
3
    Concentration or  
FY100 First Year Seminar
1
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
  HIST MAJOR COURSE
3
    HIST MAJOR COURSE
3
  Common Experience
    Common Experience  
  Knowledge Area Course
3
    Knowledge Area Course
3
  Pre-professional
    Pre-professional
  Concentration
3
    Concentration
3
  Common Science
    Free Elective
3
  Requirement
4
    Free Elective
3
  Free Elective
3
     
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15
   
16
       
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
  HIST MAJOR COURSE
3
    HIST MAJOR COURSE
3
  HIST MAJOR COURSE or
    HIST MAJOR COURSE or  
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
  Common Experience
    Common Experience  
  Knowledge Area or
    Knowledge Area or
  University Course
3
    University Course
3
  Pre-professional
    Pre-professional
  Concentration
3
    Concentration
3
  Free Elective or Common
    Free Elective or Common  
  Experience Technology and
    Experience Technology and  
  Humanity Course
3
    Humanity Course
3
   
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15
     
15
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
  H/SS RESEARCH
    H/SS RESEARCH  
  SEMINAR (C2) or
    SEMINAR (C2) or
  MAJOR COURSE
3
    MAJOR COURSE
3
  Pre-professional
    Free Elective
3
  Concentration or
    Free Elective
3
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
  Knowledge Area or
    Free Elective
3
  University Course
3
     
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  Free Elective
3
     
15
  Free Elective
3
       
   
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15
       

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see Academic Requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.