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B.S. in History

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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, Medicine, 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 at the 300-level or above
    • 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 Study Abroad. Students who study abroad are required to take at least one course in the history of their host country.
  • Do Historical Internships, for example, at local historical museums.

* Courses taken to fulfill requirements for a Humanities/Social Sciences Major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for a Humanities and Social Sciences Minor.

History Courses
200-level courses:   HIST342 War and Gender
HIST210 Survey of Ancient History   HIST343 War in the Middle Ages
HIST220 American History, 1776-1877   HIST345 The Civil War
HIST221 American History, 1877-present   HIST346 America, 1790-1850
HIST230 Science and Society   HIST347 World War I in History
HIST240 War and Society     and Literature
HIST241 War Literature I   HIST348 World War II, The European Theater
HIST250 Twentieth-Century Germany   HIST349 Cold War America, 1945-1955
HIST291 Survey of the Medieval   HIST350 History of Nazi Germany
  and Renaissance World   HIST351 History of the Holocaust
    HIST352 European History, 1789-1914
300-level courses:   HIST360 Oral History; Theory and Practice
HIST320 Medicine and Society in America   HIST390-99  Special Topics in History
HIST325 Sexuality and Health   HIST390 ST: Reformation Europe 
  in American History   HIST391 ST: Documenting Social Activism
HIST326 Modern Sex: Sexualities and Genders in Modern America     in History Post - 1945
HIST327 History of Women in America   HIST392 ST: Freedom from Fear: Depression
HIST328 History of Gender and Sexuality     and War, 1929-1945
  in the Transatlantic World   HIST393 ST: Introduction to Global History 
HIST329 History of the American Family HIST394 ST: History of Medicine in Europe
HIST330 Science, Technology, and Society   and North America, 1780-1980
  in the Ancient World HIST398 ST: The virtual past: Local History goes Digital
HIST331 Ancient Medicine and Magic 400-level courses:
HIST333 Science, Technology, and Society   Hu/SS480    Major Research Seminar
  in the Renaissance   HIST459 Neuroscience and Society 
HIST340 War in Ancient Greece      
HIST341 War in Ancient Rome  


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
  STAT282 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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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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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