In the history program, a total of 31 out of the 120 credit hours are devoted to history classes. This leaves flexibility for you to narrow your area of interest with minors, concentrations or double majors. Of the 31 credits, 18 of those credits are in courses at the 300-level or above.
Clarkson Common Experience
The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
The Clarkson Seminar
Students majoring in history are required to complete the following courses:
Introducing the Liberal Arts
Major Research Seminar
Fulfilled by HSS480 or by opting for an internship program. (Students who opt for an internship program must still fulfill HSS480 as a graduation requirement.)
Students work with their academic advisors to choose courses that best fit their interests.
Major Topical or Thematic Focus Courses
Nine courses in history, including the following:
Six courses at the 300-level or above
One course in pre-modern history
One course in modern history
Pre-Professional External Field Electives
Students must complete five courses in a pre-professional external field, such as business, communications and media, pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary, etc. This pre-professional concentration provides students with opportunities to increase career choices while exploring a wide variety of interests through their major.
Students majoring in history will have approximately 45 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.
Sample History Electives:
Ancient History Survey
War in the Middle Ages
The Civil War
America: 1877 to the Present
Science and Society
World War I in History and Literature
War and Society
World War II: The European Theater
War Literature I
Cold War History: 1945-1955
History of 20th Century Germany
History of Nazi Germany
Medicine & Society in America
History of the Holocaust
War Literature II
European History: 1789-1914
Sexuality & Health in America History
Medicine and Medical Ethics During the Third Reich
Modern Sex: Sexualities and Genders in Modern America
The Construction of Nazi Germany
History of Women & Gender in America
Secret War: Codebreaking & the Clandestine Services in WWII
History of Gender and Sexuality in the Transatlantic World