Main Page Content


History enables us to understand the world we live in through the exploration of how it came to be. It furnishes insight into our own and different cultures across the globe and provides an essential foundation to being an informed national and global citizen. The history major provides an opportunity to develop critical thinking, research and communication skills well suited to a wide range of rewarding careers, including law, business, public administration, journalism, information technology/library science, publishing, urban and regional planning, social work, and government. In sum, the study of history leads to skills and sensibilities that will enrich students' lives and enable them to be successful leaders in their careers and communities.

The Department of History offers students a comprehensive range of courses that cover the United States and the rest of the world across all time periods. In addition, they feature a diverse array of topics, including military history, women's history, Native American history, film history, the history of science & technology, and legal/constitutional history. The history major is flexible and allows students to select classes that match their interests and enables them to focus their studies on a specific time, place, or issue.

In addition to the regular major, the program offers a more proscribed course of study that provides the breadth of knowledge required for students seeking teaching certification.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in history.

Program Requirements

Students in the history major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

The history major consists of 36 credits of history courses, 18 of which must be 300/400-level courses taken at Brockport. Only courses in which a grade of "C" or higher is earned are accepted as part of these requirements. Students entering the College as transfers may be exempted from HST 201 and 202 if they have completed six credits in Western Civilization courses at another institution. All other requirements are the same.

History Major

This course of study applies to those students who are pursuing a History major without any teacher certification or with Elementary Teacher certification - NOT those pursuing Adolescence Social Studies Teacher certification. History majors may count only one 100-level history course towards their degree program

  • HST 130 World History Survey I (Can replace HST 201)
  • HST 140 World History Survey II (Can replace HST 202)
  • HST 201 Ancient World
  • HST 202 Modern World
  • HST 110 Survey In American History I (Can replace HST 211)
  • HST 120 Survey In American History II (Can replace HST 212)
  • HST 211 Early America
  • HST 212 Modern America
  • HST 390 Research Methods

History Major - Adolescence Social Studies Certification Track

History majors seeking certification to teach adolescent social studies must complete the following Adolescent Teacher Certification program to complete the academic requirements to be eligible for teacher certification. History Majors in the Adolescence Social Studies Certification Track may count only one 100-level history course towards their degree program.

Students seeking teacher certification must also complete the NYS Education Department Requirements for Preparation of AISS Candidates* (25-26 credits) as follows:

  • Mathematics: 6 credits (MTH 111 or above)
  • English: 6 credits with ENG 112 or above
  • Science: two courses, at least 1 natural science: one must have a lab
  • Social Sciences: completion of six credits or equivalent

* See also EHD website for program requirements.

Students seeking teacher certification must also complete 12 credits (four courses) of Social Science corequisites:

  • ESC 102 Elements of Geography
  • PLS 113 American Political Systems

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a thesis in response to a historical problem
  2. Advance in logical sequence principal arguments in defense of a historical thesis.
  3. Provide relevant evidence in defense of a historical thesis.
  4. Evaluate the significance of a historical thesis by relating it to a broader field of historical knowledge.
  5. Express themselves clearly in writing that forwards a historical analysis.
  6. Use disciplinary standards (Chicago Style) of documentation when referencing historical sources.