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The study of History promotes the knowledge, breadth of perspective, intellectual growth, and skills essential to achieving career success, leading a purposeful life, and exercising responsible citizenship. History majors develop strong critical thinking, research, communication and problem-solving skills that prepare them to succeed in a wide range of rewarding careers, including law, teaching, business, entrepreneurship, public administration, journalism, information technology/library science, publishing, urban and regional planning, social work, and government.

The Department of History offers students a comprehensive range of courses that covers the world across all time periods and features a diverse array of topics. In addition, it offers a professional development course that helps students reflect on how the study of history can help serve their personal and professional goals after graduation. The History major is flexible, allowing students to select classes that match their interests, and at 36 credits enables students to complete other majors or minors that complement the History degree. This flexibility also allows majors the opportunity to broaden their horizons through study abroad and to explore future career paths through internships coordinated through the Department of History.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in history.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (23-32* credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (36 credits)

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 student earns a grade of "C" or higher will fulfill these requirements. Students entering the College as transfers should talk to their advisor regarding appropriate course credit if they took 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 Childhood Inclusive Teacher certification - NOT those pursuing Adolescence Social Studies Inclusive Teacher certification.

  • HST 201 Ancient World Seminar*
  • HST 202 Modern World Seminar*
  • HST 211 Seminar in Early America*
  • HST 212 Seminar in Modern America*
  • HST 390 Research Methods*

* Students may apply to substitute one of the required 200-level seminars with a 100-level survey as follows: HST 110 Survey in Early America (Can replace HST 211); HST 120 Survey in Modern America (Can replace HST 212); HST 130 Ancient World Survey (Can replace HST 201); HST 140 Modern World Survey (Can replace HST 202). Students wishing to do so should see their advisor.

Electives (52-61 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

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.