Major & Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Introductory Courses (6 credits required)

  • One introductory survey (course numbered 1XX)
  • One additional introductory course, chosen from any 100- or 200-level course listed in History and taught by History Department faculty.
  • Please note:
    • History Department faculty” does not include “affiliated faculty.”
    • This course can be an introductory survey, a lecture, or a seminar.
    • This course can be home-based or cross-listed in History.

Students may satisfy introductory course requirements using AP credit if they have earned a score of 5 on the AP European, U.S., or World History examinations.

  • Students will be awarded 3 units of credit per AP exam, for a maximum of 6 credits towards the major or minor.
  • A score of 4 on any of these exams may earn 3 units of elective credit, but will not be counted towards the major or minor.


Upper Level Courses

At least 18 3XX or 4XX level units PLUS a capstone experience (for a minimum of 22 advanced units). Requirements at this level include:

  • at least one course designated “pre-modern” and one course designated “modern”
  • at least one course from three of the following geographical areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, the United States, or transregional history (see note below*)
  • History 301, “Historical Methods,” a required methods course for all majors
  • The Capstone Experience: History majors must, prior to graduation, complete a capstone experience consisting of:
    • successful completion of the Senior Honors Thesis; OR
    • an Advanced Seminar; OR
    • an independent research project with a significant writing component (History 500); OR
    • directed fieldwork in the historical or archival profession, with a significant writing component (History 4001/4002)

Notes:

  • International Baccalaureate: The Department recognizes the superior preparation many students have received in the IB program. However, no credit is awarded for the International Baccalaureate.
  • The Department recognizes that some students take their first history course, or develop an interest in majoring in History, only in their junior year, and then face a dilemma in choosing between required introductory courses and upper-level course work more appropriate to their abilities. Such students, with the recommendation of their advisor in History, may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies to permit a designated upper-level course to substitute for one of the introductory courses. In all such cases, the minimum number of units for the major remains 28 units.
  • All upper-level units must be separate courses, not double-counted toward a minor or second major. (Exception: double majors may count one course for both majors if it is cross-listed between the two departments). Courses in the major are excluded from the credit/no credit option.
  • If a student chooses to count a transregional course toward the geographical requirement, at least one of the two other geographical areas the student counts toward the major must cover a region that is not included in the transregional course. For example, a student who has completed courses in U.S. and Latin American history could not count a transregional course that examines the comparative history of the U.S. and Latin America. But a student who has taken a transregional course on the U.S. and Latin America could take a course on either U.S. or Latin American history, and would then need to take a course covering an area other than the U.S. or Latin America in order to satisfy the third area requirement.
  • [Courses taken pass/fail or credit/no credit do not count towards the major or minor.]*

*The Department of History recognizes the extraordinary challenges students are facing at this moment. Therefore, courses taken pass/fail or credit/no credit during the Spring 2020 semester will be counted towards the History major and minor. This is in keeping with the Arts & Sciences interim amendments to academic policies for Spring 2020 expanding the possibilities for pass/fail and graded credit. See https://insideartsci.wustl.edu/interim-policies#anchor-group-13245 for more information.

Minor Requirements

Introductory Courses (6 credits required)

  • One introductory survey (course numbered 1XX)
  • One additional introductory course, chosen from any 1XX or 2XX course home-based or cross-listed in history AND taught by history department faculty.

Plus:

  • 12 additional units, 9 of which must be at the 3XX or 4XX level.  
     

Notes:

  • A score of 5 on the AP European, U.S., or World History examination will constitute completion of History 102C, 163, or 164 respectively, and 3 units of credit equivalent to History 102C, 163, or 164 will be awarded, for a maximum of 6 credits towards the major and/or minor. A score of 4 on any of these exams may earn 3 units of elective credit but will not be counted towards the major or minor.
  • All 18 units must be separate courses not double-counted toward the major or another minor. Courses in the minor may not be taken credit/no-credit.
  • The Department recognizes that some students take their first history course, or develop an interest in declaring a minor in History, only in their junior year, and then face a dilemma in choosing between required introductory courses and upper-level course work more appropriate to their abilities. Such students, with the recommendation of their advisor in History, may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies to permit a designated upper-level course to substitute for one of the introductory courses. In all such cases, the minimum number of units in the minor remains 18.
  • [Courses taken pass/fail or credit/no credit do not count towards the major or minor]*

*The Department of History recognizes the extraordinary challenges students are facing at this moment. Therefore, courses taken pass/fail or credit/no credit during the Spring 2020 semester will be counted towards the History major and minor. This is in keeping with the Arts & Sciences interim amendments to academic policies for Spring 2020 expanding the possibilities for pass/fail and graded credit. See https://insideartsci.wustl.edu/interim-policies#anchor-group-13245 for more information.