Programs of Study

The History Major (BA 4211)

History majors benefit from requirements that ensure chronological and geographical breadth and depth of knowledge while allowing for considerable flexibility and an individualized course of study.

Majors must take two introductory (freshman) courses, selected from our World History (HIST 1320/1330) or Western Heritage (HIST 1210, 1220) sequences. Students will also take two survey (sophomore) courses in US History (HIST 2000, 2010).

At the advanced level, students take a research and writing course (HIST 3111J) and 21 additional semester hours in upper division courses (above HIST 2010) in three geographical areas (U.S., Europe and World) and three chronological areas (pre-modern, early modern, and modern). A list of our numerous and diverse courses can be found below. Majors should consult their departmental advisor for assistance in selecting classes.

Graduation with a B.A. in history requires the successful completion of college of arts and science requirements and 33 semester hours in history (+ the HIST 3111J course which also meets the university J requirement) and a 2.0 minimum G.P.A.

Please note: these requirements are those going effect under the semester system in fall 2012. Those students undergoing the conversion should visit our Q2S tab.

Here is a sample four-year program for the BA 4211.

 

The History Prelaw Major (BA4214)

Starting in the fall 2012, History prelaw majors benefit from requirements that ensure chronological and geographical breadth and depth of knowledge while allowing for the opportunity to focus on courses especially useful for law school preparation.

Majors must take two introductory (freshman) courses, selected from our World History (HIST 1320/1330) or Western Heritage (HIST 1210, 1220) sequences. Students will also take two survey (sophomore) courses in US History (HIST 2000, 2010).

At the advanced level, students take a research and writing course (HIST 3111J) and 21 additional semester hours in upper division courses (above HIST 2010). They will need to take one course in two of the three geographical areas (U.S., Europe and World) and one course in two of the three chronological areas (pre-modern, early modern, and modern). They also will need to complete two history courses identified within the prelaw track and two extradepartmental requirements, the vast majority of which also meet college of arts and science distribution requirements. Please see the 2012-13 catalog for more specifics.

Graduation with a B.A. in history prelaw requires the successful completion of college of arts and science requirements and 33 semester hours in history (+ the HIST 3111J course which also meets the university J requirement) and a 2.0 minimum G.P.A.

Please note: these requirements are those going effect under the semester system in fall 2012. Those students already here before the transition will continue to operate under the prelaw requirements under their catalog of entry.

Here is a sample four-year program for the Pre-law BA 4214. It includes both the departmental and nondepartmental requirements which should be taken within the Arts and Sciences Area requirements.

 

The History Minor (OR 4211)

A minor in history consists of a minimum of 6 courses or 18 semester hours. This includes at least two courses (6 hours) at the 1000-2000 level and at least 12 semester hours at the 3000-4000 level.

To declare a history major or minor you need to go to your college student service office and ask for a declaration of major/minor form. To find out more about the history program e-mail us at history.department@ohio.edu

Please note: these requirements are those in effect under the semester system which begins in the fall 2012..

 

Honors in History

History majors at the main Athens campus who have an exceptional academic record (3.5 GPA or higher), at least 75 semester credit hours (generally half way through their junior year), and are willing to engage in a substantial research project during their senior year are eligible for the designation of departmental honors at graduation. History majors who are planning to do graduate work in History are strongly encouraged to apply for Departmental Honors. An application and more detailed description of the program—including eligibility, expectations (including enrollment in HIST 4940), and research funding sources—are available under departmental downloads. Additional inquiries can be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Studies and departmental honors coordinator, Dr. Michele Clouse (clouse@ohio.edu).

Study Abroad

Some history majors consider traveling abroad during the summer or in their Sophomore or Junior year. Many programs include historical content that can transfer back for credit in the major. For more information contact the Study Abroad Office or view the history study abroad brochure.

History Major Class Options

For purposes of the major, History courses are arranged by subject area and time classification. As of the 2010 catalog year, majors will take two 100 level surveys, the 200-201 U.S. survey, and must make sure they have taken a class from the below list in pre-modern, early modern, and modern history as well as one course in European, North American, and World history. One class can count for both the chronological and geographic distribution.

 

Premodern European History

3280 Jewish History to 1500
3290 Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
3291 Ancient Greece
3292 Ancient Rome
3501 History of Early Science
3531 Barbarian West, 400-1350
3532 History of the Crusades
3533 The Middle Ages, 1000-1350
3540 Early Christianity (origins to 600)
3541 Medieval Christianity: Church & Society
3560 Italian Renaissance
3562 Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the History of Medieval Spain

3650 The Problem of Church and State in European History
3700 History of Byzantine Empire, 324-14543
4534: Medeival Rome: Piety and Power


Early Modern European History Courses

3542 The European Reformation
3580 Power and Revolution in Early Modern Europe, 1450-1650
3581 Power, Politics, and People in Europe, 1650-1775
3582 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1715
3583 Early Modern Europe, 1715-1774
3600 Women in Early Modern Europe
3610 The French Revolution
3710 Magic, Heresy and Witchcraft in Europe

3715 Sex, Crime and Deviance in Europe, 1200-1800
3718 The History of Central Europe
3730 Making of the Balkins 1354-1908

3820 History of Russia
3830 History of Poland, 966-1905
3901: Shakespeare's England, 1450-1603
3902: Revolutionary Britain, 1603-1702
3903: English History to 1688

3904 Making of Modern Britain, 1689-1815
394B The Modern English Constitution

 

Modern European History Courses

3213 War, Violence, and Modernity
3281 Jewish History since 1492
3601 Women in Modern European History
3602 Women Warriors: Women and War in Europe
3620 Europe 1814-1914
3640 Europe Between World Wars, 1919-1939
3641 Contemporary Europe
3660 History of France in the 19th century
3661 Modern France in 20th century
3680 Germany in the 19th century
3681 Modern Germany in the 20th century
3682 Nazi Germany
3731 Balkan Dreams and Nightmares: Southeastern Eurupe Since 1908
3740 European Strategy & Diplomacy, 1915-1914
3741 Origins of World War 2 (1914-1941)
3742 The Cold War, 1941-1989
3750 World War I
3770 History of the Jewish Holocaust
3780 History of Secret Intelligence
3790 History of Sea Power
3820 History of Russia
3821 Russia: Road to Revolution 1825-1917
3822 Soviet Union
3823: USSR in World War II

3831 Modern Poland: War, Revolution and Peace from 1905 to the Present
3922 Churchill's Britain
3923 History and Strategy of the Afghan Wars
3931 Fall of the British Empire
3948 The Modern English Constitution
3960 European Intellectual History, 18th-20th C.
3961 European Intellectual History, 20th C.


Early Modern North American History

3002 Colonial British North America
3004 Revolutionary Era
3008 Early United States Republic
3018 The American South
3020 Survey of American Indian History
3200 Women in American History Before 1877

 

Modern North American History Courses

3030 United States in World War II
3050 The United States and the Vietnam War
3060 American Environmental History
3070 Famous Trials in American History
3081 The Civil War and its Aftermath
3012 Foundations of Modern America: The Gilded Age, 1877-1901
3090 American Constitutional History to 1877
3095 American Constitutional History 1880s to Present
3100 Emergence of the Modern United States: Progressive Era and Roaring Twenties
3102 Age of FDR: The United States During the Great Depression and WWII
3104 United States, 1945-Present
3106 History of American Conservatism

3110 History of Public Health Disasters
3112 United States Urban History
3130 American Jewish History
3140 Pop/High Culture in 20th Century America
3143 American Social and Cultural History of the US, 1820-1890
3144 United States Social History in the 20th Century
3146 American Ideas, 30th Century
3148 Cultural Rebels in the Modern U.S.
3150 Survey of African African American History
3160 History of US Involvement in World Affairs, 1776-1898
3162 History of US Involvement in World Affairs, 1898-1945
3164 History of US Involvement in World Affairs, 1945-Present
3170 Survey of Ohio History
3180 American Westward Movement
3190 Sports in American History and Culture
3192 History of American Baseball
3201 Women in American History Since 1877
3202 Women's Health and Medicine in U.S. History
3211 American Military History, 1600-Present
3214 Military History of the Civil War
3220 1960s in US
3250 History of US-Latin American Relations

 

Pre-Modern World History Courses

3000 Atlantic History

3352 The Legacy of Genghis Khan
3370 Middle East History 600 to 1500
3460 Ancient China
3480 Traditional Japan


Early Modern World History Courses

3230 Latin American History: The Colonial Era
3270 Slavery in the Americas
3410 History of Africa to 1850
3450 South East Asia to 1750
3461 Imperial China

 

Modern World History Courses

2460: Rise of Modern Asia

3231 Latin American History: 20th Century
3233 Modern Mexico
3301: African History Through Film
3330 Oil and World Power
3340: Zionism and Modern Israel
3355 History of Modern Iran

3360 History of North Africa
3371 Middle East History Since 1500
3390 Women in African History
3400 African Intellectual History
3411 History of Africa Since 1850
3420 History of South Africa
3451 Southeast Asia c.1750 to 1945: Change and Conflict
3452 Southeast Asia 1945 to present: The Search for Stability
3462 China in the Past Century
3481 Modern Japan
392E South Asia and World Power

General World History

3232 History of Brazil
3320 History of Women in the Middle East
3380 History of West Africa
3381 History of East Africa
3440 History of Vietnam
4902: Colloquium in Latin American History

4904: Colloquium in the History of Southeast Asia

4905 Studies in Middle East History
4906 Studies in African History
4907 Studies of East Asia History