Major in History
History majors learn research and critical thinking skills as they complete two extensive research papers during major courses. The writing-intensive nature of the program allows students to learn research methods and develop strong writing skills, both of which are essential for work or study in the field after college. History students with special interests may conduct independent study projects while working closely with a member of the faculty.
A major in history requires the completion of 11 units, at least 10 of which must be in the department. These include:
1. One from History 125, 150 or 175
2. At least one unit from each of the following 200-level groups:
Pre-Modern History (pre-1600) 215, 218, 221, 222, 223, 230 231, 233, 235, 290 (where appropriate)
Modern History (post-1600) 241, 243, 245, 246, 261, 263, 265, 266, 267, 268, 290 (where appropriate)
Non-Western History 210, 254, 272, 281, 282, 284, 290 (where appropriate)
3. History 300: Historical Methods
4. At least one unit from each of the following groups:
Pre-Modern History (pre-1600) 310, 315, 320, 325
Modern History (post-1600) 330, 335, 340, 350, 360, 365, 370
Choice of any additional 300-level course, Independent Study, Internship, Archives Practicum, Historical Journal Editing Practicum, or Honors Project.
5. One, one unit seminar: History 410, 420, 430, 440, 460, or 470
6. Two elective units at the 200 level or above.
The department strongly encourages all majors to explore the possibilities of international study through the May Term, Intensive Learning, or Summer programs, and semester or year-long study abroad options.
The department encourages international studies and extensive work in at least one foreign language for students interested in graduate work. One's major advisor should be consulted early to determine an appropriate program of study.
Summer research gives four Roanoke students a window into Chinese culture as it relates to religion, medicine and the nation's identity. They will present their findings at a national conference in March.