Worcester State University
History & Political Science Department

 
For Students

General Advice for Majors:

The History Major now includes a required Capstone in order to graduate. The Capstone can be fulfilled with either HI 460 Senior Research Seminar or HI 470 Senior Thesis. Both require HI 411 Historian's Craft as a prerequisite; HI 411 may no longer be taken concurrently with the capstone. There will be no waivers from this requirement and seating caps in these required courses will be strictly adhered to.

Juniors and Seniors: Please make sure you see your advisor and get activated so that you can pre-register on your designated date. This is especially important for juniors and seniors who need these upper-level requirements! We don't want you to find your required classes full if you register late.

Useful documents (click to download as PDF):

What Requirements Apply to Me?

History Capstone Options

History Learning Portfolio Options (for Early Childhood/Elementary Ed double majors only)

Students with catalog year 2010 and later

Requirements for a History Major as of Sept 2010 (42 Credits*)

The History Major begins with a series of survey courses (Group 1 = 18 credits), designed to introduce you to concepts, eras and methodological basics in World and US history. Please plan for these courses early in your first two years. Take as Group 1:

  • HI 103 World Civilization I
  • HI 104 World Civilization II
  • HI 105 World Civilization III
  • HI 111 US History I (to 1877)
  • HI 112 US History II (since 1877)

Group 2 Course: In your sophomore or junior year, take HI 411, The Historian’s Craft, our core research methods course (Prerequisite courses: HI 103 + 104 + 111 + 112)

Through 21 credits of elective courses in History, you strengthen your research and writing skills and follow your interests in learning about the history of diverse regions and time periods. There are four categories of electives: United States (listed as American in Degree Audit), European, Area Studies, and General. At least 2 of your electives must be at the 300 or 400 level.

  • United States/American History: 6 credits (2 courses)
  • European History: 6 credits (2 courses)
  • Area Studies: 6 credits (2 courses)
  • Other (General) Electives: 3 credits (1 course)

Group 3: Capstone (Prerequisite courses: HI 411 and EN 102 or EN 250)

HI 460 Senior Research Seminar or HI 470 Senior Thesis

*EXCEPTION: Double Majors in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education (36 credits):  You take a total of 2 fewer classes in the History major. You can either omit 2 electives, or omit 1 elective and the capstone class. If not taking the capstone, you should submit a non-credit History Learning Portfolio instead (see department for guidelines; the deadline is October 15 for December graduation or March 15 for May graduation).

Requirements for a Minor in History as of Sept 2010 (24 Credits)

  • HI 103 World Civilization I
  • HI 104 World Civilization II
  • HI 105 World Civilization III
  • HI 111 US History I (to 1877)
  • HI 112 US History II (since 1877)
  • HI 411 The Historian’s Craft (Prerequisite: HI 103 + 104 + 111 + 112)
  • History Electives: 6 credits (Any 2 HI courses)

Students with catalog year 2009F - you are under the LASC general education curriculum and under the "old" History Major requirements (see below), although we strongly encourage you to follow the new major since you are required to do a capstone for your LASC requirements. If you complete the new major you will definitely also fulfill the requirements of the old one.

Please note that we are no longer offering the course HI 113, so you'll need to substitute another elective to make sure that you have enough credits in History; in that case we strongly recommend that you take HI 411. Instead of a tick sheet, you should use Degree Audit and consult with your advisor to make sure you're on track.

Students with catalog year 2008 or earlier - you are under the "old" General Education Program curriculum of foundation and distribution requirements AND under our "old" major requirements. We have a History Advisee Tick Sheet [pdf] to help you in your course planning.

Please note that we are no longer offering the course HI 113, so you'll need to substitute another elective to make sure that you have enough credits in History; in that case we strongly recommend that you take HI 411.

Old History Major Requirements - prior to Sept 2010 (42 Credits)
HI 103 & 104 & 105 World Civilization I & II & III
HI 111 & 112 & 113 US History I & II & III

  • US History electives: 6 credits
  • European History electives: 6 credits
  • Non-US, Non-European History electives: 6 credits
  • Other electives in History: 6 credits on 300/400 level

Old History Minor Requirements - before Sept 2010 (24 Credits)
HI 103 & 104 & 105 World Civilization I & II & III
HI 111 & 112 & 113 US History I & II & III
History electives: 6 credits


 
Links of Interest
  Student Options Brochure (PDF)
  Center for the Study of Human Rights at Worcester State
  The American Historical Association
  The Organization of American Historians
  The New England Historical Association
  American Political Science Association
  Center for History and New Media
  H-Net

 
  Contact Us

  History and Political
  Science Department
  Worcester State University
  486 Chandler Street
  Worcester, MA 01602
 
  Building:

  Sullivan 327


  Phone:
  508-929-8162

  Fax:
  508-929-8155

 
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