Jan 22, 2022
Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: Minimum 30
The BA major in history consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours in history, including a minimum of 18 semester hours of course work on the advanced level (100-level courses or above).
A grade of C- or above is required in each course in the major.
The History Department also strongly recommends that students take courses in other departments that relate closely to historical subjects in which they are particularly interested, or consider taking a co-major in another field or discipline. It is also highly desirable that students acquire skills in reading and speaking a language other than English, taking their level of proficiency beyond the minimum university requirement.
The History Department requires the following for majors in history:
I. Introductory courses - Semester Hours: 3
Chosen from the following:
II. Intermediate courses - Semester Hours: 8
(ordinarily taken in first and/or second year in preparation for taking a seminar in junior or senior year)
III. Advanced Courses - Semester Hours: 3
One seminar (ordinarily taken in junior year) chosen from the following:
IV. A minimum of 3 semester hours in each of the following three areas:
A. European History:
- HIST 011 - (HP) Ancient and Medieval Worlds: Greece, Rome, Christendom, and the Rise of Islam Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 012 - (HP) Modern Worlds: The ‘West’ from the Renaissance to the Present Semester Hours: 3-4
- HIST 031 - Jewish History from the Patriarchal Period to the Age of Emancipation Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 036 - (HP) The Holocaust: Memory and Representation Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 105 - (HP) Ancient Egypt and the Middle East Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 106A - (HP) Ancient Greece and Rome I Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 107 - (HP) Medieval Europe Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 108 - (HP) Renaissance Europe Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 109 - Kings, Merchants, Peasants, and the Road to Revolution in Europe, 1648-1789 Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 112 - The French Revolution Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 113 - War and Peace in the Age of Empire Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 114 - Manufacturing Modernity: The Industrial Revolution and the Social Transformation of Europe, 1848-1914 Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 120 - Reformation Europe, from Luther to Richelieu Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 121 - History of England to 1688 Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 122 - Modern Britain Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 131 - Europe, 1914-1939: Nazism, Stalinism and Democracy Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 132 - Europe, 1939 to Present: World War, Cold War and Beyond Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 133 - Modern Germany Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 135 - Worlds of Enlightenment Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 136 - Culture and Ideas in Modern Europe Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 137 - History of Russia from Its Origins to 1856 Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 138 - Modern Russia: Reform and Revolution from the Russian Empire to Modern Times, 1856 to the Present Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 139 - Economic History of Europe Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 177C - Special Topics in European History Semester Hours: 3
- HIST 178C - Special Topics in European History Semester Hours: 3
C. Asian or African or Middle Eastern or Latin American History:
V. Additional History electives – Semester Hours: Minimum 7
A minimum of 7 s.h. chosen from any HIST courses.
VI. Independent Research and Reading Courses
On a limited basis students may undertake an independent reading and research project under the supervision of a member of the History Department faculty. Students interested in doing independent work should meet with their departmental adviser.
On a limited basis students may work in historical societies, governmental agencies, or other non profit agencies undertaking a project related to history. They will do so under the joint supervision of Department of History and the host organization on projects leading to academic credit.
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or better may choose to research and write a substantial historical essay for departmental honors. Students should normally start work with their faculty adviser in the semester preceding their registration in HIST 100 . Permission prior to registration is required.
Many History majors combine History with a co-major in Elementary and Secondary School Teaching:
For information about combining a History major with the Law School at Hofstra, see Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP) .