For students who became history majors before 2014, these requirements apply:

1. Completion of the University Residency Requirements

2. 120 credits (123 if the student has taken MTH 1825)

3. Completion of the University Integrative Studies and Mathematics requirements: 28-37 credits

4. Completion of the College of Social Science Requirements:

  • 15 credits in courses in the College of Social Science, of which at least 12 must be in one discipline or on one theme
  • 9 credits in courses in the College of Arts and Letters
  • 6 credits in courses in the College of Natural Science or approved substitute

5. And these course requirements:

  • HST 201 (Historical Methods and Skills)
  • Three of the following: HST 140, 150, 202, 203, 205A, 205B, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212
  • Two senior seminars (courses number HST 48x)
  • At least 12 but not more than 19 additional credits in History courses at the 300- or 400-level
  • These 33-40 credits must include at least 6 credits in each of the following geographical areas: the United States; Europe; Africa, Asia, Latin America and/or the world as a whole.

History majors in the Honors College, in addition to the privileges and exemptions that apply to all Honors College students, are not required to take the lower-level survey courses required of other majors. They are encouraged to fulfill their 33-40 credits in History with 300- and 400-level work. Each Honors College student is also required to complete an Honors thesis, which normally involves six credits of independent research under the direction of a professor and the writing of a 50 to 75 page paper.

For questions about the major, see Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Professor Emily Tabuteau at tabuteau@msu.edu.