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. The Honors adviser in History is Dr. Liam Brockey. Learn more about the Honors Program here.

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