For new students or students who became history majors after Spring 2014, these requirements apply:

History Major Worksheet as of Fall 2014

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 (HST 48x)
  • At least 12 credits in History courses at the 300- or 400-level
  • One additional History course of at least 3 credits
  • Two courses (at least 6 credits) of those taken to meet the above requirements must be in each of three of the following geographical areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the U.S., the world.
  • Two courses (at least 6 credits) of those taken to meet the above requirements must be in courses primarily on the period before 1800 and two courses (at least 6 credits) in courses primarily on the period after 1800.

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.