History Concentration

E-mail: history@illinois.edu

Minimum required major course work normally equates to 36 hours of History courses.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Students must pass HIST 200 with a grade of a C (2.0) or better in order to remain in good standing in the major. Students transferring to the major after freshman year must have passed two 100-level history courses and have passed HIST 200 on this campus with a grade of C (2.0) or better. Transfer students must enroll in HIST 200 during their first semester on campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction:

To be eligible for distinction, a student must be admitted to the Honors Program in History and complete its required coursework.  Those admitted (ideally before the beginning of the junior year) must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in History and a 3.25 GPA overall.  They will then pursue a sequence consisting of HIST 495, HIST 492 and successful completion of either:

  1. HIST 493 and HIST 499 in two consecutive semesters (in which case, the level of distinction awarded to student will be decided by the examining committee) OR
  2. the completion of two approved independent research projects under the supervision of two different advisors (HIST 490).  (in which case, students will be eligible for an award of distinction only (not high or highest distinction). 
Minimum of 36 hours of History courses including:
Two introductory History courses at the 100 level (preliminary coursework)6
African, Asian, Global, Latin American, Middle Eastern History courses at the 200-level or above, at least 3 hours at the 300 level or above 16
European History courses at the 200-level or above, at least 3 hours at the 300 level or above 16
U.S. History courses at the 200-level or above, at least 3 hours at the 300 level or above. 3 hours must be in U.S. Minority History. 16
Hours of history electives (at the 200-level or above). NOTE: HIST 200 and HIST 498 (or HIST 495) are required. HIST 200, HIST 495, and HIST 498 may count toward any of the area requirements or the 12 hours of History electives. For those students in the Honors Program, HIST 490 or HIST 493 may count toward any of the area requirements or the 12 hours of History electives. HIST 492 and HIST 499 must be taken as part of the 12 hours of required History electives.12
Of the 36 hours of History courses, students must take 6 hours in a pre-modern period, one defined as before 1600 and one defined as before 1800 (HIST 100 and HIST 142 may not be used to fulfill this requirement). 1
Total Hours 236
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Chosen from the list maintained in the Department of History

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Eighteen advanced hours (300- and 400-level) of History courses are required in the major.  12 of those 18 advanced hours must be taken on this campus.