Major Requirements

History Requirements

The History major requires a minimum of 40 credits, including the following:

  • Current History students must take at least six of the following ten courses (24 credits) at the 300 level or above



One course in United States history


One course in European history


One course in Global or Comparative history


One course in the history of regions outside of the United States and Europe


HIST 257-History Methods & Practices

Must be taken in residence.

Four additional history courses including HIST 395 Internship


One 400-level History seminar




IMPORTANT - Please note the following rules:

  • Advanced Placement credit does not count toward the major

  • No more than four courses may be transferred from other academic institutions for credit toward the major

  • 100-level courses taken after a student has achieved junior credit standing will NOT count toward a major in History

  • No more than four 100-level courses (including a maximum of 9 total credits for courses numbered 101, 102, 103, and 104) may be used to satisfy the requirements for the major

  • No more than one course of HIST 397 (Independent Study) may be used to satisfy the total requirements for the major

  • Only one course taken under the P/F option will be credited to the major

  • HIST 395 (History Internship) can count as 4 credits toward the major

  • Courses taken in the Graduate School of Education cannot be counted toward the major

  • Honors courses (History 498-499) cannot be applied toward the major. They must be taken over and above the 10 required courses

  • The History Department views the grade of D as passing but unsatisfactory. Courses passed with a grade of D do not fulfill requirements for the major


Thematic Focuses:

The Department of History and other academic units at Binghamton University offer an array of courses on many different historical topics. History majors can easily craft an area of thematic focus while otherwise fulfilling the regional and upper-level requirements. Here are just some of the topics and themes that history majors can examine from a comparative and cross-cultural perspective.

  • Environment and Animals
  • Colonialism and Imperialism
  • War and Revolution
  • Atrocity and Genocide
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Science and Technology
  • Medicine and Public Health
  • Politics, Law, and Legal Culture
  • Labor and Economy
  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Public and Digital History

Important Forms:


Undergraduate Director:
Heather Welland
Library Tower, 712

Fall 2022 Office Hours:

Mondays 11-12 and Tuesdays 12-1

Students can make an appointment using this link:

Drop-in office hours on Mondays 8:30-9:30 and Thursdays 11:45-1:45

both in person and on Zoom