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Major Requirements

These requirements are for students who matriculated at Binghamton University after fall 2002. Students who matriculated before this period should see the Director of Undergraduate Studies regarding requirements for the major.

The History major requires a minimum of 40 credits distributed as follows:

  • At least one course in each of the following areas: (1) United States history, (2) European history, (3) the history of a third area (e.g., Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin American), and (4) world history of inter-regionally comparative history.

*Please see the course distribution chart for details as to how this semester's courses are categorized.

  • At least five 300- or 400-level courses, one of which must be a seminar (i.e., a 400-level course). The seminar may not be taken under the pass/fail option and must be taken in residence.
  • At least one other history course.

Please note the following rules - these are IMPORTANT!

  • 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 no more than two courses numbered 101, 102, 103 or 104) may be counted toward 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) cannot be counted 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.

Last Updated: 1/12/18