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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History

REQUIREMENTS FOR A HISTORY MAJOR and/or MINOR

The Department of History offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history as well as a history minor.  We also supervise a multi-department minor in Contemporary Social Sciences (please contact department for current list of courses).

A knowledge of history prepares students for careers in teaching, law, public service, management, the ministry, religious education, communications, travel counseling, historic preservation, and library, museum, and archival staff work.

Dr. Nathan Brooks, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Breland Hall 240/Tel. (575) 646-1824

Undergraduate Advisors:    

A-E Jamie Bronstein Breland Hall 225/Tel. (575) 646-4200
F-J Nathan Brooks Breland Hall 240/Tel. (575) 646-1824
K-O Inigo Garcia-Bryce Breland Hall 250/Tel. (575) 646-2076
P-T Kenneth Hammond Breland Hall 245/Tel. (575) 646-1818
U-Z Andrea Orzoff Breland Hall 244/Tel. (575) 646-4612

The undergraduate history major consists of at least 42 credits in the major field, 18 credits of which must be numbered 300 or above and an additional 6 credits that must be numbered 400 or above.  All courses must be passed with grades of C or higher, and none may be taken on an S/U basis.  Electives must be carefully selected by the student and approved by a Department of History advisor. 

All majors must be advised prior to registration.  Among the upper-division courses that majors take, one or more (in addition to History 398) must require research-based paper or papers.  In fulfilling their research requirements, majors must write one-research-based paper or papers which together total at least 20 pages. 

 DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:   

1.   Students must pass at least 24 credits from the list below, including at least one course from each of these five areas:  HIST 101G-102G, HIST 201G-202G, HIST 211G-212G, HIST 221G-222, and HIST 311-312.

 

HIST 101G, Roots of Modern Europe

3

HIST 102G, Modern Europe

3

HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History

3

HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History

3

HIST 211G, East Asia to 1600

3

HIST 212G, East Asia since 1600

3

HIST 221G, Islamic Civilizations to 1800

3

HIST 222, Islamic Civilizations since 1800

3

HIST 311, Colonial Latin America

3

HIST 312, Modern Latin America

3

HIST 398, Historians and History

3

*=should be taken in junior year after consultation with advisor.

    Course prerequisite is English 211G.

 

2.   Five to six additional upper-division History courses, 6 credits of which must be numbered 400 and above.  No more than three of the five to six additional courses may be from any particular field of History.

History majors who plan on pursuing certification as public school teachers should take the following 6 courses in preparation. These courses will complete approximately half of the course work necessary for students to earn teaching licenses in New Mexico.  After completing the undergraduate degree in History with a grade point average of 2.50 or higher, students should apply to the Graduate School for admission to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education to pursue the remaining courses needed for secondary licensure.

 

EDUC 315, Multicultural Education

EDUC 368, Educational Technology

SPED 320, Survey of Programs Teaching Exceptional Learners

EDUC 381, Field Experience

EDUC 530, Exploration in Education (recommended for senior year or as a graduate student)

C EP 521, Human Growth and Development (recommended for senior year or as a graduate student)

 

MINOR:  History

A student may not earn both a bachelor’s degree in the Department of History and a minor in History.

1.   Students must pass 6 credits from among the following courses:  HIST 101G, Roots of Modern Europe; HIST102G, Modern Europe; HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History; HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History; HIST 211G, East Asia to 1600; HIST 212G, East Asia since 1600; HIST 221G, Islamic Civilizations to 1800; and HIST 222, Islamic Civilizations since 1800.

2.   Students must pass at least 12 additional credits in History, of which at least 9 credits are numbered 300 and above.

All courses must be passed with grades of C or above.  No courses may be taken S/U.