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Undergraduate Degree Options in History

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What are the requirements for the major in History?

What are the requirements for the minor in History?

What are the requirements for the minor in the History and Philosophy of Science?

What are the requirements for the minor in Medieval Studies?

What are the requirements for the Honors in History Degree Option, and how do I apply?

 

What are the requirements for the major in History?

In addition to meeting the general university degree requirements, students majoring in History must complete sixty credits in History, subject to the following restrictions:

HST 300: Historical Imagination 4 cred
HST 491: Reading Seminar* 4 cred
HST 492: Research Seminar* 4 cred
HST 495: Comparative World History 4 cred
Upper-division History electives in the history
of the United States, Canada, and/or Western Europe (including Russia)
8 cred
Upper-division History electives in the history
of Africa, East Asia, Latin America/Mexico, and/or West Asia/Middle East
8 cred
Additional History electives, any region
Note: up to 20 of these credits may be lower-division History courses.
28 cred
Total: 60 cred

*Courses must be taken in sequence (e.g. HST 491 followed by the corresponding section of HST 492). Beginning in 2015-16, these courses will replace the former required two-term sequence of HST 405 and HST 407, respectively.

Majors must complete minimum of 20 credits in History at the 400-level; however, courses that count towards other major requirements, such as HST 491, HST 492, or HST 495, may be applied to this requirement.

While students can declare a major in History at any point in their undergraduate career, for advising purposes they are asked to contact the Department of History as soon as possible. All majors in History are expected to meet regularly with their major advisors. Upper-division electives should be chosen in consultation with the advisor.

All courses are to be taken for differentiated grades (pass/no pass course cannot be counted) and the history major must earn at least a C- in each course presented to meet major requirements.

A minimum of 32 credits in History must be taken in residence at Portland State University.

 

What are the requirements for the minor in History?

To earn a minor in History, students must complete 32 credits in History, including the following:

HST 300: Historical Imagination 4 creds
HST 491: Reading Seminar* 4 creds
HST 492: Research Seminar* 4 creds
HST 495: Comparative World History 4 creds
History Electives 16 creds
Total must equal at least 32 creds

*Courses must be taken in sequence (e.g. HST 491 followed by the corresponding section of HST 492). Beginning in 2015-16, these courses will replace the former required two-term sequence of HST 405 and HST 407, respectively.

All courses are to be taken for differentiated grades; pass/no pass courses cannot be counted toward the minor. Students must earn at least a C- in each course presented to meet minor requirements.

A maximum of 12 credits from lower division History courses can be applied to the minor requirements.

A minimum of 16 credits in History in residence at Portland State University is required for the minor.

 

What are the requirements for the minor in the History and Philosophy of Science?

In the minor in the history and philosophy of science, students use the perspectives of history and philosophy to study science as a system of knowledge and as a social institution. Goals are to gain a deeper appreciation of patterns of reasoning and evidence in science; of the historical evolution of scientific disciplines; and of the cultural, social, political and ethical contexts of science.

The minor is open to students of all majors. It may be of particular interest for students contemplating post-graduate or professional studies in the humanities, sciences, law, or medicine.

For more information or advising, contact:
Richard Beyler, History (503-725-3996, beylerr @ pdx.edu)
Michael Flower, Ctr. for Sci. Education / Honors Coll. (503-725-5362, flowerm @ pdx.edu)
Tom Seppalainen, Philosophy (503-725-3519, seppalt @ pdx.edu)

 

 

What are the requirements for the minor in Medieval Studies?

The Minor in Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary program with courses offered in the departments of Art History, English, History, Philosophy, World Languages and Literatures, and Theater Arts.

Students will fulfill 28 credits of coursework according to the following distribution requirements:

 

·         Courses must be completed in at least three separate departments or programs;

·         At least 20 credit hours must be completed in upper-division courses, with at least 8 of those credit hours at the 400-level. 

·         All courses must be passed with a C- or better.

 

 

For advising concerning the minor in Medieval Studies, please consult Prof. John Ott, History Department, at (503) 725-3013, or via email at ott @ pdx.edu. 

 

 

What are the requirements for the Honors in History Degree Option, and how do I apply?

The Honors in History option affords outstanding History majors the opportunity to propose, carry out, and formally present independent research on a topic of their choosing and under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Students who successfully complete an approved thesis (or research project) and its associated 14 credit-hour departmental Honors curriculum will be formally designated History Honors graduates and receive notice of this distinction on their diplomas.

In addition to the standard requirements for the undergraduate major, the Honors in History option culminates in an undergraduate thesis executed during the student’s junior and senior years. In the first term following successful admission to the Honors in History program (usually during the junior year), the student investigates thesis topics in a Reading and Conference course (HST 405) directed by a faculty member who has agreed to supervise the student’s honors thesis. In the senior year, the first term is devoted to research (HST 401), the second term to writing (HST 403), and the third term to presentation and revision of the thesis (HST 403).

Students enrolled in the university’s Urban Honors College who wish to receive Honors in History or have History faculty as their thesis advisors are required to complete the departmental Honors in History degree track. History majors (who are not already members of the Urban Honors College) may, upon having their application accepted for the Honors track, apply for admission to the Urban Honors College. See the departmental Honors coordinator and/or the Urban Honors College advisor for more information.

Students must apply before they have attained senior standing, and must meet the following criteria:

  • a cumulative GPA in History courses of 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.25.
  • completion of at least 24 credit hours of coursework in History, including HST 300: Historical Imagination, or equivalent coursework approved by the History Department.
  • no incomplete grades in History.

The application must include:

  • student transcript(s) from Portland State University and/or any other institutions (unofficial are acceptable)
  • a written thesis prospectus (approximately 500 words) of the research to be undertaken, signed by the primary and secondary advisors (both are to be full-time faculty members). Copies of the approved prospectus will be kept on file in the department.
  • the completed application cover sheet with contact information.

For more information, consult the Honors in History Program Info Sheet and Application