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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 405: Reading Colloquium* 4 cred
HST 407: 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 405A followed by HST 407A)

Majors must complete minimum of 20 credits in History at the 400-level; however, courses that count towards other major requirements, such as HST 405, HST 407, 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.

Click here for a detailed worksheet explaining the requirements for the major in History (.pdf format).

 

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 405: Reading Colloquium* 4 creds
HST 407: 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 405A followed by HST 407A)

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.

Click here for a detailed worksheet explaining the requirements for the minor in History (.pdf format).

List of Minors Associated with Clusters

History American Studies HST 327U: U.S. History 1890-1932, HST 328U: U.S. History 1932-1960, HST 329U: U.S. History 1960-Present, HST 330U: Native Americans of Eastern North America, HST 331U: Native Americans of Western North America, HST 332U: History of the North American Fur Trade, HST 335U: Race and Ethnicity, HST 336U: Lewis and Clark and the American West, HST 337U: History of American Cities (Crosslisted with USP 385U), HST 338U: Oregon History, HST 340U: Women and Gender in America (to 1865) (Crosslisted with WS 340U), HST 341U: Women and Gender in America (1865 to 1920) (Crosslisted with WS 341U), HST 342U: Women and Gender in America (1920 to present) (Crosslisted with WS 342U), HST 343U: American Family History (Crosslisted with WS 343U), HST 344U: Jews and Judaism in US Post WWII, HST 345U: Colonial America, HST 346U: The American Revolution, HST 347U: Antebellum America, 1800-1850, HST 348U: Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1850-1877, HST 349U: U.S. Indian Policy
History Gender and Sexualities Studies HST 340U: Women and Gender in America (to1865) (crosslisted with WS 340U), HST 341U: Women and Gender in America (1865 to present) (crosslisted with WS 341U), HST 342U: Women and Gender in America (1920 to present) (Crosslisted with WS 342U), HST 343U: American Family History (Crosslisted with WS 343U), HST 352U: European Women's History to 1700
History Global Perspectives HST 312U: African History Before 1800, HST 313U: African History Since 1800, HST 318U: Jewish History from Medieval Period to Present, HST 320U: East Asian Civilization, HST 321U: Early Modern East Asia, HST 322U: Modern East Asia, HST 351U: History of England II: 18th - 20th Century, HST 357U: Europe from Reformation to Revolutions, HST 358U: Europe from National Unification to European Union, HST 360U: French Revolution and Napoleon, HST 362U: Amazon Rainforest (crosslisted with INTL 362U), HST 365U: Latin American History I, HST 366U: Latin American History II, HST 376U: History of Imperial Russia 1700-1917, HST 377U: History of the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia, HST 385U: Middle East in Modern Times: 19th and Early 20th Century, HST 386U: Middle East in Modern Times: 20th Century
History Interpreting the Past HST 312U: African History Before 1800, HST 314U: Ancient Near East & Egypt, HST 315U: Greek History, HST 316U: Roman History, HST 317U: Jewish History from Antiquity to the Medieval Period, HST 319U: Rabbinic Culture in the Roman World, HST 320U: East Asian Civilization, HST 321U: Early Modern East Asia, HST 350U: English History, HST 351U: History of England II: 18th - 20th Century, HST 352U: European Women's History to 1700, HST 354U: Early Medieval Europe: 300-1100, HST 355U: Late Medieval Europe: 1100-1450, HST 356U: Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1400-1600, HST 357U: Europe from Reformation to Revolutions, HST 359U: Early Modern France, HST 365U: Latin American History I, HST 375U: History of Kievan and Muscovite Russia 800's - 1700, HST 385U: Middle East in Modern Times: 19th and Early 20th Century, HST 387U: History of Modern Science

 

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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 a detailed listing of the requirements for the minor in the History and Philosophy of Science, click here.

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 a full list of courses that fulfill the requirements for the minor in Medieval Studies, click here.

 

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 Degree track affords outstanding History majors the opportunity to propose, carry out, and formally present independent research on a topic of their choosing, under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Students who successfully complete an approved thesis and its associated 16 credit-hour departmental Honors curriculum will be formally designated History Honors graduates and receive notice of this distinction on their diplomas.

Students who wish to purse the Honors in History option must apply to do so after having completed a minimum 24 credit hours in the major and before they have attained senior standing. The History Honors Option requires a 3.50 GPA in History prior to admission to the program.

The Honors in History Program includes an undergraduate thesis on which students work in their junior and senior years. Following successful admission to the Program, in the first term (during the junior year) the student investigates thesis topics in a reading and onference 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 to presentation and revision of the thesis (HST 403).

Eligibility to apply for the Honors Option will be established by the following:

  • Student must have a cumulative GPA in History courses of 3.5 and have completed at least 24 credit hours of coursework in the major, including HST 300.
  • Student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25.
  • Student must have no incomplete grades in History.
  • Student must make successful application to the department by submitting a written thesis prospectus (approximately 500 words) of the research to be undertaken, signed by two faculty members, typically the primary and secondary advisors. Copies of the approved prospectus will be kept on file in the department.
  • Agreement by two faculty members to serve in primary and secondary advisory roles for the project.

Further information on the Honors in History Degree Option is available here (.pdf format). Application materials are available here (.pdf format).