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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 Western history
(history of United States, Canada, or Europe, including Russia)
8 cred
Upper-division History electives in non-Western history
(history of Africa, East Asia, Latin America, 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)

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).

 

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).