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When you major in History, you explore the making of today’s world. Your starting point might be the distant or the near past; your focus might be the U.S. or another region; your perspective might be political, social, military, or one of many other approaches. The end result will be a greater understanding of the past, of historical change, and of the historical context of today’s global challenges.

At JU, the members of the History faculty each teach classes in four or more advanced topics, and if you have an interest not in the curriculum the faculty will work with you on an independent study. You will see your skills at analysis and writing develop, which will serve you well inside or outside of a career in history. To pursue engaged learning at its fullest, you will have opportunities for internships, study abroad, and presentation of your research at state and national conferences.

*The requirements below apply to the current catalog year. Students should always confirm requirements for their Catalog Year with their academic advisor.*


​Code ​Course ​Credit
HIST 150 The Modern World
(meets a Core Curriculum requirement)
​HIST 165 Western Civilization to 18th Century 3
HIST 206 ​History of the United States to 1865 ​3
​HIST 207 ​History of the United States from 1865 ​3
​HIST 300WI ​The Technique of History ​3
​HIST xxx Additional 21 credits of history courses at the 300-400 level 21
XX xxx Any speech intensive (SI) course 3
​Total ​39

History Major Important Notes:

  • History majors are advised to complete HIST 150, HIST 165, HIST 206 and HIST 207 before enrolling in 300-400 level history courses.
  • History majors are advised to take HIST 300WI in the fall semester of their senior year.


​Code Course​ Credit​
​HIST 150 ​The Modern World
(meets a Core Curriculum requirement)
​HIST xxx Additional 12 credits of history courses;
at least 9 credit hours at the 300-400 level​
​Total 15


Students who plan to teach History on the secondary level should consult with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.