Major Requirements History Furman University

To graduate with a degree in history, students should successfully complete at least nine courses based on when they declared as a major. One first year seminar taught by a member of the history department may also contribute to the major, but will not be considered one of the three required foundation courses. All exceptions to major requirements must be approved by the department chair.

  • Requirements for majors who declared during or after Fall 2013

      For the Class of 2017 and thereafter, the requirements for a major in History are as follows:

      A major in history consists of at least nine courses and must include:

      • a foundation course in European history: HST-101, 102, 103, or 104. (This requirement can also be satisfied by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP European History exam.)
      • a foundation course in North American history: HST-121 or 122. (This requirement can also be satisfied by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP US History exam.)
      • a foundation course on the history of Africa, Asia, or Latin America: HST-141,142, 145, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 161, 162, 165, or 166.
      • at least four advanced courses (i.e. courses numbered between HST-200 and 399).
      • a senior seminar: HST-475.
      • at least one other elective history course of any kind.
      • at least one of the nine course required must focus on the study of "pre-modern" history: HST-101, 102, 103, 141, 155, 161, 165, 201, 203, 206, 207, 208, 251, and certain travel study courses, depending on their specific focus. Two different versions of HST-209 can also meet this requirement dependent on the topics considered.

      Majors must complete at least one history course that is designated "pre-modern." Consult the university catalog for appropriate courses.

      One first year seminar taught by a member of the history department may contribute to the major as the one additional history course, but no more than two of the following may contribute to the major requirements overall: seminar, HST-100, 120 or 130.

      Majors wishing to pursue a career in teaching social studies should consult the catalog for additional requirements.

  • Requirements for majors who declared before Fall 2013​

      A major in history consists of at least nine courses and must include:

      • a foundation course in European history
      • a foundation course in North American history
      • a foundation course in the history of Africa, Asia, or Latin America
      • at least three advanced history courses (i.e. courses numbered between HST-200 and 399)
      • a senior seminar: HST-475
      • at least two additional courses in the department

      Majors must complete at least one history course that is designated "pre-modern."

      Majors wishing to pursue a career in teaching social studies must complete the following courses, in addition to the prescribed courses for the major:

      • EDU-111, 120, 221, 350, 453, 460, 472
      • EDEP-670
      • Further requirements for certification in social studies include: HST-237, ECN-111, GGY-230, PSC-101 and 102, PSY-111, SOC-101 or 102, ANT-101

      The requirements for certification (teaching internship) will be completed on a post-baccalaureate, graduate credit basis, with the student becoming eligible for certification at the end of fall term following graduation. Refer to the Education section of the Furman University Catalog for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program and other pertinent information.








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