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History students

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

 

EXPLORE THE PAST, SHAPE THE FUTURE

History majors at the University of Delaware explore the past while acquiring skills to shape the future. The major prepares graduates for successful careers in fields from consulting to government, education to the arts and from museums to management. Alums report that our program taught them to analyze complexity and prepared them to communicate their conclusions clearly and convincingly. Effective analysis of documents, objects and ideas from the past requires “historical empathy” — reading with an open mind in ways that foster deep understanding of the perspectives and motivations of others. This kind of open-mindedness prepares our students for more than career success. Students also learn to draw on the wisdom of the past to make meaningful lives for themselves as informed citizens and stewards of our evolving future.

Areas of study

  • History
  • European History
  • World History
  • American History
  • History Education

Career Options

  • Government
  • Law
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Writing & Journalism
  • Education
  • Consulting & Business
  • Education

Graduate Programs

  • History
  • Law School
  • International Relations
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Journalism
  • Museum Studies
  • Education

What’s special about this program?

 

From their first day in the classroom, history majors engage with the key issues, events and actors that have created the world we inhabit. Prize-winning teacher-scholars offer courses in a wide range of topics from medieval Europe to the modern Middle East, sports in Ancient Greece to assassins in American history. For the globally minded, history faculty play an important role in UD’s study abroad programs by leading trips to countries in Europe, South America and Africa.

 

Majors take their knowledge on the road during the summer, through internships or by winning competitive University support for summer research. Legally-minded graduates have consulted with the department’s pre-law advisor and gone on to study at law schools such as the College of William & Mary and Yale University. Other graduates have turned their undergraduate study of the past into successful careers in philanthropy, politics, education and countless other fields. For those seeking a direct path to employment, the history education program offers top-rated preparation for students who wish to become secondary school teachers upon graduation.

Get involved

Phi Alpha Theta

History Club

Honors College

History Day

Museum Studies

State Park Internships

Study Abroad

Undergraduate Research

U.S. History Scene Internship

B & O Railroad Museum Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

E. Lyman Stewart Internships

Alexander Fund Museum Studies Internships

Sample curriculum

 UNIV101

 

First Year Experience

ENGL100

 

Seminar in Composition

HIST101/103*/105

 

Europe & the World to 1648/World History to 1400/U.S. History to 1865

HIST102/104*/106

 

Europe & the World Since 1648/World History Since 1400/U.S. History Since 1865
   

MATH113 or 114/115/117

or 200-level or Higher

(with exceptions)

Mathematics Requirement (Dependent upon placement)

 

   
105/106/107 level

Foreign Language Requirement (Dependent upon placement)

 

 

 

University Breadth Requirement - Creative Arts & Humanities
 

University Breadth Requirement - History & Cultural Change

 

 

University Breadth Requirement - Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

 

University Breadth Requirement - Mathematics & Natural Sciences

 

 

* Satisfies the multi-cultural requirement

 

HIST268

Sophomore Seminar (DLE Requirement & Prerequisite for Senior Seminar)

 

HIST100/200-level Course*

 

 

 

HIST100/200-level Course*

 

 

 

107-level

 

Foreign Language Requirement (if not taken Freshman Year)
 

College Breadth Requirement - Group A

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group B

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group C

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group D

 

 

Elective Courses

 

 

 

* Satisfies the History Department's Before 1700 or Asian, African, Latin American or Middle Eastern requirement

HIST300-level Course*

 

 

HIST300-level Course*

 

 

 

HIST300-level Course*

 

 

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group A

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group C

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group D

 

 

Elective Courses

 

  * Satisfies the second writing requirement when offered and the History Department's History Before 1700 or Asian, African, Latin American or Middle Eastern requirement 
HIST300-level Course*

 

 

HIST400

 

Senior Seminar* (satisfies the University Capstone requirement)

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group A

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group C

 

 

College Breadth Requirement - Group D

 

 

Elective Courses

 

 

 

* Satisfies the second writing requirement when offered and the History Department's History Before 1700 or Asian, African, Latin American or Middle Eastern requirement

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