In addition to completing the requirements listed on the curriculum sheet, a history major must provide an essay examination, a book review, a research paper, and one additional paper for a portfolio (all produced in history classes) that will be maintained in the Department of History. The essay examination should be from an upper-division course. The book review should include:

  • a title page
  • bibliographic entry at the beginning
  • content analysis and evaluation with a minimum of 1,000 words, typed in a 10-12 font, double-spaced, and one-inch margins

The research paper will be based on primary or secondary sources with a minimum of 3,500 words, typed in a 10-12 font, double-spaced with end notes or footnotes, bibliographic entries based on Chicago Manual of Style, a title page, and one-inch margins. A second paper from an upper-division class is also to be included of at least 1,500 words.

Students transferring 20 or more semester hours in history to Youngstown State University from another institution must meet the group requirements to obtain a major in History for graduation. At least five of the courses in Groups B, C, and D (see curriculum sheet) must be taken at Youngstown State University.

It is recommended that the student in choosing electives should acquire as broad a background as possible in the social sciences and the humanities. Particular attention is called to courses offered by the departments of English, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Art, Music, Geography, and Sociology, and to the humanities courses. Students contemplating graduate work in history should consider taking more foreign language courses than the minimum necessary to meet the general degree requirement. Finally, the student is reminded that the Department of History takes seriously the University's emphasis on the importance of adequate competence in the English language (See Proficiency in English, in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Undergraduate Catalog); when there is need, students majoring in history should include in their programs advanced composition courses and courses in speech.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective3
Major Requirements
Group A - Survey Courses
Select one of the following Sections:12
Section 1:
World Civilization to 1500
World Civilization from 1500
Turning Points in United States History 1
Turning Points in United States History 2
Section 2:
Honors World Civilization to 1500
Honors World Civilization from 1500
Honors Turning Points in United States History 1
Honors Turning Points in United States History 2
Select eight courses from the following with no more than three from each group:24
Group B - American History
American Military History
The Atlantic World 1
Early America
Age of Jefferson and Jackson
Age of Lincoln and Grant
Incorporation of America, 1877-1919
United States in Crisis: 1920-1945
Cold War America: 1945-1990
Introduction to Historic Preservation
Constitutional History of the United States
History of American Sports
History of Women in the United States
The Black Experience in American History
History of African American Mayors
History of Organized Crime in the United States
History of American Cities
The Vietnam War 1
Diplomatic History of the United States 1
Diplomatic History of the United States 2
Labor in United States History
The History of American Business
History of Appalachia
History of Ohio
The Second World War
Select Problems in American History
Practicum in Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Internship
American Material Culture
American Architectural History 1
American Architectural History 2
Conservation of the Historic Built Environment
Group C - European History
History of Jewish Labor
Ancient History 1
Ancient History 2
Early Medieval Civilization
High Medieval Civilization
History of Medicine
Renaissance Europe
The Reformation Era
The Age of Louis XIV
The French Revolution and Napoleon (1789-1815)
The Second World War
Modern France, 1815 to Present
Modern Europe, 1715 to the Present
Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the Franco-Prussian War (1815-1871)
Europe from the Franco-Prussian War to World War I
Europe from World War I to the Present
Modern Germany
Global Environmental History: Topics and Methods 1
Russia to 1855
Russia 1855 to Present 1
History of Eastern Europe
History of the Balkans
Britain and Its Empire 1: 1688-1870
Britain and Its Empire 2: 1870-Present
The Mediterranean World: Modern Italy, 1815-Present
History of Women in Europe
The Holocaust
Medieval Britain
The First World War
International Area Study 1
Select Problems in European History
Group D - Transnational History
The Atlantic World 1
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Mexico and the Caribbean
The Vietnam War
History of African-United States Relations
History of Modern Africa
History of South Africa
Asia to 1500
History of Modern China
Global Environmental History: Topics and Methods
Global Industrial Revolution
History of Modern Japan
Russia 1855 to Present 1
Jewish History
The World since 1945
Genocide and Mass Murder
Middle East 1: The Islamic Centuries
Middle East 2: The Modern Period
International Area Study
Select Problems in Transnational History
Capstone
HIST 4870Senior Research Seminar3
Total Semester Hours = 39 s.h.
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No course can count in more than one group. Courses may count in only one category. Six courses in Groups B, C, and D must be at 3700 level or higher.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
HIST 1511
World Civilization to 1500
or World Civilization from 1500
3
HIST 2605
Turning Points in United States History 1
or Turning Points in United States History 2
3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Foreign Language 1550 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
HIST 1511
World Civilization to 1500
or World Civilization from 1500
3
HIST 2605
Turning Points in United States History 1
or Turning Points in United States History 2
3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Foreign Language 2600 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
HIST 37XX Gr B America 3
HIST 37XX Gr C Europe 3
Minor 15XX/26XX course 3
HUM 15XX/26XX 3
Foreign Language 2605 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
HIST 37XX Gr C Europe 3
HIST 37XX Gr D Transnational 3
Minor 15XX/26XX course 3
HUM/NS 15XX/26XX 4
Foreign Language 3702 4
 Semester Hours17
Year 3
Fall
HIST 37XX Gr B America 3
HIST 37XX Gr D Europe 3
Minor 37XX course 3
NS 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
HIST 37XX Gr C or B 3
Minor 37XX course 3
HUM 15XX/26XX 3
NS+Lab 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
HIST 37XX Gr B or D 3
Minor 37XX course 3
Elective 1-3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours13-15
Spring
HIST 4870 Senior Research Seminar 3
Minor 37XX course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours120-122