Major in History


The Joint B.A. Degree Major Requirements

Please note that effective fall 2016, the number of credits required for the history major has changed from 39 to 36.

The major requires 36 credits of history courses with a grade of C or higher. These courses may include offerings at Rutgers (510 and 512 prefixes) or NJIT (Hist prefix). Each program is subject to approval by an advisor or by the chairperson of the department.

Specific requirements:
   1. 6 credits in introductory western civilization: R510:201 and R510:202. (NJIT students who transfer into the history major after fulfilling the GUR in cultural history with different courses may, at the discretion of their advisor, substitute other courses for R510:201 and R510:202.)
   2. 6 credits in any U.S. history courses (any level)
   3. 6 credits in any Asian, African, Latin American, or Comparative history courses (any level).
      The following 510 courses are examples of what fulfill this requirement: 207, 208, 263, 264, 286, 287, 288, 297, 298, 311, 312, 317, 325, 337, 338, 353, 354, 355, 356, 361, 365, 378, 379, 385 386, 394, 431, 432, 433, 441, 442, 449, 450.
   4. 3 credits in Perspectives in History (510:315 or 510:316). Note that Perspectives must be successfully completed before Seminar-Research.
   5. 6 credits in the two-semester History Seminar (510:489 and 510:490). Note that a prerequisite for enrolling in 510:490 is the completion of a Writing Intensive course (specifically Perspectives in History effective fall 2016).
   6. 9 additional credits in history, at least 6 of which must be taken at the 300-level or higher.

Students considering the history major are encouraged to contact the History Undergraduate Director or Chair at their university to discuss their interests and career options.

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