Department of History

Major in History


The Joint B.A. Degree Major Requirements

The major requires 39 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. 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 (either a History or non-History course).
   5. 15 additional credits in history, at least 12 of which must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

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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