Course code for this program is HIST.
Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below.
(Note: These requirements took effect beginning with the 2011 summer term. Students who became history majors prior to that term may fall under previous major requirements and should consult one of the department’s undergraduate advisors to determine which requirements to follow.)
Total Hours. Students must complete 42 hours in history courses with grades of C- or better. Of those 42 hours, 24 must be at the upper division. Students should complete the required 1000-level survey courses, HIST 1800, and HIST 3020 before the end of their sophomore year and before they enroll in any 4000-level history classes.
Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours
Any additional 3000-level seminars can fulfill requirements that normally are fulfilled by 4000-level courses.
Lower- or Upper-division Elective Requirement
Historical Period Requirement
Included in the 42 hours earned to complete the major requirements must be 6 hours in courses whose focus falls primarily before 1800 and 6 hours in courses whose focus falls primarily after 1800. 2000-level non-major HIST courses cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. (The department maintains a list of courses broken down by geographic areas and historical periods.)
Ancillary Written Communication Requirement
In addition to the history requirements listed above and a minimum of 42 credits in history, students must complete one of the following lower-division written communication courses with a grade of C- or better:
NOTE: Under normal circumstances, no more than 45 credit hours in history may be used toward a student’s total University of Colorado graduation requirements. Students must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the major in order to graduate. Students may receive credit for HIST 1020 and/or HIST 1025 and/or 3 lower-division elective HIST credits by obtaining a score of four or better on the high school Advanced Placement history test(s). Some types of International Baccalaureate credit are acceptable; consult one of the major advisors to determine individual applicability. The CLEP test is not accepted for credit.
All students majoring in history must complete at least 12 credit hours of upper-division history in courses taught by the CU-Boulder faculty. In addition, HIST 1800, HIST 3020, and the 3000-level Senior Seminar must be successfully completed on the CU-Boulder campus with a C-or better.
Students should consult the Four-Year Guarantee Requirements for further information on eligibility for the four-year guarantee. The concept of “adequate progress” as it is used here only refers to maintaining eligibility for the four-year guarantee; it is not a requirement for the major. To maintain adequate progress in history, students must consult a history advisor each semester, but the following plan provides a rough outline of acceptable progress:
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours
Freshman Year: total 9
Sophomore Year: total 12
Junior Year: total 12
Senior Year: total 12
Grand total all terms: 45
The current requirements are as follows:
2000-level HIST courses and courses taken for core curriculum credit are applicable to the minor. 4000-level courses may be used to fulfill both upper-division hours and geographic area hours.
HIST 3020 and all 3000-level Senior Seminars are restricted to history majors. 3000-level courses may occasionally be taken by minors if the course is not full as of the second week of drop-add and/or you have written permission from the instructor. See the history academic advisor at history.colorado.edu/undergraduates/advising to register.
For a worksheet to help you with your minor planning, go to history.colorado.edu/sites/default/files/HIST_minor_tracking_sheet.pdf. (Note: this form is not interactive and must be printed.)
If you are not a history minor and would like to become one, please make an appointment to see the history undergraduate advisor at history.colorado.edu/undergraduates/advising.
Students wishing to pursue graduate work in history leading to candidacy for an advanced degree should read carefully requirements for advanced degrees in the Graduate School section. The following are special departmental requirements. Additional information should be obtained from the Department of History.
Admission Requirements. For purposes of admission to the graduate program, the general Graduate Record Examination is required and a score in the 85th percentile or above on the verbal component is generally expected.
Prerequisites. As general preparation for graduate work in history, a broad liberal arts education, as well as a major in history, are desirable, though not specifically required. Candidates for graduate degrees may be required to pursue such fundamental courses in history as the department deems necessary to provide a suitable historical background.
Residence. While it is possible to obtain the MA degree in two full semesters of residence, more time is generally necessary.
Degree Requirements. A total of 24 credit hours of course work plus 6 hours of MA thesis, or 30 credit hours of course work without a thesis, is required for the degree. A comprehensive examination must be passed in the field of study before the degree is granted.
Prerequisites. Students who wish to work toward the PhD degree in history must indicate knowledge of certain fields of history, acquaintance with the fundamental tools of historical scholarship, and the ability to do original work. The PhD program does not require the completion of a master’s degree, but directly admits those qualified applicants who hold an undergraduate history degree or who have completed appropriate undergraduate history preparation and who have been recommended by the graduate admissions committee.
Residence. At least three years of graduate study, two of which must be spent in residence, are required for the PhD degree.
Degree Requirements. A total of 45 postbaccalaureate credit hours, at least 30 of which must be taken at this university, and a dissertation are required for the degree. A minimum of one foreign language is required; however, students must be able to use those languages essential to research and advanced study in their respective fields. In addition, as required by the Graduate School, those students pursuing a PhD should complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of dissertation work beyond the minimum course work requirement.
A comprehensive written and oral examination, a dissertation which is an original contribution to knowledge, and an oral -examination on the dissertation must be successfully completed.