History majors must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of History classes (10 3-credit courses)
- 18 of these credit hours must be completed on the IU Bloomington campus.
- 18 credit hours must be at the 300–400 level.
- HIST-H270 What is History
HIST-H270, the gateway course for our majors, introduces you to the practice of history and gives you a compass to approach the “foreign country” that is the past. It also builds community with your fellow majors, with whom you will work in more classes in the future.
The history courses you take as a major range from large lecture courses to small seminars. In all of them, you build knowledge and develop a sense of what’s at stake in studying and researching the past. You can choose freely from a truly global selection of topics and time periods. The only restriction is the following:
- At least one course in pre-1750 History
- At least one course in post-1750 U.S. or European History
- At least one course in post-1750 non-U.S./European or World History
- HIST-J400 Seminar in History
- HIST-J425 History Capstone Seminar
The most distinctive, challenging, and often the most rewarding elements of the major are the two required research seminars. In the J400 and the J425 you gain sustained practice in historical research as you explore topics of your choice.
Students are also encouraged to take a HIST-J300 seminar, which fulfills the College of Arts & Sciences’ Intensive Writing requirement.