Department Information

Chair:
Randi Storch, Department Chair
Old Main, Room 212-B
Phone: 607-753-2723
Fax: 607-753-5598
Email:
Randi.storch@cortland.edu
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Program Details

History [HIS] (Major)

In addition to the required 100-level history courses in Western Civilization or World History and the 200-level American history survey courses, all students must take HIS 290 (research methods), HIS 490 (a research seminar) and at least 18 credit hours of 300-level or above history classes with a minimum of three credit hours in each of the four categories and no more than six credit hours in any of the four categories listed here.

  • United States
  • Europe
  • Asia/Latin America/Africa/Middle East
  • Global/Transnational

For more information, contact the History Department.

Note: The bachelor of arts degree requires intermediate level (202) proficiency in a foreign language.

Career Potential

  • Public history (museum, archives)
  • Professional school, such as law or social work
  • College history teacher
  • Business

Required Courses: 36 credit hours

A. 18 credit hours

  • Choose one sequence:

  • HIS 100 - The World to 1500 (3 cr. hr.) and
  • HIS 101 - The World Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
    or
  • HIS 110 - Western Civilization to 1715 (3 cr. hr.) and
  • HIS 111 - Western Civilization since 1715 (3 cr. hr.)
    and
  • HIS 200 - The United States to 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 201 - The United States Since 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 290 - Historical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 490 - Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
B. Europe, including Russia, 300 level or above (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 318 - The History of Women in Modern Europe (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 333 - Russia, 850-1894 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 334 - Russia Since 1894 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 342 - Ancient Greece (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 343 - Roman History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 344 - Medieval Europe: 300-1050 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 345 - Medieval Europe: 1050-1300 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 346 - Renaissance and Reformation (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 347 - Modern Europe: The French Revolution to World War I (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 348 - Europe Since 1914 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 349 - Central Europe 1789-1918 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 361 - Jews in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 440 - Britain to 1688 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 441 - Britain Since 1688 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 442 - Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 444 - France, 1715-1799: The Old Regime and French Revolution (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 445 - France 1800-1945 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 447 - Germany since 1815 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 448 - Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 452 - War and Diplomacy: World War I (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 453 - War and Diplomacy: World War II (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 460 - The Holocaust (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 465 - The Soviet Union, 1917-1953 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 532 - Issues in European History Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 538 - Teaching About Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (3 cr. hr.)
C. Africa/Asia/Latin America/Middle East, 300 level or above (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 321 - Africa, Human Origins to 1800 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 322 - Modern Africa, 1800-Present (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 325 - Colonial Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 326 - Modern Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 383 - Chinese Civilization (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 384 - Modern China (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 385 - History of Japan (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 386 - Modern East Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 431 - South Africa (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 461 - Modern Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 531 - Issues in African History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 533 - Issues in Asian History (3 cr. hr.)
D. United States, 300 level or above (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 300 - Colonial America, 1450-1750 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 302 - Revolutionary America, 1750-1789 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 303 - The American Republic, 1789-1840 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 304 - The American Republic: 1840-1877 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 306 - The United States: 1877-1920 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 307 - The United States 1920-Present (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 309 - New York State (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 310 - American Intellectual and Cultural History to 1865 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 311 - American intellectual and Cultural History Since 1865 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 312 - African-American History to 1865 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 313 - African-American History Since 1865 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 315 - History of the American West (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 317 - Women in the United States (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 415 - History of American Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 419 - U.S. Radicalism (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 420 - U.S. Labor and Film (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 421 - U.S. Labor and Working-Class History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 428 - The Civil Rights Movement in America (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 430 - The Vietnam War (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 509 - Issues in New York State History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 523 - History of the American West (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 525 - Issues in the U.S. Civil War (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 528 - Issues in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 530 - Issues in African-American History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 545 - Issues in Women's History (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 550 - Issues in Early-American History (3 cr. hr.)
E. Global/Transnational, 300 level or above (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 328 - Global History of the Spanish Civil War (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 402 - History of Latin American-U.S. Relations (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 422 - History of U.S. Latinos (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 432 - World Environmental History (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the B.A. in History over four years

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 100 - The World to 1500 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 110 - Western Civilization to 1715 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 200 - The United States to 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 101 - The World Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 111 - Western Civilization since 1715 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 201 - The United States Since 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Foreign language
  • Upper level history
  • Upper level history or
  • HIS 290 - Historical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Foreign language
  • Upper level history
  • Upper level history or
  • HIS 290 - Historical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Quantitative Skills
  • GE course
  • Upper level history
  • Upper level history or elective
  • Elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Upper level history
  • Upper level history
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
    HIS 490 - Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
    or upper level history
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • HIS 490 - Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
    or upper level history