History Major

Note: The requirements for a history major are officially spelled out in the Undergraduate Catalog.  The following tables only present notes taken from that more precise document. See Gainful Employment data.

General Requirements

30 hours in History, including at least 24 hours above 100 level and at least 15 hours above 200 level.  History Majors may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree.

Specific Requirements

  • Western Civilization 3 hours: CIV 100; CIV 101 or CIV 102; CIV 111-112; these hours do not count toward the 30 hours in History  
  • Non-Western History 6 hours: Courses on the history of Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, or Russia; must include 3 hours at 300 level. Either His 103, 104, 105, or 107 and a 300-level course chosen from His 314, 331, 332, 334-339.  (NW history course taken for Gen Ed can be counted in this category)   
  • U.S. History 6 hours: Must include either 203 or 204 and 3 hours at 300 level chosen from His 300-306, 308-312
  • European History 6 hours: Must be at 300 level chosen from His 320-329, 340-342, 345, 346, 375, 382, 385 (Western Civ requirement must be completed before enrolling in a 300-level European History course)    
  • Electives 6 hours: Six additional hours of electives from the History curriculum.   
  • Methods 3 hours: HIS 350 history methods (prerequisites: three hours of history and junior standing)   
  • Research Seminar 3 hours: HIS 450, 451, or 452 research seminar (prerequisites: His 350 and senior standing)   
  • Cross-Cultural Component 6 hours: In addition to the 30 hours of HIS courses, all HIS and HSS-T majors must complete one of the four following options:
    1. An approved international study experience selected from a variety of Bradley programs including Study Abroad, international internships, Bradley Summer Semester abroad, and directed programs at selected international institutions. A minimum of 6 hours must be taken abroad, unless the student chooses to combine 3 hours of international study with one of the courses listed under category c below. (If a student studies abroad at one of the Bradley-directed Study Abroad programs other than the Bradley European Summer Semester, the requirement of 24 hours of the last 30 hours on campus is modified to 30 of the last 60 hours. Courses taken in a Bradley-directed program during the senior year will count towards fulfilling the requirements of having 24 of the last 30 semester hours on campus).
    2. Successful completion of the equivalent of 202 in any foreign language.
    3. At least 6 hours drawn from the following courses: AAS 200, 211, 300; HIS 304, 305, 316, 339, 375, 382; WMS 200, ENG 129, 190, 329, 330, 331, SOC 313, 314, 315. History courses in this category may also count towards the major. History majors can fulfill the cross-cultural requirement by taking one of the courses listed here plus three hours of Study Abroad credit.
    4. HSS-T students can fulfill this requirement through ETE 280 and one of the approved courses in category c, or through ETE 280 and three hours of international study credit.  

Teaching Certificate for Illinois

To earn a teaching certificate in Illinois, students must have 36 total hours in History, including 8 hours in U.S. History and 8 hours in European or World History; further requirements for a teaching certificate are spelled out in the Undergraduate Catalog under the Department of Teacher Education (Secondary Education).