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  • History

    The history department fosters a learning experience that stands apart from newer modes of instruction at large universities. Amid the shift to larger classes, televised lectures and machine-gradable exams, history faculty have chosen to follow a more traditional path. The department’s emphasis on small courses, analytical reading, lively debate, and interpretative writing offers committed students unique rewards. It also comes with high expectations.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    The history major focuses on the development of three related skill sets critical to professional success in today’s complex world:

    • Writing: History is a writing-intensive discipline. Although assignments vary by course, students will be taught a set of critical skills and research techniques that will help them gather and analyze sources and then marshal the evidence in the presentation of coherent historical arguments.
    • Critical analysis: In the typical upper-division course, students read an average of 75 to 125 pages each week. Students will be expected to synthesize the material effectively and come to class prepared to discuss the readings.
    • Oral communication: Rather than merely recounting facts from readings and lectures, students will develop their own interpretations of historical events and ideas and discuss them with their peers and professor. They will be expected to contribute actively in the classroom and will on occasion lead discussions and give short reports.
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    Coursework for the Major

    Required Coursework

    All history majors must complete a minimum of 36 credits in history with minimum grades of C. Majors must take a minimum of 21 credits of history at UF. History majors may enroll in a maximum of three history courses per semester.

    Requirements include:

    • HIS 3942 History Practicum, a methodological introduction to the study of history, should be taken in the first year in the major and it must be taken no later than Semester 5.
    • AMH / AFH / ASH / EUH / HIS / LAH / WOH 4930 History Research Seminar, is the capstone course of the major and normally taken in the senior year, although students who plan to write an honors thesis are encouraged to take the course as juniors. In this seminar, students produce a substantial research paper based on primary source research. Enrollment in the research seminar is restricted to majors. The History Research Seminar must be taken at UF.
    • 30 additional credits of history courses:
        • at least 21 of the 30 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level
        • At least 9 credits (three courses) in American history (AMH) and European history (EUH), with at least one course in AMH, one course in EUH, and one course in AMH or EUH
        • At least 9 credits (three courses) in AFH, ASH, LAH, or WOH, with a maximum of two courses under any one prefix.
        • The history research seminar may count toward the regional distribution, depending on the prefix of the course taken (AFH, AMH, ASH, EUH, LAH, or WOH).

    Prior to graduating, history majors complete an online exit survey.

    Only exam (AICE, AP, CLEP or IB) credits with course equivalencies for UF courses count toward the requirements for the major and then only at the 2000 level. AMH 0301, EUH 0301 and WOH 0301 do not count toward the major.

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    Recommended Coursework

    Majors are encouraged, but not required, to take a total of nine credits at the introductory 2000 level, including one course in American history (AMH), one course in European history (EUH), and one course in African, Asian, Latin American, or World history (AFH, ASH, LAH, WOH courses).

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    Combined Degree Program

    Majors who are interested in advanced training are encouraged to consider the 4/1 combined degree program.

    Research

    Majors are encouraged to consider advanced research opportunities in history. The department places special emphasis on participation in the history honors program.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Students are advised to take HIS 3942 in their first year as a history major, and it must be taken no later than Semester 5.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 history course at the 2000 level or above
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 additional history course at the 2000 level or above with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional history course at the 3000 level or above (recommended) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • By the end of semester 5, students must have completed 4 history courses: HIS 3942 History Practicum, two history courses at the 2000 level or above and one history course at the 3000 level or above
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).​

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    HIS 3942 History Practicum
    Recommended in the first year
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Foreign language 3-5
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Total 15-17
    Semester 2 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    Foreign language 3-5
    History course
    2000 level or above
    3
    Science laboratory
    GE-P or B
    1
    Total 13-15
    Semester 3 Credits
    Biological or Physical Science
    Area not taken in semester 2, GE-B or GE-P
    3
    History course 
    2000 level or above (GE-H)
    3
    Physical Science
    GE-P
    3
    Electives
    Or foreign language if 4-3-3 option
    6
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    Elective 6
    History course
    3000 level or above
    3
    Mathematics
    GE-M
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S, if AMH 2020 not taken in Semester 2 or 3
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    ​Elective​ 3​​
    History courses
    Two at 3000 level or above
    6
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    History courses
    Two at 3000 level or above
    6
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    AMH / AFH / ASH / EUH / HIS / LAH / WOH 4930 History Research Seminar​ 3​
    HIS 4970 Senior Thesis
    If honors candidate
    2
    Elective 3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    History course
    3000 level or above
    3
    Total 17
    Semester 8 Credits
    HIS 4970 Senior Thesis
    If honors candidate
    2
    Elective 1
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    History courses
    Two at 3000 level or above
    6
    Total 15
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    Related History Programs

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majors: history