You may turn in a Major Declaration Form to the History Department (King Juan Carlos Center - 53 Washington Square South, Floor 4E). You may also submit the form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**We have updated our History Requirements**
Students matriculating in Fall 2017, and current students who wish to, will follow the below requirements. Current students may choose to continue to follow our past history major requirements.
Requirements for the History Major (Updated Summer 2017):
- A minimum of 36 points in history (typically 9 courses) with a grade of C or better in each course. (No pass/fail courses may count towards the Major or Minor.)
- History 101 (HIST-UA 101) ~ Historical Interpretation
- At least 5 advanced-level history courses (course # HIST-UA 100 or above).
- 1 course in each of the three geographic areas: US, European & Non-Western.
- 2 Pre-1800 courses.
- 1 Capstone Seminar.
- One course can count towards no more than 2 geographical or temporal requirements.
- Students can fulfill the geographical requirements at any course level.
History 101 (HIST-UA 101): Historical Interpretation
- This course introduces majors to the core skills, methods, and approaches of the discipline. Beginning from Fall 2014, it now teaches this key disciplinary content, such as reading primary sources and analyzing historical arguments, through a series of case studies related to a particular theme (ie: revolutions, warfare, slavery, capitalism, etc). The goal of History 101 is to prepare our majors to succeed in more advanced seminars, including, eventually, a Capstone Seminar.
- History 101 will consist of both a lecture which will meet twice a week for 75 minutes; and a recitation section which will meet for 75 minutes per week.
- History 101 must be taken before a Capstone Seminar in history. Students may not take HIST-UA 101 concurrent with the Capstone Seminar.
- History 101 CANNOT fulfill the Geographic, Capstone Seminar or pre-1800 requirements.
- Transferred courses never count toward this requirement.
Introductory Courses (Below HIST-UA 100)
- 16 of the 36 points (4 classes) may be in introductory courses.
- Introductory Courses, usually broad and general, are useful to prepare students for courses that treat subjects in more depth and detail.
Advanced Courses (HIST-UA 100 & above)
- All 36 points of the history major may be in advanced courses, but 20 of the 36 points (5 classes) must be in advanced courses.
- Advanced courses examine themes or narrower subjects, usually over shorter periods of time, in greater depth and detail than introductory courses. Many of these courses have limited enrollments and require access codes before a student can register for them.
- History 101 counts as advanced in terms of requirements.
Geographic Requirements (1 advanced course required in each area)
- At least 1 course in each of the three geographical areas:
- European History Courses (Eastern / Western Europe & Russia)
- Non-Western History Courses (Africa, Asia, Latin America & Middle East)
Capstone Seminar (course number in the 400 range)
- One Capstone Seminar is required for the history major. Students must History 101 (HIST-UA 101) and be at least second-semester sophomores to enroll in a Capstone Seminar.
- Seminars are designed to offer students an opportunity to discuss a series of topics or issues around a table in an intimate setting of fewer than twenty students and a faculty director. Each student is expected to undertake a research project and make an oral presentation in class about some or all aspects of the project. The professor and fellow students critique each other’s work in progress and offer helpful suggestions and insights of their own.
- At the end of the semester, the student will submit a final paper to the professor who will then assess a grade based on the quality of the paper as well as class participation throughout the semester. This is not a lecture course and normally there are no mid-term or final examinations.
- The Capstone Seminar can double count towards the Geographic or pre-1800 requirements, as long as the student takes 9 courses total.
- Freshman Honors seminars and other seminars below HIST-UA 100 are not considered capstone advanced-level seminars.
- For Majors, we will allow up to 4 points of AP/IB/A-Level credit to count as one INTRO history course. (AP/IB/A-Level credit is not accepted for the minor.)
- To receive AP credit, you must have achieved a score of 4 or better on the AP test in AP European History, AP United States History, or AP World History.
- If AP/IB/A-Level credit is used toward the major, that student may only petition two other non-History or non-NYU course toward their major (including Liberal Studies courses).
- After the credits are accepted by CAS, they must be evaluated by the Assistant to the DUS or the DUS. A transfer student must take at least 6 history courses (24 points) in our department. 3 outside courses can be approved through the course petition process to be counted toward the major (see below).
Courses Outside of the History Department
- Courses cross-listed with the history department and HIST-UA courses taken during study abroad will count towards the history major. Due to the large number of cross-listed courses, if a student enrolled in a cross-listed class under the other department’s course number it is the student’s responsibility to prove that the course has been cross-listed (supply a syllabus or tell us the corresponding HIST-UA number).
- Courses that are not cross-listed with the history department must be approved by the DUS. Students can petition for up to three courses to count towards their major by turning in a course petition form and attached syllabus to the History Department. No course is guaranteed.
- If AP/IB/A-level credit is used toward the major, only one other non-History or non-NYU course may be petitioned. As previously mentioned, students must take at least 6 history courses in our department.
CORE Courses and Freshman Honors Seminars
- CORE courses (CORE-UA) and Freshman Honors Seminars (FRSEM-UA) can only count towards the history major if they are taught by a history professor.
- CORE courses (CORE-UA) and Freshman Honors Seminars (FRSEM-UA) can only count as introductory courses.
Liberal Studies Courses
- Three LS courses may be counted toward the major: Social Foundations I, II, and III. Students must take 5 advanced courses so only one more introductory course (below HIST-UA 100) course may be counted toward the major.
- Social Foundations I fulfills the Pre-1800 requirement as an introductory course.
- Social Foundations II fulfills the Introductory European requirement.
- Social Foundations III fulfuills an elective course.
Double Counting of Courses
- Up to 2 courses may be double counted between the history major and another major or minor, as long as this also adheres to the other department’s policy.
Internships (HIST-UA 980/981)
- Students who wish to engage in history related work in an agency or institute within or outside New York University (ie. UN agency, an archive, museum or library, philanthropy, a publishing house or an appropriate television program) may apply to the DUS for 2 points of course elective credit. Applications are available from the History office or on the website.
- Internships may not be used towards satisfying the field distribution requirements but are considered as advanced history electives.
- Students interested in an internship for credit must write a 250-word proposal on the nature of their internship and describe why it is historically relevant. They must submit this proposal with a letter from their internship supervisor confirming the internship and stating that they will give the student a proposed grade at the end of the semester.
- The student will maintain a daily log during the internship and must submit an 8 – 10 page paper at the end of the semester which can be a compilation of these daily logs or a more traditional thematic paper focusing on what was learned during the internship.
- Internships may be either paid or unpaid.
- Interns are expected to devote a minimum 4 hours a week for a 2 credit internship (56 total hours).
- 4-credit internships will only be approved under special circumstances, by petition to the DUS.
Independent Study (HIST-UA 997/998)
- Independent Studies may count towards the major if they are classified as HIST-UA and do not exceed a total of 8 points. They may also be used towards satisfying the field distribution requirement upon formal approval from the DUS. Such courses, however, cannot be counted towards satisfaction of History 101 or the Capstone Seminar.
- Students interested in undertaking independent study on a specific or specialized topic of their choice may do so by applying to the DUS for 2 or 4 points of course credit. Applications are available from the History office or on the website.
- The student will indicate a general area of interest and will need to obtain the agreement of a faculty supervisor. The student and faculty supervisor must consult each other on a regular basis, at least biweekly, and the grade for the course must be submitted by the supervisor to the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the last week of the term in which the student is registered.
Graduate Classes (HIST-GA)
- Undergraduate seniors with a history GPA of 3.5 or better may take some graduate level history courses. Consult the current course schedule and then seek permission to register from the instructor of the course and the DUS. In a few cases, a graduate course involving a research paper may be used to fulfill the Capstone Seminar requirement.