Students must complete a minimum of 126 credits for graduation. Core degree requirements are listed in the Academic Catalog.


Major Requirements

Major Requirements: 10 courses, 40 credits


  • HST-200 Gateway to the Past: The Historian's Craft

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    What does it mean to study history? Why is history a particularly valuable means of understanding human experiences and problems? Historians do more than acquire facts about people and societies of the past. Historians debate the past as they uncover new information, develop new interpretative frameworks, and ask new questions. This course introduces students to history as a method of thought and inquiry, the development of history as a discipline, and to new trends and methodologies in the field. Prerequisite: Must be a History Major with at least sophomore status.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Choose one of the following two-course sequences (8 credits):

  • HST-101 History of Western Civilization I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of European culture, politics, and society from antiquity to the seventeenth century, examining such topics as: the Greek, Judaic, and Roman heritage; the rise of Christianity; feudal society in the Middle Ages; Renaissance and Reformation; the Scientific Revolution; and the development of absolutist and constitutional governments.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-102 History of Western Civilization II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of European culture, politics, and society from the Scientific Revolution to the present, examining such topics as the development of absolutist and constitutional governments; the Enlightenment; the French Revolution; Industrialization and urbanization; nationalism and imperialism; World War I, World War II, and the Cold War; the decline of Europe as a world power.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Or

  • HST-121 World History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the civilizations of the ancient fertile Crescent, China, India, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, the rise of Islam, Africa, the Americas, the Chinese borderlands and medieval Europe from the beginning of history to 1500. We study the uniqueness and similarities of each civilization, how they interacted with each other, and how they changed over time. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-122 World History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of human civilizations from 1500 to the present. Course explores themes such as the development of new trading networks, including the slave trade, religious and intellectual innovation, the rise of nationalism and creation of nation-states, the democratic revolutions, imperialism and world war. We study social change such as gender and race relations; technological and scientific revolutions; and cultural achievements of all civilizations. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,BSBA SOCIAL CHANGE

Or

  • HST-149 Empires & Globalization in World History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is the first of the two-course series of Empires and Globalization in World History. Course discusses the origins and development of globalization and capitalism from the perspective of economic history. Major issues include the formation of the medieval trade system, the development of finance and capitalism in the early modern ages, and economic changes prior to the Industrial Revolution. The specific topics may change every year due to new academic developments and publications. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-150 Empires & Globalization in World History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is the second of the two-course series of Empires and Globalization in World History. Course discusses the origins and development of globalization and capitalism from the perspective of economic history. Major issues include state-making, wars, and the rivalry among early modern empires, economic development, the Industrial Revolution and the formation of the global trade system. The specific topics may change every year due to new academic developments and publications. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities Literature Requirement

Or

  • HST-181 American History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of American history from European colonization up through the era of the Civil War. Topics include interactions with Native Americans; slavery; the American Revolution; the founding of a new republic; social and economic developments in the early nineteenth century; expansion; party politics; sectional conflict; the Civil War and Reconstruction.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-182 American History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of American history from the 1870s to the present. Topics include the new industrial order; farmer and worker protests; progressivism; America's emergence as a world power; the two World Wars; the Great Depression; the New Deal; the Cold War; post-World War II American society; the Civil rights movement; Vietnam; dissent and counterculture in the 1960s; the women's movement; economic, social, and political changes in the late-twentieth century; America's relationship to a globalized world.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Majors must also complete 7 history courses at the 200-level or above (28 credits).

History Concentration

Students have the ability to engage in focused study in a particular area of history – American, European, African-American, Asian, women and gender, or public history – by taking at least 4 upper-level courses in one of those areas.

Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits

Choose one of the following 2-course sequences (8 credits):

 

  • HST-101 History of Western Civilization I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of European culture, politics, and society from antiquity to the seventeenth century, examining such topics as: the Greek, Judaic, and Roman heritage; the rise of Christianity; feudal society in the Middle Ages; Renaissance and Reformation; the Scientific Revolution; and the development of absolutist and constitutional governments.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-102 History of Western Civilization II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of European culture, politics, and society from the Scientific Revolution to the present, examining such topics as the development of absolutist and constitutional governments; the Enlightenment; the French Revolution; Industrialization and urbanization; nationalism and imperialism; World War I, World War II, and the Cold War; the decline of Europe as a world power.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Or

  • HST-121 World History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the civilizations of the ancient fertile Crescent, China, India, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, the rise of Islam, Africa, the Americas, the Chinese borderlands and medieval Europe from the beginning of history to 1500. We study the uniqueness and similarities of each civilization, how they interacted with each other, and how they changed over time. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-122 World History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of human civilizations from 1500 to the present. Course explores themes such as the development of new trading networks, including the slave trade, religious and intellectual innovation, the rise of nationalism and creation of nation-states, the democratic revolutions, imperialism and world war. We study social change such as gender and race relations; technological and scientific revolutions; and cultural achievements of all civilizations. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,BSBA SOCIAL CHANGE

Or

  • HST-149 Empires & Globalization in World History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is the first of the two-course series of Empires and Globalization in World History. Course discusses the origins and development of globalization and capitalism from the perspective of economic history. Major issues include the formation of the medieval trade system, the development of finance and capitalism in the early modern ages, and economic changes prior to the Industrial Revolution. The specific topics may change every year due to new academic developments and publications. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-150 Empires & Globalization in World History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is the second of the two-course series of Empires and Globalization in World History. Course discusses the origins and development of globalization and capitalism from the perspective of economic history. Major issues include state-making, wars, and the rivalry among early modern empires, economic development, the Industrial Revolution and the formation of the global trade system. The specific topics may change every year due to new academic developments and publications. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities Literature Requirement

Or

  • HST-181 American History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of American history from European colonization up through the era of the Civil War. Topics include interactions with Native Americans; slavery; the American Revolution; the founding of a new republic; social and economic developments in the early nineteenth century; expansion; party politics; sectional conflict; the Civil War and Reconstruction.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-182 American History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of American history from the 1870s to the present. Topics include the new industrial order; farmer and worker protests; progressivism; America's emergence as a world power; the two World Wars; the Great Depression; the New Deal; the Cold War; post-World War II American society; the Civil rights movement; Vietnam; dissent and counterculture in the 1960s; the women's movement; economic, social, and political changes in the late-twentieth century; America's relationship to a globalized world.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Choose 3 additional history courses at the 200-level and above (12 credits).

Honors

A student receiving honors in History will:

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.5, and a GPA of 3.7 in History courses
  • Complete a 20-35 page research paper under the direction of a member of the History faculty

A student wishing to pursue honors will:

  • Submit an application for honors, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation from History faculty, to the History chair in the semester before undertaking their honors paper
  • Meet regularly with a thesis advisor during the semester he or she writes the honors paper. Members of the History faculty will read and evaluate the candidate’s paper and determine if the candidate with receive honors in History.

Societies

Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, has had a presence at Suffolk in the form of its Theta Lambda Chapter since 1962. It is composed of both faculty and student members. Student membership is determined by the completion of at least 20 semester hours of History courses with an average of 3.6, plus a general cumulative average of 3.4. Transferred credits cannot be counted in the requirements. Invitations to membership are extended in the spring, and induction will take place at the annual reception for graduating History majors and minors at the end of April.