Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global History, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education for student's pursuing teacher certification. Students interested in teacher certification should contact the student affairs advisor in the College of Education. A Minor in Defense Studies and Leadership is also available.
 


Global History

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global History

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Global History.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Global History major is met by completing one of the following courses:  History 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, or 489. Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following course (3 credits):
    HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
    b. Two of the following courses (8 credits):
    HST 140 World History to 1500 4
    HST 150 World History since 1500 4
    HST 205 The Ancient Mediterranean and the Medieval World 4
    HST 206 European History since 1500 4
    HST 208 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society 4
    HST 209 Traditional East Asia 4
    HST 210 Modern East Asia 4
    HST 211 Colonial Latin America 4
    HST 212 National Latin America 4
    c. Three courses at the 300-400 level focused on one of the following geographic areas:  Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America. The courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. (9 credits) 
    d. Two courses at the 300-400 level focused on a geographic area other than the area chosen in item c. above. The courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. (6 credits)
    e. One 3-credit senior seminar course chosen from HST 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, or 488. The course must be related to the area of historical concentration chosen in item c. above. Completion of this requirement satisfies both the department’s Tier II writing and capstone requirement.
    f. Completion of one experiential learning course, a history study abroad or study away course, an internship with a historical focus (HST 493), or an additional senior seminar course focused on any area of the world or topic not used in fulfillment of requirement e. above. The course must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. (3 credits)
    g. Completion of an area studies minor appropriate to the geographical area of concentration referenced in requirement c. above. History courses taken in the minor may also be used to fulfill requirements in the major.
    h. Second-year competency in a foreign language related to the geographical area of concentration reference in item c. above. This requirement may be satisfied by placing into a 300-level foreign language course based on a Michigan State University placement test. 


 

History

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the History major is met by completing one of the following courses:  History 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, or 489.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major (36 credits):
                   
    a. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
    HST 201H Historical Methods and Skills for Honors Students 3
    b. Three of the following courses (12 credits):
    HST 140 World History to 1500 4
    HST 150 World History since 1500 4
    HST 202 U.S. History to 1876 4
    HST 203 U.S. History since 1876 4
    HST 205 The Ancient Mediterranean and the Medieval World 4
    HST 206 European History since 1500 4
    HST 208 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society 4
    HST 209 Traditional East Asia 4
    HST 210 Modern East Asia 4
    HST 211 Colonial Latin America 4
    HST 212 National Latin America 4
    c. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
    HST 481 Seminar in Ancient History (W) 3
    HST 482 Seminar in Medieval History (W) 3
    HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
    HST 484 Seminar in African History (W) 3
    HST 485 Seminar in Asian History (W) 3
    HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3
    HST 487 Seminar in Comparative History (W) 3
    HST 488 Seminar in International Relations (W) 3
    HST 489 Seminar in Digital History (W) 3
    The completion of this requirement satisfies the department's capstone course requirement. With the prior approval of the undergraduate advisor and internship coordinator, an internship taken for at least 3 credits may be substituted for the capstone course requirement.
    Exception: credits in History 490 or 499H may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    d. Twelve credits in History courses at the 300-400 level.
    e. Three additional credits in a History course.
    f. At least two courses totaling 6 credits from at least three of the following geographical areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin American, the United States, or the world. This requirement may be fulfilled by the courses referenced in items 3. b. through 3. e.
    g. At least two courses totaling 6 credits whose emphasis is on the period before 1800. This requirement may be fulfilled by the courses referenced in items 3. b. through 3. e.
    h. At least two courses totaling 6 credits whose emphasis is on the period after 1800. This requirement may be fulfilled by the courses referenced in items 3. b. through 3. e.


History Education

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History Education

1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the History Education major is met by completing one of the following courses:  History 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, or 488.  Those courses are referenced in item 3.c. below.
2. Students in the History Education major are not required to complete the College of Social Science requirements referenced under the heading Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in the the College of Social Science section of this catalog.
3. The following requirements for the major:
a. All of the following courses (22 credits):
HST 140 World History to 1500 4
HST 150 World History since 1500 4
HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
HST 202 U.S. History to 1876 4
HST 203 U.S. History since 1876 4
HST 320 History of Michigan 3
b. One 300-400 level history course that is not on the United States. The course must be approved by the student's academic advisor and may not have been used to fulfill any other requirement.
c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
HST 481 Seminar in Ancient History (W) 3
HST 482 Seminar in Medieval History (W) 3
HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
HST 484 Seminar in African History (W) 3
HST 485 Seminar in Asian History (W) 3
HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3
HST 487 Seminar in Comparative History (W) 3
HST 488 Seminar in International Relations (W) 3
d. Two 300-400 level history courses approved by the student's academic advisor. These courses may not be used to fulfill any other requirement.
4. All of the following courses (9 credits);
GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3
GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
GEO 330 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
5. A secondary disciplinary teaching minor chosen from the list of approved secondary education minors for teacher certification. Refer to the Teacher Certification section of the Department of Teacher Education (20 to 26 credits)
6. All of the following courses (20 or 21 credits):
TE 150 Reflections on Learning 3
TE 250 Human Diversity, Power and Opportunity in Social Institutions 3
TE 302 Learners and Learning in Contexts - Secondary (W) 4
TE 407 Teaching Subject Matter to Diverse Learners - Secondary (W) 5
TE 408 Crafting Teaching Practice - Secondary (W) 5
Students whose teaching major and minor are in different subject matter are also required to complete the following course:
TE 409 Crafting Teaching Practices in the Secondary Teaching Minor 1


Minor in Defense Studies and Leadership

The Minor in Defense Studies and Leadership, which is administered by the Department of History, provides students with a broad perspective on the military with analysis of all service branches of the Armed Forces from a historical and social scientific perspective. It also prepares current cadets for active duty service.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of History.

Requirements for the Minor in Defense Studies and Leadership

               
Students must complete 22 credits from the following:  
1. One course from each of the following groups (4 credits):  
  a. AS 111 Foundation of the United States Air Force I 1
    MS 110 Army Leadership and Officer Development 1
  b. AS 112 Foundation of the United States Air Force II 1
    MS 120 Introduction to Army Leadership and Problem-Solving 1
  c. AS 211 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I 1
    MS 210 Values and Ethics of Army Leaders 1
  d. AS 212 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II 1
    MS 220 Challenges in Army Leadership 1
2. One of the following groups of courses (6 credits):  
  a. AS 321 Air Force Leadership Studies I 3
    AS 322 Air Force Leadership Studies II 3
  b. MS 310 Leading and Problem Solving in Army Units 3
    MS 320 Army Small Unit Tactics and Leadership 3
3. One of the following groups of courses (6 credits):  
  a. AS 421 National Security Affairs 3
    AS 422 National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty 3
  b. MS 410 Adaptive Army Leadership 3
    MS 420 Army Leadership in a Complex World 3
4. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  HST 304 The American Civil War 3
  HST 326 United States Foreign Relations Since 1914 3
  HST 328 Military History of the United States 1900-Present 3
  HST 390 History of International Relations 3
  HST 395 The Social History of War 3
  HST 414 World War II: Causes, Conduct and Consequences 3
5. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  CJ 422 Comparative and Historical Criminal Justice 3
  CJ 439 Homeland Security 3
  CJ 473 Comparative Constitutional Law 3
  PLS 140 Government and Politics of the World 3
  PLS 344 Politics in the Third World 3
  PLS 362 Foreign Policy 3
  PLS 363 International Political Conflict 3
  PSY 255 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
  SOC 331 Political Sociology 3

Minor in The City: Environment, Design, and Society

The Minor in The City: Environment, Design, and Society, administered by the Department of History, is designed to assist students in understanding the social and environmental context of cities in the modern world in order to apply their learning in careers in various social science fields. 

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Social Science. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult their major undergraduate advisor in the College of Social Science.

Requirements for the Minor in The City: Environment, Design, and Society

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:

1. The following course (3 credits):
UP 100 The City 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ANP 426 Urban Anthropology 3
GEO 413 Urban Geography 3
GEO 418 The Ghetto 3
PLS 302 Urban Politics 3
SOC 375 Urban Sociology 3
UP 201 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 4
UP 488 The Sustainable and Climate Resilient City 3
3. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
CSUS 447 Community Economic Development 3
IDES 140 Design for Living 3
IDES 458 Green Building and Housing 3
LA 200 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3
MC 347 Urban and Regional Development 4
TE 351 Urban Education 3
4. The following capstone course (3 credits):
HST 396 The City and its Discontents: Perspectives Past and Present 3