TO GRADUATE WITH A MAJOR IN HISTORY, students must complete 33 credits of courses (at least 18 at Rutgers), taking the department’s core and required course, Perspectives in History (50:509:299), as soon as they can. Perspectives will teach history majors the following skills: 1. how to analyze primary sources; 2. how to read secondary sources in a critical manner; 3. how to cite sources properly; 4. how to write to the expectations of the discipline of history; 5. how to construct an historical argument; 6. how to evaluate the integrity, reliability, and usefulness of disparate sources; and 7. how to conduct independent research.
Of the remaining 30 credits for the history major, 18 credits must be from upper-division courses (300-level and above). A maximum of 12 credits may be from 100- and 200-level courses, but no more than 6 credits can be counted from Western Civilization I and II (510:101 and 510:102) and Development of US I and II (512:201 and 512:202).
There is also a distribution requirement for these credits: no fewer than 3 credits must be from each geographical area of 510 (European history), 512 (American history), and 516 (African, Asian, Latin American, and comparative history).
Students who sign up for the major after May 31, 2014 will be required to take at least one 3-credit 300- or 400-level course from each of the three geographical categories (510, 512, & 516).
History internships and courses offered in the university’s Honors College may also count toward the major, with the department chair’s permission.
If students wish, they may take more than 33 credits of history. Students who would like to immerse themselves in reading and research should consider finding a faculty member to supervise their work in the department’s honors course in history (509:495), to be taken in addition to the 33 credits demanded of the major.
Those students seeking certification in teaching should be aware that a requirement is to take a course from a selection dealing with human and intercultural relations. Several history courses may be counted for this purpose and for the history major.
Grades lower than C do not count toward fulfillment of the history major requirement.
All History majors should be sure to meet with Laurie Bernstein, department chair, to discuss their course of study. All students with any questions about our course offerings, majoring in history, or about transferring credit received for history courses taken at other schools can contact Dr. Bernstein by phone (856-225-2716) or by email. Students should always feel free to drop in during her office hours in room #202, 429 Cooper Street. In Spring 2014, Dr. Bernstein will be holding office hours on Tuesdays from 11 am-12 noon and 1:30-3 pm, on Wednesdays from 9-11 am, and on Thursdays from 8-9 am and 11 am-12 noon. She is also available by appointment.
Courses may be counted toward both Major and General Requirements. No course, however, may fulfill two categories of General Requirements. (If you use any course for both Major and General Requirements, be sure to count the credits only once toward the degree total.)