HISTORY - Dept. Code: HIS
History is the systematic study of the past. The study of history includes training in how to gather information, how to research issues and problems, how to analyze data and construct arguments, and how to communicate ideas in writing. These are essential skills, tools that are prized in the world beyond the university. A major in history is an excellent beginning and solid stepping stone to professional school and the business world. For goals ranging from law to journalism, and from medicine to the MBA, history serves as a versatile undergraduate major. Multinational businesses demand that their executives understand the peoples and cultures around them, and be able to communicate that understanding effectively. If an occupation demands critical thinking and analysis, a background in history is invaluable.
All history courses expose students to historical interpretation and critical analysis. Courses at the 100 and 200 levels are intended as introductions to broad fields of history and are open to students with no previous college-level history experience. All 300 level history courses are writing intensive, are graded principally through essay examinations and short papers, and count toward the fulfillment of the University of Miami writing across the curriculum requirement. l. Courses at the 400 level are programs of individual directed study. Permission of the instructor is required in each case, and such permission is normally given only to students who have completed a lower-level course with the faculty member in question. Courses at the 500 level require a 300 level history course as prerequisite. All 500 level courses deal extensively with the historiography of their particular subjects, and all require a written research project as a major component of the work of the course.
The major in History leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
A major in history consists of at least 30 credits in history with a grade of C- or better in each course, and with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in history courses. These credits may include history courses taken for general distribution requirements, and must include at least 18 credits at the 300 level or above, of which at least 6 credits must be taken in the form of 500-level seminars. (HIS599 Independent Research does not count). All courses for majors will be selected by students in consultation with advisors designated by the department.
Credits from other institutions may be counted toward the major or minor, and to general distribution requirements as appropriate, but departmental approval is required in each case. Students who complete the Advanced Placement course in either United States or European history and pass the examination with a grade of 4 or 5 may receive credit in the appropriate history courses. Students who complete the International Baccalaureate program and pass the higher level history examination with a grade of 6 or higher will receive 3 credits in the appropriate entry-level history course. (However, in some cases students will only receive elective credit). At least 18 credits of the major and at least 9 credits of the minor must be completed at the University of Miami.
The department offers a variety of study abroad options with credit toward the major or minor.
A minor in history consists of at least 15 credits in history with a grade of C- or better in each course, and with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in history courses. These credits may include history courses taken for general distribution requirements, and must include at least 9 credits at the 300 level or above. Courses for minors should be selected in consultation with a departmental advisor.
History majors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 in history courses may earn departmental honors by completing a research project of 6 credits judged worthy of honors by a departmental committee, provided that at least 6 courses worth 18 credits have been completed at the University of Miami.
For the requirements of the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history see the Bulletin of the Graduate School.
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