(35-38 credits)


  • All majors are required to write a 2-3-page "Exit Essay" as a requirement for graduation.
  • Only grades of C- or above will count for major courses.
  • At least half of the courses in the major plan must be taken at New Paltz.
United States History Courses (3 Credits)
Select one upper-division (300-400 level) course.3
World History Courses (9-10 Credits)
Select three courses, each focused on a different geographic region (Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America). Two courses may be upper or lower division (100-400 level); the third must be upper division (300-400 level).9-10
Method Courses (8 Credits)
HIS300Historian's Craft4
HIS492Seminar in History 4
History Electives (15-17 Credits)
Select five courses, of which three must be upper division (300-400 level).15-17
Total Credits35-38

Senior Thesis with Honors in History

For Liberal Arts majors, History provides qualified students an opportunity to research and write a thesis under the direction of a member of the department. Successful completion of the 6-credit thesis with a minimum grade of B+ in each semester enables students to graduate with Honors in History, a distinction that appears on the College transcript. Candidates for the program need a 3.50 average in History course work, a minimum of 24 credits in History, and approval of the chair of the Department of History. Application must be made during the pre-registration of the last semester of the junior year. For further details, consult with the department chair.