Notes

  • 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.

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 3.5 average in History course work, a minimum of twenty-four 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.

United States History (10-11 Credits)
Select two of the following: 17-8
HIS221
HIS222
HIS302
HIS303
HIS306
HIS307HistoryofWomenfrom1880toPresent3
HIS308
HIS309
HIS310
HIS321
HIS322
HIS323
HIS324
HIS325
HIS326
HIS327
HIS328
HIS329
HIS332
HIS367
HIS378
HIS379
HIS380
HIS381
HIS383
HIS384
HIS385
HIS386
HIS413
HIS461
HIS467
BLK330
BLK331
WOM311
WOM316
WOM423
European History (7-8 Credits)
Select two of the following: 17-8
HIS205
HIS207
HIS214
HIS311
HIS314
HIS317
HIS318
HIS333
HIS346
HIS348
HIS349
HIS350
HIS351
HIS353
HIS354
HIS355
HIS357
HIS358
HIS360
HIS362
HIS363
HIS365
HIS371
HIS373
HIS407
HIS408
Non-Western History: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East (7-8 Credits)
Select two of the following: 17-8
HIS200
HIS202
HIS203
HIS216
HIS243
HIS244
HIS277
HIS278
HIS315
HIS335
HIS336
HIS337
HIS338
HIS339
HIS340
HIS342
HIS343
HIS344
HIS369
HIS370
HIS377
HIS470
HIS480
BLK200
BLK201
BLK202
BLK231
BLK232
BLK301
BLK302
BLK309
BLK311
BLK325
BLK347
History Electives (9 Credits)
Select two of the following: 26
HIS302
HIS303
HIS305
HIS306
HIS307HistoryofWomenfrom1880toPresent3
HIS308
HIS309
HIS310
HIS311
HIS314
HIS315
HIS317
HIS318
HIS321
HIS322
HIS323
HIS324
HIS325
HIS326
HIS327
HIS328
HIS329
HIS332
HIS333
HIS335
HIS336
HIS337
HIS338
HIS339
HIS340
HIS342
HIS343
HIS344
HIS346
HIS348
HIS349
HIS350
HIS351
HIS353
HIS354
HIS355
HIS357
HIS358
HIS360
HIS362
HIS363
HIS365
HIS367
HIS369
HIS370
HIS371
HIS373
HIS377
HIS378
HIS379
HIS380
HIS381
HIS383
HIS384
HIS385
BLK301
BLK302
BLK309
BLK311
BLK325
BLK330
BLK331
BLK347
WOM311
WOM316
WOM423
Required Method Courses (8 Credits)
HIS3004
HIS4924
Total Credits41-44

This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
FallCredits
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART) 3
Gen Ed: Mathematical Inquiry (MATH) 3
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Elective 3
HIS200
or HIS216

or
4
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
 Credits16
Year 2
Fall
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Elective 3
HIS207
or HIS214

or
4
Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR) 3
HIS221
or HIS222

or
4
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Year 3
Fall
US History Course 3-4
European History Course 3-4
World History Course 3-4
Upper-division History Elective 3
 Credits12-15
Spring
Upper-division History Elective 3
Upper-division History Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
HIS300 4
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
HIS492 4
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Upper-division Elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits122-125