Department of History
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804

Requirements for Majors and Minors in History:

The History Department at Lima offers a four-year program in History leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.  If you wish to major or minor in History, you will need to have a History Department advisor. For this, please contact one of the History professors to serve as your advisor or contact Professor Tom Ingersoll, who will assign you one.

Your History advisor will assist you in planning your program of study in History and will help you ensure that you meet all of the necessary requirements. These requirements are listed below (first the requirements for the Major, then those for the Minor) and you should familiarize yourself with them.

For more information, please see the OSU History Dept. Undergrad Handbook (a PDF file) and other links to the right.

The Undergraduate Major in History:

The History Major consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours at the 2000-level and above.  Three courses, History 2800, one 4000-level Readings Seminar and one 4000-level Research Seminar, are required, and at least 24 more hours must be chosen within the categories outlined below.

Once a student has earned a grade of C or higher in History 2800, s/he may then declare a Major in History. The student should design his or her History Major in consultation with the Major Advisor, who must sign the Major Program form.  The student should select History courses to complement those courses chosen, in consultation with an advisor in the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, to meet the requirements of the General Education (GE).

OVERVIEW:
The 33 credit hours must fulfill the following four required areas (see below for details): 

A) Skills Acquisition  (9 credit hours)
B) Breadth (12 credit hours)
C) Concentration  (12 credit hours)
D) Progression (included in above credit hours)

• If students double count courses and fulfill all of the requirements in Categories A-C before reaching the required 33 credit hours (described in the Overview, above), they must still satisfy the 33-credithoure requirement of the Major.   They will fill in the remaining credit hours with History courses of their choosing. 
• A student is never required to exceed 33 credit hours in order to fulfill the requirements in Categories A-C.
• No more than 3 credit hours of History 3193 or 4193 (“Individual Studies”) may be counted towards the Major Program.
• No more than 6 credit hours of History 2797, 2798, 3797, 3798, 4797, or 4798 (“Study at a Foreign Institution” and “Study Tour”) may be counted towards the Major Program.
• No more than 9 credit hours of 4998, 4998H, 4999, and 4999H may be counted towards the Major Program.
• With the Major Advisor's approval, up to 6 credit hours of courses from other Departments may be designated as part of Category B (Breadth) requirements for the Major Program in History.

Category A:  Skills Acquisition (9 credit hours)
The following three seminars (9 credit hours) are required of all History majors.

A (1) History 2800:  Introduction to the Discipline of History (3 credit hours)
The “gateway” course for History majors, which emphasizes critical reading and writing, and introduces students to the methodologies, approaches, and historiographies of historical study.  A student must pass History 2800 with at least a “C.”

A (2) One 4000-level Reading Seminar in History (3 credit hours)
One reading seminar—normally taken in the junior year, and with focus on historiography, analysis, methodology, and interpretation—is required.  Note: History 4193, 4194, 4585 and 4797-4999 do not fulfill this requirement.  

A (3) One 4000-level Research Seminar in History (3 credit hours)
One research seminar, emphasizing research and writing skills, is required and is usually taken during the senior year.  Note: History 4193, 4194, 4585 and 4797-4998 do not fulfill this requirement.

Category B:  Breadth (12 credit hours)
Overview:  Students are required to develop a program that includes chronological and geographic breadth. 

This includes:
(1) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing chronologically on the period before 1750
(2) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing chronologically on the period after 1750
(3) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing primarily on East Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia
(4) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing primarily on North America and/or Europe
(5) 1 course (3 credit hours) focusing on comparative, transnational, transregional, or global history

** Please note:

• Students are permitted to use one course to satisfy more than one of these five areas of breadth simultaneously.  For example, a course on Ancient Rome would satisfy the pre-1750 requirement and a “Europe” requirement simultaneously.  That is, geographical and chronological requirements can be fulfilled by the same course.  
• In addition, the two 4000-level seminars can also fulfill any of these chronological and geographic requirements.  That is, A. (2) or (3) can simultaneously satisfy any of the requirements in Category B.  For Example, History 4211 (Readings in Roman History) would not only satisfy the A (2) requirement of a Reading Seminar but would also satisfy one pre-1750 requirement and one “Europe” requirement.
• Courses used to satisfy Category C (Concentration) can simultaneously count towards Category B (see below under Category C for further discussion), and vice versa.
• As a result, the total of the credit hours required for each of the 5 different sub-categories of Category B “Breadth” do not add up to the 12 credit hours required in this Category.   However, as a result of double counting, both within the requirements of Category B and among Categories A-C, no student will be required to take more than 12 distinct credit hours in Category B.

B (1) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing on the period before 1750 (courses in this category need not focus on a single region.)

B (2) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing on the period after 1750 (Courses in this category need not focus on a single region.)

B (3) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing primarily on East Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia (Courses in this category need not focus on a single region.)

B (4) 2 courses (6 credit hours) focusing primarily on North America or Europe (Courses in this category need not focus on a single region.)

B (5) 1 course (3 credit hours) in comparative, transnational, transregional, or global history. 

Category C:  Concentration (Geographic or Thematic):   (12 credit hours)
Students must take 12 credit hours in either a Geographical or a thematic concentration.

• Students are permitted to count relevant courses from A. (2) or (3) simultaneously toward this total. 
• Students are permitted to count up to 12 credit hours from category B (1-5) simultaneously toward this total, but courses in other departments may not count toward the Concentration requirement.

C (1) Geographical concentrations:  Possible areas of geographic concentration include:  
     • North America,
     • Latin America,
     • Europe (including Russia),
     • Near East, Middle East, Central Asia, and/or South Asia
     • East Asia, and
     • Africa

C (2) Thematic concentrations: 
     • history of environment, science and technology;
     • history of  race, ethnicity, and nation;
     • religious history;
     • history of colonialism and comparative empires;
     • military history and/or diplomatic history;
     • history of the state (power, culture, society)
     • women’s history. 
     • Students may also arrange their own thematic concentrations with permission of Advisor.

Category D:  Progression (credit hours included in categories A-C)
Of the 33 credit hours required for the Major, at least 21 credit hours must be at the 3000-level or above.  This includes the two required 4000-level seminars (6 cr. hrs.) plus at least 15 credit hours at the 3000-level & above.  

One 2000-level History course must be taken prior to enrolling in a 3000-level History course (or instructor permission).   One 3000-level History course must be taken prior to enrolling in a 4000-level or a 5000-level History course.

Ideally, the 4000-level Reading Seminar will be taken prior to the 4000-level Research Seminar. 

For a listing of all the classes that satisfy the various required categories, please see the Undergraduate History Handbook: http://history.osu.edu/sites/default/files/UHObrocSemester_0.pdf

The Undergraduate Minor in History:

The minor in history is designed to provide students with substantial understanding of the human past.

All proposals for minor programs must be submitted in writing to the Undergraduate History Office and approved by that office.  After your Minor Program Form has been approved, you must file the form with your college or school advisor.

The minor consists of 12 credit hours of history course work at the 2000 level and above.  Of these, at least 6 credit hours must be at the 3000 level and above.  Courses at the 1000 level cannot be used on the minor.

• Students are free to choose any History courses they wish to fulfill the 12 credit hours, but they are encouraged to take courses that focus on a particular theme, time period, or geographic region.
• Students are also encouraged to consult with an adviser when preparing their minor.

General Information on Minors in the Arts & Sciences
The following guidelines govern this minor.

Required for graduation: No

Credit hours required: A minimum of 12

Transfer credit hours allowed: A maximum of 6

• No more than 3 credit hours of History 3193 or 4193 (“Individual Studies”) may be counted towards the Minor Program.
• No more than 3 credit hours of History 2797, 2798, 3797, 3798, 4797, or 4798 (“Study at a Foreign Institution” and “Study Tour”) may be counted towards the Minor Program.

Overlap with the GE: Permitted.  History courses used to fulfill the following GE requirements—Historical Study, Historical Study or Culture & Ideas, and the 2 Open options (as well as Global Studies and Social Diversity in the United States)—may also satisfy the History Minor. Please Note: While we encourage students to take 4000-level readings and research seminars for the minor, such 4000-level courses do not offer GE credit. History courses at the 2000 and 3000 level offer GE credit.

Overlap with the major: Not allowed and
     • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.

Overlap between minors: Each minor completed must contain 12 unique hours.

Grades required:
     • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor
     • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor
     • Course work graded Pass/Non-pass cannot count on the minor.

Approval required: All proposals for an Undergraduate Minor Program in History must be submitted in writing to the Undergraduate History Office and approved by that office.

Filing the Minor Program Form: The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.

Changing the minor:  Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by:

     • The academic unit offering the minor.

Related resources

OSU History Department Undergrad Handbook

OSU History Department Students Page

OSU History Courses for Semesters




Gustavus Adolphus

King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden's published explanation for his invasion of the Holy Roman Empire, 1630