Major and Minor Requirements

Since the fall 2018 semester, students have been able to choose how to structure their major – whether to develop a broad understanding of historical developments across regions and time periods or to focus their programs of study around a particular set of questions or issues. Students in the Generalist Track take a wide range of courses from different geographical regions, while students in the Specialist Track develop their expertise in a given area (the History concentration), often in conjunction with another major or minor or with a desired career pathway.

All History majors complete 42 semester hours, including two required 1-unit courses, HIST 1995 Introduction to History in the first semester and HIST 5995 Capstone ePortfolio in the final semester (students with bulletin years earlier than 2020-2021 are not required to complete these two 1-unit courses). Students must also complete at least one lower-division level seminar, which is an introduction to historical methodology and historiography, and at least one upper-division seminar, which serves as the culmination of the History major. In addition, all students must take at least five upper-division History courses in addition to the 5000-level seminar. Click here for the specific requirements for the Generalist Track; click here for the specific requirements for the Specialist Track.

Students who entered LMU before fall 2018 can find their major requirements here. If you wish to switch to the new major and/or to add a concentration, it’s easy to do so – just contact the History Department chair about completing the necessary paperwork.

History minors must complete 20 semester hours; please see the specific requirements here. It is also possible to do a concentration as part of the minor.