History Major: Generalist Track

The Generalist Track is an opportunity for students to develop a broad understanding of historical developments and approaches by taking a wide range of courses from different geographical regions and time periods. The Generalist Track develops students’ historical literacy as well as the critical thinking and writing skills that prepare them for a wide variety of careers. The requirements are:

Minimum of 39 semester hours, distributed as follows and chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor:

Lower Division Requirements:

  • HIST 1995 Introduction to History (1 unit)
  • One lower-division seminar: HIST 2000, HIST 2050, HIST 2200, HIST 2450, HIST 2500, HIST 2600, HIST 2700, HIST 2800, or HIST 2910
  • NB: FFYS 1000 sections taught by History faculty may count towards the major; HIST 1xxx courses fulfill the Core EHAP requirement; and HIST 2300-2449 courses fulfill the Core FDIV requirement.

Upper Divsion Requirements:

  • One upper-division seminar (HIST 5000-5899)
  • HIST 5995 Capstone ePortfolio (1 unit)

Major Electives: Eight (8) additional History courses (excluding 1- and 2-unit courses). Five (5) of the eight (8) courses must be upper-division History courses: HIST 3xxx, HIST 4xxx, or HIST 5xxx.

At least 2 courses per geographical region:

  • Europe: HIST 1000-1299, 2001-2299, 3100-3299, 4100-4299, and 5100-5299
  • US: HIST 1300-1499, 2300-2499, 3300-3499, 4300-4499, and 5300-5499
  • World Regions: HIST 1500-1899, 2500-2899, 3000-3099, 3500-3899, 4000-4099, 4500-4899, 5000-5099, and 5500-5899

NB: Students who have bulletin years earlier than 2020-2021 are not required to take HIST 1995 and HIST 5995 and must complete only 40 semester hours.


See also: LMU Bulletin: History, B.A.