The American and World History Concentration is a general history major intended for students who do not want to become secondary education teachers.

It includes some basic distribution requirements, but leaves students free to focus on courses that are most interesting to them.

This concentration is capped by the two-semester seminar sequence, History 390 and History 495. In these courses students do original historical research on a topic of their choice and write an article-length paper.

This experience marks history majors’ abilities to work independently, analyze a problem rigorously, and communicate clearly. All of these are very marketable skills in a variety of fields.

Students in the American and World Concentration often go on to graduate school, law school, or careers in business and other fields.

This concentration works well with the Accelerated Pathway B.A./M.A. Program for students interested in graduate studies. In the Accelerated Pathway students take six credits of graduate coursework that count towards both their undergraduate degree and the M.A. in History from ESU, allowing them to complete both programs in five years. Students may enter the Accelerated Pathway in their third year with permission from the Graduate Coordinator.

Program Requirements

At least 36 hours (12 courses) in History

  • 21 hours (7 courses) must be taken at ESU
  • 15 hours (5 courses) must be at the 300 or 400 level
  • One social science course may be substituted with permission of the adviser

Students must take...

  • One World History survey (HIST 111 or 113)
  • One United States History survey (HIST 141 or 143)
  • One European History course
  • Seminar I (HIST 390)
  • Seminar II (HIST 495)

The remaining hours are electives.

Contact Us

Please contact the History & Geography department with any questions.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall
(570) 422-3286
(570) 422-3937 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Jeffrey Hardy
(570) 422-3660