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Region: US History

Sample Course Path

Any student interested in US History will find topics of interest in this suggested path. It is designed to cover a broad time span, from the emergence of the nation through the contemporary period.

Please note that the courses listed below are only suggestions. Students’ individual selections may vary due to course availability and personal interest. See advisors for questions about specific courses or requirements.

Lower Division Courses
16 credits/4 courses
HIST 201 United States I: Inventing America
HIST 202 United States II: Building the US
HIST 203 United States III: American Century
HIST 290 Historian’s Craft required of all majors
300-Level Upper Division Courses
12 credits/3 courses
HIST 308 History of Women in the US US field; pre-1800 history
HIST 379 American Environmental History, 1890–Present US field
HIST 388 Vietnam and the US US field; Asia field
400-Level Upper Division Courses
21 credits/5 courses
HIST 407 Environmental History of the Pacific Northwest required research seminar; US field
HIST 450 The Iraq War Africa/Middle East field; US field
HIST 455 Colonial American History US field; pre-1800 history
HIST 419 Topic: Colonial South Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 490 Modern Japan Asia field
Language Requirement
2 years of a second language or demonstrated proficiency
SPAN 101, 102, 103 First Year Spanish
SPAN 201, 202, 203 Second Year Spanish

Why It Works

This path concentrates on US history while fulfilling the 49 required credits for the major.

These upper division courses provide 8 credits in pre-1800 history (HIST 308 and HIST 455) and 8 credits each in three fields of study (US, Europe, and Africa/Middle East).

HIST 407 research seminar is required of all majors and counts toward the overall minimum for upper division credits. The topic in this example (Environmental History of the Pacific Northwest) also counts towards the US field, if needed.

Spanish is merely a suggestion based on the prevalence of German history courses in this sample path. There are many language options available at UO to fulfill the second language requirement.