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Theme: Environmental History

Concerns about the health of the environment are widespread in our current age, making this topic area of particular significance for students of history. The path suggested here ranges across time and space in a way that will fulfill all major credits and course requirements.

Lower-Division Credits:  16 Credits/4 Courses

HIST 105, World History II: Medieval
HIST 106, World History III: Modern
HIST 273, Introduction to American Environmental History
HIST 290, Historian’s Craft

Upper-Division Credits:  12 300-Level Credits/3 Courses

HIST 325, Precolonial Africa (Africa/Middle East Field, History before 1800)
HIST 379, American Environmental History, 1890-Present (U.S. Field)
HIST 385, Business History of the United States and India (Asia Field)

Upper-Division:  21 400-Level Credits/5 Courses

HIST 407, Environment and Colonialism (Research Seminar, Africa/Middle East Field)
HIST 415, Environmental History of the Pacific Ocean (World Field)
HIST 415, Energy and World Politics (World Field)
HIST 473, Topic: U.S. Environmental History (U.S. Field)
HIST 473, Topic: Environmental History in Colonial America and the United States (U.S. Field, History before 1800)

History Major Second Language Requirement

Italian 101-103 (2 Years of a Second Language)

Note: A specialized path such as this would lead a student through the world of environmental history while fulfilling all of the History major’s 49 graded credit requirement. Courses would also fulfill the History before 1800 requirement for the major (at least 8 graded credits/2 courses), and give a student three fields of study, Africa/Middle East, World, and U.S., with at least 8 credits/2 courses, in each selected field. Italian is obviously only one of many languages a student could elect as their second language concentration.