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Theme: Race and Ethnicity in World History

Sample Course Path

Right now, the United States finds itself facing a multitude of issues connected with race and ethnicity. Around the world and across time, other peoples and cultures have confronted these same kinds of issues, even if their particular expression might seem different. This path explores these similarities and such differences in a way that will satisfy major requirements while challenging students to use what they have learned to better understand the world we live in today.

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 202 Building America
HIST 203 America in the 20th Century
HIST 250 African-American History
HIST 290 Historian’s Craft required of all majors
300-Level Upper Division Courses
12 credits/3 courses
HIST 326 Colonial/Post Colonial Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 380 Latin America I Latin America field; pre-1800 history
HIST 396 Samurai in Film Asia field; pre-1800 history
400-Level Upper Division Courses
21 credits/5 courses
HIST 407 United States, 1850–1900 required research seminar; US field
HIST 417 Topic: Apartheid South Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 449 Race and Ethnicity in the US West US field
HIST 469 Topic: Native Nations and the US US field
HIST 480 Mexico Latin America field
Language Requirement
2 years of a second language or demonstrated proficiency
ITAL 101, 102, 103 First Year Italian
ITAL 201, 202, 203 Second Year Italian

Why It Works

This path concentrates on two regions with close ties in Atlantic World history while also fulfilling the 49 required credits for the major.

These upper division courses would fulfill the 8 credit requirements for pre-1800 history (HIST 380 and HIST 396) and give a student 8 credits each in three fields of study (Latin America, Africa/Middle East, and US).

A HIST 407 research seminar is required of all majors and also counts toward the overall minimum for upper division credits. Note that the topic in this example (United States, 1850–1900) could also count toward the US field requirement, if needed.

Italian merely a suggestion; there are many language options available at UO to fulfill the second language requirement.