History and Civilizations Major

The study of History and Civilizations seeks a deeper understanding of humanity through the study of the past and provides students with a framework for the analysis of trends, institutions, and motivations that shape the world. Students learn to think with rigor, to write with clarity and precision, to organize and assess evidence, to evaluate problems, and to interpret complex events.

The major in History and Civilizations provides students with analytical tools useful for all aspects of decision making and research in academia, government, law, journalism, business, and other careers. The program offers a general program of study with a focus on course offerings in Europe and a sub-concentration in Southeastern Europe.

The program is intended to provide core historical research and reading skills. Key outcomes of the program for all graduates include the following:

  • the ability to place existing national historical education in a broader context;
  • a broad contextual knowledge of history, provided by some knowledge of the distribution areas and a historical issue of significant contemporary importance;
  • awareness of contemporary theories and methods in the field of history;
  • the ability to critically read and analyze primary materials;
  • the development of solid writing skills;
  • the development of oral communication skills through discussion seminars and oral presentations; and,
  • the ability to plan, conduct, and write an original historical research project.

Graduates of the program have gone on to work for regional businesses and NGOs. The majority go on to graduate degree programs in history in the U.S. and Western Europe, including the Central European University, Columbia University, the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Total: 37 credit hours

Required Courses (10 credit hours)

HTY 101 Global History to 1500
HTY 102 Global History since 1500
HTY 291 Historical Methods (WIC)

Elective Courses (27 credit hours)

At least six credit hours out of the following:

HTY 201 Mythmaking in History
HTY 210 Medieval Europe
HTY 212 Early Modern Europe
HTY 213 Modern Europe
HTY 214 Eastern Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
HTY 241 United States History to the Civil War
HTY 242 United States History from 1865 to Present

At least six credit hours out of the following:

HTY 208 Greece, Thrace, the Black Sea, and the Ancient World
HTY 209 Rome and the Ancient World
HTY 221 The Medieval Balkans
HTY 222 The Modern Balkans
HTY 223 History of the Ottoman Empire
HTY 224 Civilizations at the Crossroads: The Bulgarian Case
HTY 230 Byzantine History
SES 238 Archeology in Southeast Europe

At least twelve credit hours out of the following:

HTY 301 Falsifications in History
HTY 304 Topics in European History
HTY 305 Topics in Southeast European History
HTY 306 Topics in Ottoman History
HTY 307 Topics in American History
HTY 308 Topics in Global History
HTY 310 History of Christianity (WIC)
HTY 311 History of Islam and Islamic Civilization
HTY 312 Cultures and Societies in Latin America
HTY 313 American History and Film
HTY 401 Critical Issues in History (WIC)
HTY 491 Senior Thesis I (WIC)
HTY 492 Senior Thesis II (WIC)
SES 325 Environmental Issues and Education in Southeast Europe

Disciplinary Honors in History and Civilizations

Disciplinary Honors may be given to a History and Civilizations major who upon graduation has completed the two semesters of HTY 491/492 (Senior Thesis I and Senior Thesis II) with a grade of A- or better in both courses. A successfully completed senior thesis substitutes for the Bulgarian state exam.

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