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History and Social Sciences


The study of history promotes the appreciation of understanding the diversity of the human experience. The USF history program specializes in an interdisciplinary, historically-centered approach to research and scholarship, resulting in a broad understanding of the foundations of the modern world by examining trends, patterns, and themes from the past.

The study of history also enhances and sharpens research, writing, and communication skills that form the basis of a liberal arts education. A major in history leads to careers such as government service, law, business, museum, and archival work, as well as preparing students for master's and doctorate degree work in multiple fields.

History Major

39 Credit Hours

A successful career in this field begins with a firm grounding in the Liberal Arts through the university-wide General Education curriculum. The major's core courses stress student learning in diverse areas with a geographic focus like the United States, Europe, or the non-Western World, and thematic approaches including social, cultural, and political history. This broad array of courses allows students to shape their major while being broadly prepared for a wide range of professional fields after graduation.

6 credit hours at the 100-level, 9 credit hours of 200-level or above History courses (HIST), 9 credit hours of 300-level or above American History, 9 credit hours of 300-level or above World/European History

The student then chooses one 6 hour option to complete the program:

Thesis Option
6 Credit Hours
HIST 439- Historiography and Research, HIST 440- Senior Thesis

Non-Thesis Option
6 Credit Hours
2 HIST courses 200-level or above

Students pursuing graduate studies are strongly encouraged to complete two years of college-level courses in one foreign language. Students are also encouraged to complete an appropriate internship.

Students also complete general education courses as outlined in the USF undergraduate catalog. Total course work for graduation must be at least 128 semester hours including all the above courses.

History Minor

18 Credit Hours
18 credit hours of HIST courses.

Find out more by reviewing the Catalog and the Program Sheet.