Hiram College

Requirements for Majors

The history major requires a minimum of 10 courses or 32 hours. We advise students who wish to pursue graduate work to take more than the minimum number of courses. All history majors must take a minimum total of eight courses in any 3-3-2 combination in the three geographic regions: U.S., Europe, the World outside of Europe and North America. For example, a student may take three U.S. history courses, three European history courses, and two courses in the history of the rest of the world. One of these 8 courses must be History 380, a research seminar, the topic of which varies from year to year. History majors are also required to take the senior seminar sequence, History 479 and History 480, in the senior year. In addition, the department requires foreign language proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied by passing a language through the 103 level or by testing out of a language by passing a proficiency test administered by the Foreign Languages Department.

History majors have the option of concentrating in a particular field of history. The concentrations we offer are History and Law, Gender History, and a regional area of history, such as Asian History. Students should discuss choosing a concentration with a faculty member in the History Department. Students who are majoring in Integrated Social Studies for the purpose of obtaining a license to teach will have different requirements and should consult with the Education Department in conjunction with the History Department.

The History Senior Seminar

History majors are required to complete a professional-quality research paper in the senior year and to present their papers to the community in a public forum. The seminar paper should demonstrate thorough research using both primary and secondary historical sources, and the department encourages students to make an original argument supported by credible historical evidence. The senior seminar research process begins in the fall of the senior year, as students work with faculty to choose a topic of interest and to develop an appropriate research question. During the fall semester, students gather and read secondary literature on their topic, and they begin the process of doing research into primary historical sources. Students prepare an annotated bibliography in advance of writing the B.A. thesis. In the spring semester of the senior year, students do the bulk of their primary source research. They work with individual faculty members to research and write the seminar paper, and they meet regularly with a group of fellow history students to discuss and revise their theses. With the completion of their papers, students present their work orally to the Hiram College community, and they answer questions prepared by their fellow students and by history faculty members. Students with majors other than history sometimes choose to do the senior seminar with the History Department. Students interested in doing this should consult with history faculty members before the senior year.

Requirements for Minors

A minor in history consists of 5 courses or a minimum of 18 hours in history.

Students must take at least one course in each of the three content areas: U.S. History, European History and the history of the rest of the world.


  • Knights, Peasants and Friars: Europe 500-1450
  • Bread, Barricades and Bombs: Modern Europe 1450-present
  • World History 1000-1800
  • U.S. History To 1865
  • U.S. History 1865 To Present
  • The Era of the American Revolution, 1750-1800
  • Modern China 1842 to Present
  • Japan Since 1868
  • Medieval Towns and Trades
  • Workers, Union Bosses & Capitalists
  • The Supreme Court in U.S. History
  • The Depression, The New Deal & World War II
  • History of Gender and Sexuality in the U.S.
  • African-American History 1865 to the Present
  • African American History to 1865
  • Women in American History

For a full list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Catalog.


Janet Pope, Professor of History

330.569.5173 or popejm@hiram.edu

Pendleton House