Concentration in History


History is a story about the human past. Through the study of history, we make other people's experiences our own. In this way we touch other times and places and add the knowledge and wisdom gained by others to our own personal experience. Studying history is not an exercise in memorization; it is, rather, a process of assembling information from the past and giving meaning to it. It is a way of thinking about the present that attempts to make sense of the complexity of contemporary events by examining what lies beneath them.

Understanding the past is its own reward, but studying history pays off in other ways as well. It trains the mind, enlarges compassion, and provides a much-needed perspective on some of the world's pressing problems. History fosters critical thinking, sharpens reading and writing skills and prepares one for a wide variety of occupations, from teaching to medicine, business to law.

The Concentration in History will provide a general knowledge of world and U.S. history, and offer a fundamental training in the theory and techniques of contemporary historical practice. While it encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the past, students will also develop an in-depth understanding of a particular region and period. Each student's specialized study will culminate in the writing of an honors thesis on a topic in her/his chosen area.

Advisory Board:

Dr. Chris Ely  | Dr. Christopher Strain | Dr. Douglas McGetchin

Available Options: Concentration in History; Minor Concentration.In addition, a combined "4+1" B.A./M.A. in History is available in coordination with the Department of History in the College of Arts and Letters.

Concentrators will be expected to fulfill any of the three introductory course requirements as well as the introduction to historical study.

Students must spend two semesters of their senior year in consultation with their concentration advisor researching and writing an honors thesis. The honors thesis is a document of forty to sixty pages in length based on the student's original research in her/his area of specialization.



Course # Course Name Credits
  Honors Introductory history courses 9
HIS 3152 or HIS 4622 Honors Historiography: Methods and Theory (3 cr) or HIS 4622 Honors Research and Writing in History (1 cr) 1-3
  Honors Courses in Area of Specialization 15
  Honors Courses in Related Disciplines 9
HIS 4971 or AMH 4970 Honors Thesis (2 semesters) 6
  Total Credits 40-42

Introductory Courses: Concentrators should take three introductory history courses from the list below.



Course # Course Name Credits
WOH 2012 Honors History of Civilization I 3
WOH 2022 Honors History of Civilization II 3
AMH 2010 Honors U.S. History to 1877 3
AMH 2020 Honors U.S. History from 1877 3

Courses in Area of Specialization: Concentrators should choose an area of specialization (U.S. History, European History, East Asian History or Comparative World History) by approximately the beginning of the junior year. They should take 5 history courses in their Area of Specialization, selected from the list below.


Course # Course Name Credits
AMH 3630 Honors American Environmental History 3
AMH 4932 Honors Special Topics in American History 
(may be repeated if topic varies)
AMS 3003 Honors The American Dream 3
AMS 4332 Honors Violence in American Life 3
AMH 4932 Honors History of the Future 3
AMH 4932 Honors The 1960s 3
AMH 4932 Honors Hollywood's America: US History through Film 3
HIS 1933 Honors Freshman Seminar in History (may be repeated if topic varies) 3
HIS 1933 Honors Civil Rights Movement 3
HIS 1933 Honors African American History 3
HIS 1933 Honors History of Food & Eating 3
HIS 4906 Honors Directed Independent Study in History 2-3
HIS 4930 Honors Special Topics in History 3
HIS 4405 Honors The City and its Underground 3
HIS 4930 Honors History of Terrorism 3
EUH 3662 Honors Revolution in Europe 3
EUH 3618 Honors Sense of Place Across Time 3
EUH 3604 Honors European Intellectual and Cultural History I 3
EUH 3607 Honors European Intellectual and Cultural History I 3
EUH 3575 Honors Russia from the Middle Ages to 1881 3
EUH 3576 Honors Russia from 1881 to the Present 3
EUH 4930 Honors Special Topics in European History 3


Courses in Related Disciplines: The area of specialization must include three relevant course offerings in other disciplines such as literature, art history, economics, philosophy, interdisciplinary studies, or politics. For example, a student who has chosen to specialize in U.S. history may take extra-disciplinary courses such as "American Novel to 1900" and "Government of the United States." Other FAU courses may be used only with the approval of the concentration advisor. Students are reminded that they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate.



Course # Course Name Credits
AML 2010 Honors American Literature to 1865 3
AML 2022 Honors American Literature 1865 - 1945 3
AML 2053 Honors American Literature 1945 - Present 3
AML 3111 Honors American Novel to 1900 3
AML 3121 Honors American Novel Since 1900 3
AML 4640 Honors Native American Literature 3
AML 3452 Honors Environmental Imagination 
in American Literature and Culture
ARH 4930 Honors Special Topics in Art History 3
AMS 4332 Honors Violence in the United States 3
CLA 4436 Honors Ancient Greece 3
ENL 2012 Honors British Literature to 1798 3
ENL 2022 Honors British Literature since 1798 3
HUM 2211 Honors Intellectual Traditions I: 
from Antiquity to Modernity
HUM 2230 Honors Intellectual Traditions II 3
SPT 2530 Honors Hispanic Cultures and Civilizations 3
AFS 2250 Honors Introduction to African Studies 3
AMS 3003 Honors Colloquium in American Studies 3
WST 3015 Honors Introduction to Women's Studies 3
IDS 3932 Honors History and Literature of Imperialism 3
ANT 4930 Honors Collective Memory, 
History and Culture
ECO 3303 Honors History of Economic Thought 3
ECS 3013 Honors International Economic Development 3
CPO 3003 Honors Comparative Politics 3
INR 2002 Honors World Politics 3
CPO 4303 Honors Latin American Politics 3
CPO 4305 Honors Religion and Politics in Latin America 3
INR 3102 Honors American Foreign Policy 3
INR 3248 Honors Exporting Democracy: US Policy Toward Latin America in the 20th Century 3
POS 1041 Honors Government of the United States 3
POS 3691 Honors Law and American Society 3
POS 4603 Honors Constitutional Law I 3
POS 4604 Honors Constitutional Law II 3
PHH 3100 Honors Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
PHH 3400 Honors Modern Philosophy I 3
PHH 3442 Honors Modern Philosophy II 3
POS 4685 Honors American Legal Development 3
PHP 3502 Honors Hegel's Political Philosophy 3
POT 3021 Honors History of Political Theory 3
ARH 4930 Honors Special Topics in Art History 3
PSY 4930 Honors History and Systems of Psychology 3



Minor concentration in History (15 credit hours):

At least 9 hours of coursework in history must be at the 3000 or 4000 level; 6 hours may be at a lower level, for a total of 15 credit hours. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in courses taken for the minor concentration.

At least 50% of upper level credits must be from Honors College courses.

    At least two history courses at the 1000-2000 level 
At least three history courses at the 3000-4000 level