Major Requirements

Major: History

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
HIST 1XX or 2XX level3
HIST 1XX or 2XX level3
HIST 1XX or 2XX level3
HIST 390Historical Research and Writing3
HIST 489Senior Seminar (Capstone) *3
Additional History Electives6
Distribution Requirement: Minimum credit required for each distribution area.
North American History - Select 6 credits from the following:6
RELS 340
Church and State in America
War and Society in America
HIST 382
Public Memory and Memorialization in America
Colonial American History
Revolutionary America
American Civil War and Reconstruction
The Gilded Age and Progressive America
U.S. History 1917-1960
U.S. History 1917-Present II
Women in American History
The North American Plains
Environmental History
American Frontier to 1850
HIST 437
European History - Select 6 credits of the following:6
History of Christianity
Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire
Ancient History
Medieval History
Renaissance And Reformation
HIST 455
Europe 1815-1914
Europe Since 1914
Imperial Spain
Germany since 1750
History Of Russia II
Widening Horizons - Select 6 credits of the following:6
Global Islam
Australia & New Zealand (May satisfy general education category A and G)
The Ottoman Empire
Colonial Mexico
Modern Mexico
The Aztec, Maya, and Inca
Slavery in the Atlantic World
History of Modern China from 1600
History of Japan
Vietnam: 125 Years of Conflict
Cultures and Civilizations of the Pre-modern World
Cultural Exchange and the Making of the Modern World
Plague! Tragedies and Triumphs of Globalization
Total Credits39

The prerequisite for HIST 489 Capstone is HIST 390.

Degree Requirements and Notes:

  • Twenty-four (24) credits must be taken at the 300-400 level and of these 24, twenty (20) credits must be taken in residence at NDSU for a history major.

Minor Requirements

Minor: History

Required Credits: 18

HIST100-200 level courses9
HIST300-400 level courses9
Total Credits18

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.