The purpose of history isn’t merely to understand what happened.

As a history major at FSC, you’ll analyze and interpret past events in their contexts to discover why they occurred—all to better understand the present. This means developing the critical-thinking skills and intellectual ability to see the big picture that will prepare you for many careers.

Top Reasons to Study History at FSC

  • Our faculty includes one of the foremost experts on Florida and Southern history.
  • You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience through internships.
  • You’ll have access to unique on-campus resources like the McKay Archives Center and Florida Citrus Hall of Fame.
  • We host the Florida Lecture Series, which brings leading historians to campus.
  • You’ll join a tight-knit community that offers annual picnics and film nights with The FSC History Club.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Your history classes include group projects, class discussions, and student presentations. But beyond the classroom, you’ll continue exchanging ideas with your professors and other students.

Course Information

You’ll take a range of courses that let you explore the history of everything from Florida’s earliest days to US foreign policy. All of your coursework culminates in a senior capstone course where you’ll develop a major research project based on your interests.

Clubs & Organizations

The History Department sponsors the History Club, a student organization that organizes an annual field trip as well as on-campus activities, like movie nights. The History Club also assists in hosting the Florida Lecture Series.

Special Features

Historical Roux Library

Our close relationship with the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History provides students with special hands-on opportunities working with historical collections. You can also apply for internships and fellowships in archives, such as the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame and the Archives of the Florida Conference of the Methodist Church.

Research

Our majors conduct original research, often collaborating with faculty, and presenting their work at the annual meetings of the Conference of Florida Historians and Florida Historical Society.

Florida Lectrue Series

We host the Florida Lecture Series, which brings leading historians and thinkers to campus throughout the year.

Professor lecturing

FSC’s history faculty are award-winning authors, nationally known scholars, and researchers.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

The skills you’ll develop studying history prepares you for a wide variety of occupations. History majors work in corporations, nonprofits associations, government agencies, as educators, and as researchers. They’re also writers, editors, journalists, information managers, archivists, and librarians. The critical thinking skills required are ideal preparation for law school as well.

Our graduates are also regularly accepted into graduate and professional programs. They’ve recently attended:

  • Georgetown University
  • Florida State University
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Colorado
 

Program Requirements

History Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 36 hours
HIS 4999 Philosophy and Methodology of History

Two courses selected from the following:

HIS 1100 The Ancient World
HIS 1200 Making of the Modern World
HIS 1300 The Modern World
HIS 2215 The American Experience through the Civil War
HIS 2225 The American Experience since the Civil War

One course selected from the following:

HIS/POS 3175 Foreign and Security Policy of The United States
HIS 3225 Modern America, 1945-Present
HIS 3231 History of the Old South
HIS 3232 History of the New South
HIS 3240 Public History
HIS 3355 History of Florida
HIS 3550 Selected Topics in United States or Latin American History

One course selected from the following:

HIS 3115 History of Early Modern Europe
HIS 3165 History of Modern Europe
HIS 3215 History of Russia and the Soviet Union
HIS 3455 Selected Topics in History of the Western World

One course selected from the following:

HIS 3275 History of East Asia
HIS 3365 History of Modern Latin America
HIS 3415 History of the Middle East
HIS 3555 Selected Topics in World or Thematic History

One course selected from the following:

HIS 3445 History of Modern Africa
HIS 4455 Seminar on Selected Topics in the History of the Western World
HIS 4550 Seminar on Selected Topics in U. S. or Latin American History
HIS 4555 Seminar in Selected Topics in World or Thematic History

One course selected from any 3000-level HIS offering

One HIS course (non-designated)

C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
or
D. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
E. Electives 28-36 hours
F. Total 124 hours
20 hours must be taken to receive a Minor in History

History Minor Requirements

To earn a minor in History, you must complete twenty hours within the discipline. No more than eight of these hours should be selected from lower-level course offerings (1000-2000), and no less than twelve should be selected from upper-level (3000-4000).

 

Course Descriptions

History

HIS 1100 THE ANCIENT WORLD
Four hours. This course will examine the history of the ancient world from the Neolithic Revolution to the Mongol invasions of the 13thcentury. Students will explore themes common to all relevant civilizations, including the development of agriculture and trade, the growth of empires, and the values expressed in religion and philosophy. The course will also investigate how history is made and how historians use surviving evidence to capture the “voices” of both the powerful and powerless in the past. Gen Ed: SW, EC-B

HIS 1200 MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD
Four hours. This class examines the critical juncture in world history between 1350 and 1850 that established the foundations of the modern world. What changed during this period? Why did it happen? This course investigates the political, economic, cultural, and social roots of this great transformation and pays particular attention to the ethical dimensions of historical change for different historical actors. Gen Ed: SW, EC-B

HIS 1300 THE MODERN WORLD
Four hours. This course examines some of the momentous developments and changes that took place in the world from 1850 to the present and their enduring influence on contemporary events. Topics include industrialization, imperialism, nationalism, both world wars, the spread of communism, the Cold War, globalization, and ethnic cleansing. The assignments in this course are designed to teach students how historians “make” history through the selection and interpretation of sources. Gen Ed: SW, EC-B

HIS 2215 THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR
Four hours. The social, political, economic, and intellectual development of the United States from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War. Traditional topics are surveyed, with a special emphasis on the nation’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Gen Ed: SW, EC-B

HIS 2225 THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
Four hours. The social, political, economic, and intellectual development of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. Traditional topics are surveyed, with special emphasis on the nation’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Gen Ed: SW, EC-B

HIS 3115 HISTORY OF EARLY MODERN EUROPE
Four hours. Prerequisite: One year of college-level coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course examines the ‘early modern’ period of European history, which runs from roughly 1500 to roughly 1800. Examining key social, political, economic, and cultural developments, this class examines this “transitional” period between medieval and modern Europe. Key topics may include, but are not limited to: the Renaissance and Reformation, the first European overseas empires, the rise of absolutism and constitutional monarchies, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C 

HIS 3165 HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE
Four hours. Prerequisite: One year of college-level coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. The course surveys the historical development of Europe from 1815 to 2000, covering the main historical events on the continent in a comparative context. Topics covered include the Revolutions of 1830 and 1848, Italian and German unification, the impact of imperialism and nationalism on European politics and identity, the rise of liberalism, socialism, communism, and fascism as political and socioeconomic systems, World War I, the Russian Revolutions, World War II and the Holocaust, the Cold War, the collapse of the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, European reunification, and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C 

HIS 3175 FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES
Four hours. Same as POS 3175. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework or permission of the instructor. This course examines the development of United States foreign policies, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. The course's focus is on the principles, aims, applications, and decision-making processes that shaped America's policies with other states. Gen Ed: SW

HIS 3215 HISTORY OF RUSSIA AND THE SOVIET UNION
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union from the origins of the first Russian state to the fall of the Soviet Union, with an emphasis on the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3225 MODERN AMERICA, 1945-PRESENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course provides students with an in-depth examination of Modern America after the Second World War. America’s political, economic, and social history will be examined. Among the major subjects included in the course will be the Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam War and anti-war movement, feminism, environmentalism, the crises of the 1970s, the neo--conservative revolution and global confrontations up to the first decade of the twenty first century. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3231 HISTORY OF THE OLD SOUTH
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course provides students with an in-depth examination of the South from its Colonial roots through the Civil War. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3232 HISTORY OF THE NEW SOUTH
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. The course provides students with an in-depth examination of the South from the Civil War. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3240 PUBLIC HISTORY
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college level coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This is an American History based course that introduces students to the discipline of public history and practices in museums, archives, historical societies, and other public and private institutions that collect, display, and interpret historical artifacts, in a public setting. Topics covered include: General overview of the concepts that define the discipline of public history including memory and interpretation. Introduction to methodology and use of physical and digital collections at museums, libraries and other repositories. Insight into historic preservation of buildings, cemeteries, historic sites through case study. Specific guidelines to incorporate and develop oral history into projects. Overview of outcomes of public history through public presentations in museums and exhibits. Case study approach incorporates local sites and professionals. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C 

HIS 3275 HISTORY OF EAST ASIA
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the historical development of modern China and Japan with some attention to the surrounding regions. In addition to looking at the contributions of prominent individuals, the course addresses the role structural factors played in shaping the East Asian experience, including culture, modernization, industrialization, imperialism, war, depression, racism, and gender, with a focus on the differing responses of each civilization to westernization. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3355 HISTORY OF FLORIDA
Four hours. Same as LAS 3355. Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the history of Florida from the Spanish Period to the present. The course examines the major events and personalities in Florida history from chronological and political perspectives. Attention is given to economic, social, and environmental issues that have shaped Florida’s history. Florida’s unique landscape, geography and natural features are also a subject of inquiry in the course. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3365 HISTORY OF MODERN LATIN AMERICA
Four hours. Same as LAS 3365. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the major events and personalities in Latin American History from the colonial era to the present. Attention is given to economic, social, geographical, and environmental issues that have shaped the region’s history. The region’s unique landscape, geography and natural features are also a subject of inquiry in the course. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3415 HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the historical development of the Middle East, beginning with the emergence and spread of Islam before turning to the Muslim world’s Golden Age, the invasions by Crusaders and Mongols, the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, and concluding with the region’s transformation during the late-nineteenth and twentieth century’s. In addition to looking at the contributions of prominent individuals, the course addresses the role structural factors played in shaping the Middle Eastern experience, including culture, modernization, industrialization, imperialism, war, depression, racism, and gender. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3445 HISTORY OF MODERN AFRICA
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the historical development of modern sub-Saharan Africa since the early nineteenth century. Key developments examined in this course include: slavery and the slave trade, European colonial rule, cultural, economic, and familial life under colonial rule, resistance and rebellion to colonial rule, the rise and fall of apartheid, the Cold War’s effective on Africa, and the problems and possibilities of Africa today. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3455 SELECTED TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course provides students with an in-depth examination of topics in this history of the western world. Examples of topics include Renaissance and Reformation, French Revolution and Napoleon, Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History, or Europe Between the World Wars. Topics will change. Course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3550 SELECTED TOPICS IN US OR LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework or permission of the instructor. This course provides students with an in-depth examination of a particular topic, period, or region in US or Latin American history. Examples of such topics include US or Latin American women’s history, Old South, New South, Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian Era, African-American History, and History of Crime and Criminal Justice in the United States. Topics will change. Course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3555 SELECTED TOPICS IN THE WORLD OR THEMATIC HISTORY
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework or permission of the instructor. This course provides students with an in-depth examination of a particular topic, period, or region in world or thematic history. Examples of topics include women’s history, twentieth century genocides, an introduction to cultural history, oil and politics in world history, or the atomic bomb and the nuclear age. Topics will change. Course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

HIS 3705 HISTORY OF WAR AND SOCIETY IN THE MODERN ERA
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course explores the historical development of warfare in the modern era. It focuses the evolution of military forces and their technology, organization, strategy, and tactics, and the relationship between armed forces and society, especially the link between military service and citizenship. The specific focus of the course will vary, but generally will consider the experiences of western militaries and those regions of the world which they affected. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 3755 SCREENING HISTORY
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course studies the use, misuse, and value of historical subjects depicted in films. Students will use films from a variety of genres, times, and places as test cases for analysis of historical events, periods, and personalities. In doing so they will learn to view critically while exploring the use of film to teach and learn history. The specific topic of the course will change. The course may be taken for credit toward the major only once. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 4455 SEMINAR ON SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
Four hours. Prerequisites: History majors, students with two years of college coursework, or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This intensive reading and writing course provides students with an in-depth examination of selected topics and themes in the history of the western world. The course emphasizes the review of relevant literature and analysis of the methodologies, interpretations, values, evidence, and conclusions contained therein. Topics and themes may be drawn from the entire western historical experience, from the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans to Europe today. Active engagement with and discussion of an extensive set of readings is expected of all students. Course may be repeated once for credit with a different topic. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 4550 SEMINAR ON SELECTED TOPICS IN US HISTORY OR LATIN AMERICA
Four hours. Prerequisites: History majors, students with two years of college coursework, or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This intensive reading and writing course provides students with an in-depth examination of selected topics and themes in US or Latin America history. The course emphasizes the review of relevant literature and analysis of the methodologies, interpretations, values, evidence, and conclusions contained therein. Topics and themes may be drawn from the US or Latin American experience form colonial times to the present. Active engagement with and discussion of an extensive set of readings is expected of all students. Course may be repeated once for credit with a different topic. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 4555 SEMINAR ON SELECTED TOPICS IN WORLD OR THEMATIC HISTORY
Four hours. Prerequisites: History majors, students with two years of college coursework, or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This intensive reading and writing course provides students with an in-depth examination of selected topics and themes in world and thematic history. The course emphasizes the review of relevant literature and analysis of the methodologies, interpretations, values, evidence, and conclusions contained therein. Active engagement with and discussion of an extensive set of readings is expected of all students. Course may be repeated once for credit with a different topic. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C

HIS 4999 THE PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY OF HISTORY
Four hours. Prerequisites: History majors or students with two years of college coursework or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Focus is on readings and discussion of the major schools of historical thought and the methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, that have been adopted for the study of the past. Readings are chosen to reflect a variety of perspectives, interpretations, and methodologies. Students will also research, prepare, and present a major research assignment utilizing both primary and secondary source materials. History majors should have completed one of the 400-level topics seminars before enrolling in this course. Gen Ed: SW, Ql, EC-C