Major Requirements

The major requires 36 credits of history courses with a grade of C or higher. These courses may include offerings at NJIT (HIST prefix) and Rutgers (510 and 512 prefixes). The B.A. in history also requires a minimum of 120 total credits, including completion of the General University Requirements.  Each student's program of study is subject to approval by an advisor or by the chairperson of the department. Specific requirements are as follows:

Western Civilization
R510 201Hist Of West Civ 13
R510 202History Of West. Civ. 13
American History
Six credits in U.S. History courses (any level)6
Global/Comparative History
Six credits in Asian, African, Latin American, World, or Comparative History courses (any level)6
Historical Methodology & Research
R510 316Perpectives in History3
Select one of the following two-semester Senior History Seminars: 2, 3, 46
Seminar:Readings
and Seminar:Research 5
Seminar-Readings
and Seminar Research 5
History Electives
Nine credits in history 69
Total Credits36
1

Students who transfer into the history major after fulfilling the GUR in cultural history with different courses may, at the discretion of their advisor, substitute other courses for R510 201 Hist Of West Civ and ​R510 202 History Of West. Civ..

2

Qualified juniors may enroll in R510 489 Seminar:Readings or HIST 489 Seminar-Readings with permission.

3

Successful completion of a Perspectives in History course and HSS 404 Humanities Senior Seminar - History are required prior to enrollment in HIST 490 Seminar Research or R510 490 Seminar:Research.

4

All majors write a research paper that incorporates methods of historiography and research learned in the seminar. An honors level of scholarship is expected from students enrolled in the Albert Dorman Honors College. 

5

Majors must enroll for the section of 490 that continues their specific section of 489.

6

 At least six of the nine history elective credits must be taken at the 300 level or higher.

B.A. in History

(120 credits minimum)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterTerm Credits
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
MATH 101 Foundations of Mathematics for the Liberal Arts 3
PHYS 204 Biophysics of Life 3
STS 201 Understanding Technological Society 3
R510 201 Hist Of West Civ 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 105 Elementary Probability and Statistics 3
CS 103 Computer Science with Business Problems 3
R510 202 History Of West. Civ. 3
Natural Sciences: GUR Elective 4
 Term Credits16
Second Year
1st Semester
American History Elective 3
Global or Comparative History Elective 3
Social Sciences (lower-level): GUR Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Physical Education: GUR Elective 1
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
American History Elective 3
Global or Comparative History Elective 3
Social Science or STS Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Physical Education: GUR Elective 1
 Term Credits16
Third Year
1st Semester
R510 316 Perpectives in History 3
Management: GUR Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
HSS 404 Humanities Senior Seminar - History 3
History Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Term Credits15
Fourth Year
1st Semester
R510 489
Seminar:Readings
or Seminar-Readings
3
History Upper Level Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
R510 490
Seminar:Research
or Seminar Research
3
History Upper Level Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Term Credits12
 Total Credits120

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.