Curriculum & Courses

The History Department offers a major that is both challenging and flexible. In this age of rapid change and globalization, our courses offer students the opportunity to understand the principal events and developments of the United States and the world.  Furthermore, through internships and public history offerings, students can take a hands-on approach to understanding what history means for a community and what they might want to do after they leave St. Bonaventure. The flexibility of the major allows students to pursue a wide variety of minors or double majors. Students who plan to become teachers can pursue a minor in Secondary Education or an M.S.Ed. degree.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in History

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in history. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all history courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 History  36
      HIST 101. Europe to 1815
      HIST 102. Europe since 1815
      HIST 200. Historical Methods and Historiography*
      HIST 201. United States History to 1865
      HIST 202. United States History Since 1865
      One course chosen from
           HIST 491 or HIST 492 (Advanced History Reading Program I or II)
           HIST 498 or HIST 499 (Senior Research Paper I or II)
      Six history electives**
3
3
3
3
3
3


18
 Classical Culture  6
      CULT 101. Greek Civilization
      CULT 102. Roman Civilization  
3
3
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above*** 3
 Mathematics  3
      One mathematics course at the 121 level or higher 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  36
 Total  120

* History majors are strongly encouraged to take HIST 200 during the second year.

** Of the six history electives, three must be 300-level and three must be either 200- or 400-level. 

*** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. History majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

NOTE: History majors are advised to take at least one intensive courseHIST 200 and the corresponding introductory course are required before taking an intensive course. The intensive course should be taken before HIST 491 / HIST 492. Intensive courses are limited to history majors.

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

Every history major must fulfill the Comprehensive Examination Requirement by submitting a senior thesis demonstrating mastery of the skills needed for independent study in history or by taking the Advanced History Reading Program (HIST 491 or HIST 492). HIST 491 and HIST 492 are senior seminar courses requiring the application of knowledge and skills presumably acquired through the major in history.

Special Programs

The Department of History offers several programs for qualified students. History majors are encouraged to participate in the University Honors Program, which involves taking honors seminars and completing an honors project in history during their senior year. The department offers numerous internships in area historical societies, museums and archives. Students who plan to become teachers can obtain a B.A. in history with the option of pursuing a minor in Secondary Education or an M.S.Ed. degree; the latter degree brings eligibility for permanent certification. History majors can also pursue the minor in Web Publication and Application Development or International Relations (as a joint project with the Political Science Department). Within the department, students can take a specialization in public history. Students who plan for careers in law or many other fields likewise can fashion courses of study that will prepare them for their future professions. Further information on all of the above can be obtained from the professors in the department.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in History

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 101 3
CULT 101  3 CLAR 111 3
Language 101*/General Elective 3 Language 102*/General Elective 3
HIST 100 3 CULT 102 3
HIST 101  3 HIST 102  3
Total  15 Total  15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
Core Area Course (Clare) 4 General Electives 3
HIST 200  3 Language 202* 3
Language 201*/General Elective 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3 HIST 202  3
HIST 201 3 History Elective** 3
Total 16 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
History Elective** 3 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 History Elective** 3
General Electives 9 General Electives 6
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
History Elective** 3 History Elective** 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
General Elective 3 HIST 492 / History Elective** 3
HIST 491 / History Elective** 3 General Elective 3
CLAR 401  2    
Total 14 Total  15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** Of the history electives, three must be 300-level and three must be either 200- or 400-level.

NOTE: History majors are advised to take at least one intensive courseHIST 200 and the corresponding introductory course are required before taking an intensive course. The intensive course should be taken before HIST 491 / HIST 492. Intensive courses are limited to history majors.

Requirements for a Minor in History

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in history. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all history courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.