The Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences

Major Requirements

Prerequisites to the Major

Contact Information

Department of History
915 Volunteer Blvd.
6th Floor Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-4065

Phone: 865-974-5421
Fax: 865-974-3915

Students may not declare a history major until they have passed, with a grade of C or better, both semesters of a survey sequence chosen from the following history courses: 221-222, 227-228, 241-242, 247-248, 261-262. Alternatively, students may declare a major after they have passed, with a grade of C or better, any two one-semester courses from the above sequences. Advanced Placement (AP) with a credit score of 4 or 5, or transfer credit, is acceptable to fulfill these prerequisites. After prerequisite courses have been completed, students should declare their major by making an appointment with Luke Garton, the academic advisor for the History Department. Fore more information, please refer to our Declaring a Major page.

Requirements for the Major

All history majors must complete 30 credit ours of history courses, of which 6 credit hours must be History 221 and 222 (or their honors equivalents). The remaining 24 credit hours must be upper-division history courses. The upper-division courses shall include at least:

  • one course in European history
  • one course in United States history
  • two courses in Latin American history, Asian history, or African history, at least one of which must be in Asia or Africa
  • one additional course focusing predominantly on a period prior to 1750.
  • and History 499, a one-semester research and writing seminar that is required for all history majors enrolled under the Fall 2009 catalog or later

The remaining 6 credit hours can be any upper-division courses.

Courses in European History

301 History of Early Greece; 302 History of Classical Greece; 303 History of the Roman Republic; 304 History of the Roman Empire; 305 History of the Late Roman Empire; 306 History of Hellenistic Greece; 310-311 The Ancient World; 312-313 Medieval History; 314 Renaissance Europe; 315 Reformation Europe, 1500-1650; 316 Early Modern Europe, 1650-1800; 319 Modern Europe, 1750-1914; 320 Contemporary Europe, 1900-Present; 321 New Testament Origins; 322 Christian Thought; 323 Deviance and Persecution in the Christian West, 1100-1700; 324 Women in European History; 330-331 History of England; 332 Europe in the Age of Total War, 1900-2000; 333 History of the Cold War; 334-335 History of Germany; 339 Modern Ireland, 1760-Present; 341 History of Russia; 342 History of Nazi Germany; 395 The Crusades and Medieval Christian-Muslim Relations; 429 Medieval Intellectual History; 431 European Intellectual and Cultural History; 432 Women in European History; 433 European Diplomatic History; 470 Studies in British History; 471 Studies in Western European History; 472 Studies in Central European History; 473 Studies in Eastern European History; 474 Studies in Medieval and Early Modern European History.   373, 482, 485 when topic is appropriate.

Courses in United States History

325 Women in American History; 345 Religion in the United States; 349 United States Military History 1754 to the Present; 350 Colonial America to 1763; 351 The American Revolution, 1763-1789; 352 The Early American Republic, 1800-1860; 353 Civil War and Reconstruction Eras, 1860-1877; 354 United States, 1877-1933; 355 United States, 1933 to the Present; 356 The 1960s in America; 359 American Religious History; 379 The African-American Experience from the Colonial Period to the Civil War; 380 The African-American Experience from the Civil War to the Present; 436 History of Gender and Sexuality in the U.S.; 440 War and Truth in America; 441 The American West; 442 Natives and Newcomers in America; 444 History of the South; 449 History of Tennessee; 450 History of U.S. Foreign Relations to World War II; 451 United States Military History, 1754 to the Present; 452 The American Experience in World War II; 479 Studies in United States History.  373, 482, 485 when topic is appropriate.

Courses in Latin American History, Asian History, and African History

343 History of Mexico; 344 History of Brazil; 360-361 History of Latin America, 369-370 History of the Middle East; 371-372 African History; 381 History of South Africa; 383 History of Jewish Civilization I; 389-390 History of China; 391 Chinese Intellectual History; 392-393 History of Japan; 395  The Crusades and Medieval Christian-Muslim Relations; 400 History and Archaeology of Mesopotamia; 464 The Spanish Conquest; 465 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America; 469 Studies in African History; 475 Studies in Latin American History; 476 Studies in Asian History; 484 Studies in Jewish History; 486 Studies in the Ancient Near East. 373, 482, 485 when subject matter is appropriate.

Pre-1750 Courses

Courses that focus exclusively or predominately on periods before 1750 include 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 321, 322, 323, 330, 334, 350, 360, 369, 371, 382, 383, 389, 395, 429, 464, 474.   The following courses may be petitioned to satisfy this requirement when the period coverage is appropriate: 373, 385, 470, 471, 476, 482, 484, and 485.

Other Possibilities

395 The Crusades and the Medieval Christian-Muslim Relations may be counted for either Europe or Asia/Africa. The following courses, depending on their subject matter, may be petitioned to satisfy the appropriate geographical area: 373 Historical Issues; 375 Revolutions in Historical Perspective; 385 Studies in World History; 482 Colloquium in History; 485 Studies in Cross Cultural History.


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