Undergraduate Degree Requirements:

It is important realize that course requirements may change during the time you begin your undergraduate program in History at Chicago State University . In some cases you may be exempt from new requirements. If curriculum changes are mandated by the state board of education, however, you will not be exempt and must accept the changes to the program. Mid-program curriculum changes are more common for History/Secondary Education majors than for Liberal Arts History majors. The Department Chair and Advisors will inform you as soon as possible if or when any changes take place in the program. The following are recent and anticipated curriculum changes


Undergraduate History Major (HIST)

General Requirements:

Admission to any of the department’s programs requires academic good standing, an interview with the undergraduate advisor, and formal acceptance by the department.

A final grade of C or above is required in all History courses counted in the History major or minor, either as transfer credit or completed at Chicago State University.

Completion of 120 semester hours of work:

42 hours in general education consisting of 6 hours in composition, 9 hours in humanities,
6 hours of a single foreign language, 9 hours in Physical and Life Sciences,
3 hours in mathematics, and 9 hours in Social Sciences (embedded course
hours consisting of 3 hours in Critical Thinking, 3 hours in Diversity, 3 hours in Fine Arts, and 3 hours in Interdisciplinary coursework should also be completed); 42 hours in history;
36 hours in electives, to include a minor, selected with the approval of an advisor in the department; and passing the examination on the state and federal constitutions.


Specific Requirements:

Required Courses: 21 credit hours
HIST 1200, 1210, 1300, 1310, 2200, 2220, 2710.

Concentration Courses: 12 credit hours
Select six hours in each of two fields of concentration: U.S., European, Africa, African American, and Latin American with approval of advisor.

History Elective Courses: 9 credit hours
Nine hours of history electives with approval of advisor.

Elective Courses: 36 credit hours
A minor sequence of 18 credit hours chosen from any one discipline in the arts and sciences, approved by the department advisor.

Free electives, consisting of 18 credit hours approved by the department advisor.


Secondary Teaching Option in History (HSST)

General Requirements:

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Students must:

  • Pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
  • Complete 141 credit hours in:
    • General Education 42 credit hours
    • Area of Specialization 69 credit hours
    • Professional Education 30 credit hours


Specific Requirements :

General Education: 42 credit hours
Composition: 6 credit hours
ENG 1270 and 1280.
Humanities 6 credit hours
CMAT 1130 and 3 credit hours of elective courses in
Foreign Language 6 credit hours
At least 6 credit hours in a single foreign language.
Physical and Life Science 9 credit hours
At least 3 credits from a physical science and at least 3 credits from a life science, with 3 hours in another physical or life science discipline.  At least one course must be a laboratory course.
Mathematics 6 credit hours
Math 1010 and 1020
Social Sciences 6 credit hours
PSYC 1100 and 2040.
Diversity: 3 hours
Area of Specialization 69 credit hours
Required History Courses 24 credit hours
HIST 1200, 1210, 1300, 1310, 2200**, 2220, 2470,
and 3 hours selected from HIST 4030, 4100,
4270, 4280, 4290, 4430.
Elective History Courses 21 credit hours
9 hours of elective courses in American history;
12 hours of elective courses in European or world history.
Required Supportive Courses 6 credit hours
HIST 0920; ECON 1010; POL 1010
Required Geography Minor 18 credit hours
GEOG 1000, 1400; plus 3 hours from GEOG 2210, 2230, or 4500; plus 3 hours from 

GEOG 2410, 2420, or 2430; plus 6 hours geography electives at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 levels.
Professional Education 30 credit hours
ELCF 1520 and 2000; ED 4312; PSYC 2020; S ED 4301 and 4303*; ELCF 4500*;

READ 4100*; HIST 4630* and 4750*; CAS 2630.
The courses must be passed with at least a grade of C.
* Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.
** HIST 2200 completes the 15 credit hour requirement in Humanities for students majoring in the Secondary Teaching Option in History.


Minor in History

18 credit hours

The requirements for minors must be completed prior to graduation in order for the minor to appear on the transcript. For more information about minors, see the chairperson of the department.

Completion of 18 credit hours in history electives to be selected with the approval of the departmental academic advisor, including a minimum of six credit hours in American history and six credit hours in European history. Also, six hours at the 1000-level, six hours at the 2000-level, and six hours at the 4000-level. The department will accept only courses with a grade of C or better for the completion of the minor.