Undergraduate Degree Requirements:

It is important to 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: 24 credit hours

HIST 1200, 1210, 1300, 1310, 2200, 2220, 2720 or 2730, and 4950*

.*HIST 4950 satisfies the senior thesis/capstone requirement.

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: 6 credit hours

Six hours of history electives with approval of advisor.

Elective Courses: 36 credit hours

Nine credit hours of Social Science cognate courses recommended. Social Science cognate courses may be chosen from Geography, Sociology, or Psychology, in a single discipline intended to complement the history major.

Secondary Teaching Option in History (HSST)

General Requirements:

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Students must:

  • Pass three state examinations, Test of Academic Proficiency, History Content Area, and EDTPA (Secondary 6-12).
  • Have a GPA in the major and overall of 3.0 or higher (after 12 credit hours)
  • Complete 125 credit hours:
    • General Education 39 credit hours
    • Area of Specialization 54 credit hours
    • Professional Education 32 credit hours


Specific Requirements :

General Education: 39 credit hours

Composition (6 credit hours): ENG 1270 and 1280.

Humanities (9 credit hours) 

CMAT 1130 and 6 credit hours of elective courses in humanities, 3 hours of which must be in fine arts.

Foreign Language (6 credit hours): At least 6 credit hours in a single foreign language.

Natural Sciences (6 credit hours): At least 3 credit hours from a physical science and at least 3 credit hours from a life science. At least one of the courses must be laboratory course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours): Any 1000-level course or above.

Social Sciences(9 credit hours): PSYC 1100 and 2040 POL 1010.

Embedded Requirements (no additional credit hours needed: Fine Arts requirement (see Humanities above), Diversity requirement (fulfilled through HIST 1200, 1210, 2220, or GEOG 1000.

Critical Thinking Requirement: Students must select at least one 3 credit hour course in the area of Critical Thinking, which can also fulfill a Humanities or Natural Science requirement above.


Area of Specialization: 54 credit hours

Required History Courses: 42 credit hours

HIST 1200, 1210, 1300, 1310, 2200, 2220, 2470,

Ancient/Medieval Field (3 credit hours).

Minimum of 6 credit hours in each field and total of 18 credit hours: U.S./African American/Latin American History Field, African/Asian/European/World History Field

Required Supportive Courses 6 credit hours

GEOG 1000 or 1100, GEOG 1400, ECON 1010, SOC 1010.

Professional Education 32 credit hours

HIST 1092; ED 1500, 1520, 2000, 4312, and 4500*; PSYC 2020, S ED 4301* and 4303*; READ 4100*; CAS 2630*; HIST 4363* and 4375* (*Course must be passed with at least a grade of C).

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.