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The History major requires 32 credits in history, including HI 275 - Introduction To The History Major, four courses at the 300-level, including one course 3XXR (300-level research course) or the thesis option (HI 373 and HI 374).

Credits toward the major: Courses successfully completed through Advanced Placement, courses completed at other accredited institutions, and course credit received in programs abroad may, with the permission of the chair, be counted toward history requirements. Of the work submitted for the major, interdepartmental majors, and the minor, the department requires that at least half be credits taught in the History Department and listed in the Skidmore Catalog.

The department will accept an Advanced Placement exam score of 4 or 5 in either American, European, or World history to be treated as equivalent to one course (4 credits) toward the major.

Effective Class of 2016 and beyond:
Students studying abroad or at other institutions in the U.S. may transfer a maximum of one 300-level course per term of study and no more than two such courses in total.
HISTORY WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT: History requires clear analytical prose that can convey complicated ideas, present evidence, and walk readers through an argument. The discipline has its roots in the humanities and thus values elegant, polished writing. Writing in history is also a key part of the learning process. It is through writing that students take disparate facts and events and turn them into historical interpretation. All History courses contribute to the development of students' writing skills and are designed to prepare students for a final research project. Therefore, History and interdepartmental majors will fulfill the Skidmore writing-in-the-major requirement as they complete the requirements for the History major.

History courses that ordinarily carry 3 credit hours may carry 4 credit hours when they have a fourth contact hour of class or when they qualify as enhanced courses without a required fourth contact hour of class, developing particular student skills and offering a distinctive approach to learning. Enhanced courses are so designated in the master schedule and follow one of the following models:

Research in History (designated HI XXX (R)): Students develop research questions and hone research skills by identifying and assessing primary and/or secondary sources (including scholarly literature), preparing interim analyses (such as thesis statements, bibliographies, drafts), and making written or oral presentations on final research findings.

Writing History (designated HI XXX (W)): Students spend additional time drafting, revising, and critiquing to hone their skills at argumentation and analysis within appropriate historical context. They attend not only to content but also to style and voice in their critical papers.

Critical Perspectives (designated HI XXX (P)): Students study films, listen to public lectures, and read novels, and/or make field trips to enrich their understanding of history, and submit critical reports on what they have learned in written or oral presentations.

In cooperation with the advisor, a student majoring in history should construct a program to include a broad knowledge of history in general, as well as specific knowledge of one area of history in greater depth. The program should include a variety of approaches to the study of history and should demonstrate the ability to work at different levels.

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