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Adolescent Education Requirement

Undergraduate Major Requirement

The History major consists of 30 credits, as follows:

  • A minimum of 6 credits of HIST-designated courses with a grade of C or better required before the declaration of major.
  • A maximum of 9 credits in 100-level courses may be taken.
  • A minimum of 18 credits in advanced-level courses distributed as follows: o 6 credits in 200-level courses (Not including HIST 290) o 12 credits in 300-level courses (including HIST 300).
  • HIST 290 (History Practicum). A minimum grade of C is required to receive credit for HIST 290.
  • HIST 300 (Historical Research) or HIST 400 (Historical Research Honors). Prerequisite: HIST 290. A minimum grade of C is required to receive credit for HIST 300/HIST 400.

HIST 300 involves a 3 credit project involving closely supervised individualized student work under faculty direction in planning, preparing, and polishing a history research paper. Written permission from the instructor and permission from the History Department are required for registration.

Within the requirements for the major (exclusive of HIST300) students must complete a minimum of 6 credits in each of the following geographic fields: 1) United States history; 2) European history (includes Russian and the U.S.S.R.); 3) world/Non-Western (Asia, Africa, Middle East)/Latin American history. If there are questions about the applicability of a course for a particular requirement please consult with a History Department advisor. Appropriate HIST 290 and HIST 300/400 sections may count toward one or another of these fields; see department for more information. No less than half of the courses taken for the major (15 credits) must be taken at Hunter College. Courses taken for Cr/NC may not be applied to the major. It is strongly recommended that history majors consult with an undergraduate advisor prior to their last semester to review progress toward fulfillment of the requirements for the major. History majors who chose to have an allied minor should consult with the advisor of the minor department for requirements.

Undergraduate Minor in History

A history minor consists of 12 credits taken for letter grades (C or better); Credit/No Credit cannot be counted toward the minor. Courses must be distributed in at least two geographic fields (currently defined as U.S., Europe, and World/non-Western/Latin America). A minimum of six credits must be in courses at the 300-level or higher. Internships (HIST 498) do not count toward completion of the minor, although students completing the minor may elect to include an internship as an additional course. HIST 300 and Tutorials (HIST 493) are available only to History Majors and, thus, do not count toward the minor. At least six credits must be taken in the History Department at Hunter College. Courses taken in other disciplines will not count toward the minor unless cross-listed and taken under the appropriate HIST course prefix. Transfer courses must be approved by the History Undergraduate Advisor.

Adolescent Education (Social Studies) Requirements


  • HIST 151 (U.S. from the Colonial Era to the Civil War)
  • HIST 152 (U.S. from the Civil War to the Present )
  • GEOG 101 (People and Their Environment)

MAJOR (33 credits):

1. Political Science and Economics (6 credits):

  • POLSC 110 (American Government: A Historical Introduction) or POLSC 111 (Introduction to American Government and Politics)
  • ECON 100 (Introduction to Economics)

2. Geography (6 credits):

  • GEOG 251 (Geography of the United States and Canada)
  • One course selected from the following:

GEOG 270 (Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean)

GEOG 271 (South America) GEOG 272 (Europe) GEOG 274 (Middle East and North Africa)

GEOG 275 (Sub-Saharan Africa)

GEOG 277 (East Asia)

GEOG 278 (Russia and Central Asia)

GEOG 328 (Urban Environmental Problems: Evaluations and Solutions)

GEOG 341 (Urban Geography)

3. History (21 credits):

A maximum of 6 credits in history courses at the 100-level and a minimum of 9 credits in history courses at the 300-level or above. Courses taken to satisfy the prerequisite requirement do not count.

  • WORLD/NON-U.S. HISTORY - 12 credits including a least three credits in each of the following categories (courses may be used to count toward only one category; described category must comprise 50% or more of course content for course to qualify): 1) Pre-1800 2) non-Europe 3) Europe
  • U.S. HISTORY - 6 credits, all above the 100-level

History Practicum or any dedicated seminar or Honors course at the 400 level approved by the Undergraduate Advisor and/or the Department Chair, as involving significant writing in the major ("SWIM") or graduate-level history course (700-level) available with permission to graduating seniors (Senior Year Non-Traditional Course; "SYNC")


Students interested in applying to Adolescent Education should plan to apply during the first weeks of the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to enroll. 

Students must participate in a group interview with several other students and School of Education faculty members. 
Students must complete an on-site writing sample that the School of Education faculty will use to assess written English skills.


Information regarding specific requirements for the program in adolescent education - progress standards, education course sequence, admission to methods course, fieldwork and student teaching - may be obtained from the Office of Educational Services, Room 1000 Hunter West

Departmental Honors

Honors in History requires:

*an overall GPA of 3.0 or better AND a GPA of 3.5 or better in History

*completeion of an honors qualifying course, which includes:

--an honors seminar or 400-level course.

--an independent study.

--a graduate level course taken for undergraduate credit.


Transfer Students

Transfer students with 60 or more credits who have a GPA of at least 3.3 will be conditionally admitted to the program without requiring that they complete 12 credits at Hunter College. However, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at Hunter College must be established to continue in the program after the first semester.

Any transfer student who has a GPA of 2.8-3.29 must complete 12 credits at Hunter college with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 before applying to the program in adolescence education.

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