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Adolescent Education Requirement

Undergraduate Major Requirement

The History major consists of 30 credits, as follows:

  • A maximum of 9 credits in 100-level courses may be taken.
  • A minimum of 18 credits in advanced-level courses distributed as follows:
    (a) 6 credits in 200-level courses (not including HIST 29000)
    (b) 9 credits in 300-level courses or higher (not including HIST 30000/HIST 40000)
  • HIST 29000 (History Practicum) (W).
    A minimum grade of C is required to receive credit for HIST 29000.
    Majors must have passed 9 credits of HIST-designated courses before enrolling in HIST 29000.
    No more than 6 of the 9 credits required for HIST 29000 enrollment may be at the 100 level. 
  • HIST 30000 (Historical Research) (W) or HIST 40000 (Historical Research Honors) [H].
    Prerequisite: HIST 29000.
    A minimum grade of C is required to receive credit for HIST 30000/HIST 40000.

HIST 30000 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.

Some HIST 29000 sections may count toward one or another of these geographic fields. However, you need to check with both the instructor and an adviser in the department to make sure that a particular section will indeed be applicable.

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; AP history courses with scores of 4 or 5 and IB history courses with scores over 5 are accepted.

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 49800) do not count toward completion of the minor, although students completing the minor may elect to include an internship as an additional course. HIST 30000 and Tutorials (HIST 49300) 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. Courses taken for Cr/NC may not be applied to the minor; AP history courses with scores of 4 or 5 and IB history courses with scores over 5 are accepted.

Adolescent Education (Social Studies) Requirements

Courses Required for the Major:

Introductory Courses to the Major (9 credits):

  • HIST 15100 (U.S. from the Colonial Era to the Civil War)
  • HIST 15200 (U.S. from the Civil War to the Present)
  • GEOG 10100 (People and their Environment) or GEOG 15000 (World Regional Geography)

Political Science and Economics (6 credits):

  • ECON 10000 (Introduction to Economics)
  • POLSC 11000 (American Government: A Historical Introduction) or POLSC 11100 (Introduction to American Government and Politics)

Geography (6 credits):

  • GEOG 22100 (Economic Geography and Globalization)
  • GEOG 24100 (Population Geography)
  • GEOG 24300 (Urban Geography)
  • GEOG 24400 (Political Geography)
  • GEOG 24700 (Cultural Geography)
  • GEOG 305xx (Special Topics in Urban and Regional Dynamics)
  • GEOG 306xx (Special Topics in Contemporary Regional Geographies)
  • GEOG 32800 (Urban Environmental Problems: Evaluations and Solutions)

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 4) One additional World/Non-US History
  • 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")

Admissions Process 

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.

Program Requirements

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

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who pursue our history major will be able:

  • to apply continuity, change over time, context, causation, and corroboration in order to understand how change in societies, systems of knowledge and belief, technologies, and cultures offer a broader sense of the common features of the human experience
  • to distinguish and analyze the culturally and politically constructed nature of individual and group identities in specific historical contexts and as they change over time
  • to identify and evaluate both the role that individuals play in shaping history and the roles of broader forces of historical change (such as social, intellectual and ideological movements, cultural developments and economic trends), and to appreciate the relationship between all these factors and political change
  • to analyze history across multiple centuries and major geographical regions, and to be able to apply such analysis comparatively when appropriate
  • to plan, research and create papers using primary and secondary sources, appropriate citation and language that can withstand critical assessment for thesis, argumentation and content

Departmental Honors

Students will be eligible for honors in history upon the completion of all of the requirements for the major (including HIST 30000) with a 3.5 GPA and a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation. Students may complete a portion of their major requirements in one of the following ways:

• completing HIST 40000 with a grade of B or better in lieu of HIST 30000, which is required for the major


• completing 3 credits with a grade of B or better in an honors seminar, problems course, or tutorial (with departmental permission) in lieu of one of their 300- level or higher courses required for the major. Such seminars, honors courses, or tutorial options include:

  • o HIST 48300 Problems in US History (Honors) (W)
  • o HIST 48400 Problems in European History (Honors) (W)
  • o HIST 48500 Problems in Non-Western History (Honors) (W)
  • o HIST 49300 Individual Tutorial Research Project

Note: The student must still complete HIST 30000 or HIST 40000.


• completing a graduate-level course (with special permission from the instructor) with a grade of B or better in lieu of one of their 300-level or higher courses required for the major.

Note: The student must still complete HIST 30000 or HIST 40000.

Eligible students should apply for honors at the time they file for graduation. Applications are available from the department.

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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