History Curriculum

History Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the History bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.



  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • The Western Heritage (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language I (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  15.5


  • The Western Heritage II (3 credits)
  • Introductory Biological Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language II (4 credits)

Total Credits:  16


  • World History I (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language III (4 credits)

Total Credits:  16


  • World History II (3 credits)
  • Scope and Methods of History (3 credits)
  • Revolutionary America (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)

Total Credits:  15

SEMESTERS 5, 6, 7, AND 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses are available to you in your third and fourth years.
Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and personal interests.

  • Additional Core Courses
    American Civilization to 1877; American Civilization since 1877; Scope and Methods of History
  • Lower-Division Supporting Courses 
    Rise of Civilization in the Old World; Ancient Greece; Roman Republic and Empire; Medieval Europe; Crusades: Holy War in the Middle East; The World at War, 1939-1945; History of Fascism and Nazism; History of the Holocaust; Vietnam in War and Peace; American Business History; History of Science II; Latin American History; Introduction to Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology
  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    Renaissance and Reformation; War of 1812; The United States in Civil War and Reconstruction; American Military History; American Diplomacy, 1776-1914; America Between the Wars, 1919-1945; Modern France; American Environmental History; American Themes, American Eras; Archaeology of the Near East; Intermediate Field Methods

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence. Your schedule will vary depending on your interests; it is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook for specific degree requirements.