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Four-Year Plans

Click on the links below to view some examples of the paths a Coe student may take to graduate with a major in History.


Completing the Major: The "I Know I Want to Major in History" Plan

There are many ways to complete the history major at Coe efficiently and in four years. Here is one sample path of a typical student who arrives at Coe knowing that he or she wants to major in history. Students, of course, should always work closely with their advisers and members of the department to make the best course choices for their situation.

First Year:

  • History of Western Civilization to 1500 (Fall)
  • History of Western Civilization since 1500 (Spring)
  • An interesting elective of his or her choice (Fall or Spring)

Note: One could just as easily take the U.S. history survey courses in the first year and then take the Western Civilization surveys in the second. Students majoring in history are required to take three of the four Western Civilization and U.S. History surveys. If a student takes only one Western Civilization course, he or she takes an additional European history course; if a student takes only one U.S. history survey, he or she takes an additional U.S. history course. Please see the catalog or a department member, if you have any questions.

Second Year:

  • The Historian's Craft (Fall)
  • History of the United States to 1865 (Fall)
  • History of the United States since 1865 (Spring)
  • An Asian history course (Spring)

Third Year:

  • Seminar in American History or Seminar in European or Asian History (Fall or Spring)
  • An interesting elective course (Fall or Spring)

Note: The third, or junior, year is typically the year that students study off-campus and that can certainly be done while pursuing a history major at Coe. Even a full year of off-campus study is possible; the courses listed here would simply be moved to the fourth year.

Fourth Year:

  • The "other" Seminar required for the major (Fall or Spring)
  • A third interesting elective course (Fall or Spring)

Completing the Major: The "I Might Want to Major in History" Plan

There are many ways to complete the history major at Coe efficiently and in four years.  Here is one sample path of a typical student who arrives at Coe considering a major in history, but is not certain about it. In that case, sampling courses to try out the major is the best course of action. Students, of course, should always work closely with their advisers and members of the department to make the best course choices for their situation.

First Year:

  • History of Western Civilization to 1500 (Fall)
  • An interesting elective of his or her choice (Fall or Spring)
  • History of the United States since 1865 (Spring)

Note: Students majoring in history are required to take three of the four Western Civilization and U.S. History surveys. If a student takes only one Western Civilization course, he or she takes an additional European history course; if a student takes only one U.S. history survey, he or she takes an additional U.S. history course. Please see the catalog or a department member, if you have any questions.

Second Year:

  • The Historian's Craft (Fall) 
    Note: Taking The Historian's Craft indicates that a student is quite sure that they wish to major in history. If the student is not certain, it can be delayed to the fall of the third year.
  • History of the United States to 1865 (Fall)
  • History of Western Civilization since 1500 (Spring)
  • An Asian history course (Spring)

Third Year:

  • Seminar in American History or Seminar in European or Asian History (Fall or Spring) 
    Note: This course should be taken after completing The Historian's Craft.
  • An interesting elective course (Fall or Spring)

Note: The third, or junior, year is typically the year that students study off-campus and that can certainly be done while pursuing a history major at Coe. Even a full year of off-campus study is possible; the courses listed here would simply be moved to the fourth year.

Fourth Year:

  • The "other" Seminar required for the major (Fall or Spring)
  • A third interesting elective course (Fall or Spring)

Completing the Major: The "I Want to Major in History, but I Decided Late" Plan

There are many ways to complete the history major at Coe efficiently and in four years. Here is one sample path of a typical student who arrives at Coe not knowing that he or she wants to major in history, but then figures that out late in his or her sophomore year. In that case, courses are taken in a more compact schedule, but it is still entirely possible to complete the history major by the end of the fourth year. Students, of course, should always work closely with their advisers and members of the department to make the best course choices for their situation.

First Year:

  • I didn’t take any.

Second Year:

  • Again, I didn't take any.
  • Is it still possible to major in history in four years? YES!

Third Year:

  • The Historian's Craft (Fall)
  • History of Western Civilization to 1500 (Fall)
  • History of the United States to 1865 (Fall)
  • History of Western Civilization since 1500 (Spring)
  • History of the United States since 1865 (Spring)
  • An Asian history course (Spring)

Note: Students majoring in history are required to take three of the four Western Civilization and U.S. History surveys. If a student takes only one Western Civilization course, he or she takes an additional European history course; if a student takes only one U.S. history survey, he or she takes an additional U.S. history course. Please see the catalog or a department member, if you have any questions.

Note: The third, or junior, year is typically the year that students study off-campus and that can certainly be done while pursuing a history major at Coe. Even on this “late decision” plan, a student, working closely with his or her adviser, can figure out how to study off-campus and complete the major in four years.

Fourth Year:

  • Seminar in American History or Seminar in European or Asian History (Fall)
  • An interesting elective course (Fall)
  • A second interesting elective course (Fall)
  • The "other" Seminar required for the major (Spring)
  • A third interesting elective course (Spring)