Major in History

A course taken within the Compass Curriculum and taught by an instructor from the History Department may be used as one class within the history major, with the approval of the department chair.

Students must take the following required courses before their senior year. Exceptions are by department chair approval only.

  • HIST 2100: History of the United States to 1877
  • HIST 2110: History of the United States since 1877
  • HIST 2350: History of Modern Europe—Enlightenment to the Fall of Soviet Communism

Students must take one 2000-level course with an African, Middle Eastern, or global focus. See list of classes to choose from below.

  • HIST 2400: Introduction to African History
  • HIST 2510: The Cross and The Crescent: The Medieval World of the Crusades

Students must take one 3000-level course with a focus on the United States. See list of classes to choose from below.

  • HIST 3100: Topics in American Culture
  • HIST 3110: Colonial America
  • HIST 3140: Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 3160: The History of Medicine and Health in the US
  • HIST 3170: African-American Heritage
  • HIST 3180: Immigrations and Migrations in American History
  • HIST 3210: The Great Depression
  • HIST 3220: The Forties and Fifties
  • HIST 3230: The Sixties
  • HIST 3240: The Seventies and Eighties
  • HIST 3260: Women (and Men) in America

Students must take one 3000-level course with a focus on Europe. See list of classes to choose from below.

  • HIST 3300: Topics in European Culture and History
  • HIST 3310: Conquests and Cultures—The Making of Early Britain
  • HIST 3320: Conquests and Cultures—The Expansion of the British World
  • HIST 3340: History of the French and Haitian Revolutions through the Age of Napoleon
  • HIST 3350: History of Modern France and Colonies
  • HIST 3360: European Women
  • HIST 3370: Art and Power in Europe
  • HIST 3380: History of Sexuality in Europe

Students must take one 3000-level course with an African, Middle Eastern, or global focus. See list of classes to choose from below.

  • HIST 3410: First World War: A Global Approach
  • HIST 3420: Second World War: A Global Approach
  • HIST 3430: Caravans of Gold
  • HIST 3440: The Making of Modern Africa
  • HIST 3500: Topics in Middle Eastern History
  • HIST 3520: Twice Promised Land

Students must fulfill a 4-credit department requirement for engaged learning. Choose an option below to complete the requirement.

  • HIST 4810-4813 Archives Internship
  • HIST 4850-4853 History Internship
  • Millsaps-approved study abroad program
  • Research abroad course
  • Completion of a Ford Teaching Fellow (TEACH ####)
  • Honors Project (HIST HI, HIST HII)
  • Other (as approved by Department Chair)

Students must take two additional history electives, of student choice.

  • HIST ####
  • HIST ####

All history majors must complete the senior seminar course and a comprehensive exam in their major.

  • HIST 4900: Senior Seminar
  • Comprehensive Exam

Minor in History

Students must take the following courses:

  • HIST 2100: History of the United States to 1877
  • HIST 2110: History of the United States since 1877

Students must choose one course from the list below:

  • HIST 2350: History of Modern Europe—Enlightenment to the Fall of Soviet Communism
  • HIST 2400: Introduction to African History

Students must also take two additional history (HIST) courses, of student choice, at the 3000 level.

  • *HIST 3XXX
  • *HIST 3XXX