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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of History and Geography offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts as well as minors in history and in geography and an interdisciplinary minor in Pan African studies.

Curriculum for History Majors 

Requirements for the Major

  • Geography 1010/1030/1060
  • 34 hours in History (no more than 6 hours at the 1000 or 2000 level, excluding History 2990):
    • History 2990 (Historian’s Craft)
    • At least one course each in these three fields:
      U.S. History: HIST 1010, 1020, 3000, 3010, 3020, 3030, 3040, 3050, 3060, 3080, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3160, 3180, 3190, 3230, 3240,3250, 3260, 3270, 3280, 3290, 3900,   3920, 4000, 4280, F&RR 3920.
      European History: HIST 3210, 3220, 3530, 3540, 3550, 3610, 3630, 3650, 3670, 3700, 3720, 3730, 3740, 3750, 3770, 3780, 3800, 3810, 3840, 3850, 3860, 3870, 4500, 4510, 4600,4700, 4710.
      Non-Western History: HIST 3300, 3330, 3340, 3370, 3380, 3390, 3400, 3410, 3420, 3510, 3520, 3910, 3940, 3960, 3970, 4360, 4380, 4400.
    • Two courses at the 4000 level, one of which must be History 4900 (Senior Seminar).

Other Requirements for Graduation

  • English 1030 (or for AP or transfer students, English 1020).
  • History 1720 and History 1730 (these cannot count for the major).
  • Two Literature courses on general education list (in some cases, one can be combined with STS requirement).
  • A non-literature upper level Humanities course (but MUSIC 2100, THEA 2100, and ART 2100 count).
  • Three 3000 or 4000 level courses in Humanities (but MUSIC 2100, THEA 2100, and ART 2100 count).
  • Completion of the 2020 course in a foreign language.
  • Natural Science with lab (4 hours): ASTR 1010/1030, 1020/1040, BIOL 1030/1040; 1090/1100, 1110, 1210/1200, 1220/1200, 1230/1200; CH 1010,1020, 1050,1060; GEOL 1010/1030, 1020, 1120/1140; PH SC 1070/1080; PHYS 1220/1240, 2070/2090, 2080/2100, 2210/2230, 2220/2240 (underlined courses those recommended for non-science majors).
  • Mathematics requirement: 3 hours taken from  MTHSC 1010, 1020, 1060, 1080, 2030, 2070, 3010, 3090 or from EX ST 2220 (also counts for STS) or 3010.
  • Math/Natural Science requirement: any general education mathematics course or any course on the natural science with Lab list (see above; lab may omitted if it is optional) PHYS 2400 or AGRIC 3150; BIOSC 2000; EN SP 2000; GEOL 3000 (these last three count for STS).
  • Science and Technology in Society: In some cases, the STS requirement can be combined with the natural science, math/natural science or humanities requirement.) See complete list of courses that fulfill requirement at: STS Course Link.
  • A Minor, typically 15 hours (may involve more for prerequisites in minor courses).
  • Maximum of 17 elective hours.
  • 120 Total Semester Hours for graduation.


Minors in History, Geography, and Pan African Studies

Requirements for a Minor in History:

  • 15 Credits in History at the 3000 and 4000 level.
  • 3 Credits in History at the 4000 level.

Requirements for a Minor in Geography:

  • 3 Credits in Geography at the 1000 level.
  • 15 Credits in Geography at the 3000 and 4000 level.
  • At least one 4000-level Geography course.
  • One of the following courses may be taken as part of the 15-credit, upper-level requirements but may not be substituted for the required 4000-level geography course: R S (SOC) 4710, BIOSC 4420.

Requirements for a Minor in Pan African Studies:
The Pan African Studies Minor at Clemson University draws on the strengths of several departments across campus. A minor in Pan-African Studies requires 15 credits at the 3000 and 4000 levels, distributed as follows:

  • Group I -- Three credits from AAS 3010, 4980.
  • Group II -- Three credits from GEOG 3300, HIST 3380, 3390, 4380.
  • Group III -- Three credits from ENGL 4820, 4830, HIST 3110, 3120, PO SC 3810, SOC 4600, THEA 3170.
  • Group IV -- Three credits in any approved course in social sciences.
  • Group V -- Three credits in any approved course in the humanities.

Learn more about the Minor in Pan African Studies.

**Courses are to be scheduled in consultation with appropriate advisors.

Public History Emphasis Area

To qualify for the emphasis area, students must take the following courses:

To qualify for the emphasis area, students must take the following four courses:

  • History 4140: Introduction to the Study of History Museums
  • History 2020: History Internship (3 Credits)
  • Geography 4400: The Geography of Preservation
  • History 4800: Museum Practicum

And ONE of the following courses:

  • History 4150: Intro to Digital History
  • History 4170: History and Uses of Tourism
  • History 4180: Local/Oral History

Learn more about the Public History Emphasis Area.

Pre-law Information

Selected Resources for Law School Applicants

To register for the LSAT and the LSDAS:

To learn more about the admissions process and the law school experience (available at Cooper Library): 

  • Anna Ivey, The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions
  • Susan Estrich, How to Get Into Law School  
  • Atticus Falcon, Esq., Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go)-but Didn't Know to Ask.. And No One Else Will Tell You
  • Deborah Schneider & Gary Belsky, Should You Really Be a Lawyer? : The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During & After Law School  

Notre Dame's prelaw information page 

Rice University's timeline for students applying to law school (freshman through senior year): 

To evaluate law schools:

To ask professors for letters of recommendation:

  • Choose wisely. You goal is to obtain letters from professors who can speak well of your reading and writing skills. They need not be from your major; nor need they be from a law-related class. 
    • The two required letters of recommendation should be written by those familiar with your academic work; if you'd like to include a letter from an employer or someone else who knows you outside of the academic context, send 3 letters.
  • Ask promptly. Your professors will need adequate time to draft a letter on your behalf; last minute requests will not impress them with your ability to manage your time.  If you know you'll be applying to law school in the fall, approach your selected professors early in the semester and ask them to write on your behalf.  You should leave at least four weeks between when you ask for the letter and when you hope to have it at LSDAS.
  • Ask politely. What you want to know is whether the professor is willing to write you a strong letter of recommendation - you also want to know if she won't.  Thus, feel free to ask your professor if she feels she knows you well enough to write on your behalf - this provides a way of asking the question and a graceful way out for a professor who may not feel she can write a particularly specific or helpful letter for you, whatever the reason.
  • Make sure to provide your professor with all of the information he or she could possibly need to write you a strong letter of recommendation. This should include:
    • the LSDAS recommendation form, with a stamped envelope
    • a list of the schools to which you're applying, with deadlines
    • your LSAT score, if available
    • a 1 page resume (keep it to 1 page!)
    • an up-to-date, unofficial transcript
    • a draft of your personal statement (if available)
    • copies of the work from the class(es) in question (exams and/or papers with the professor's comments are ideal)
    • a date by which you plan to have your parts of the applications submitted (which then serves as a deadline for the letter of recommendation). If you've given your professor plenty of time to draft the letter, a polite email reminder around this date is not inappropriate.
    • any other piece of information she may request.