Requirements for History Major: Effective for students entering Villanova before Fall 2013

The History major is 30 credits or 10 courses in history. The courses required for the major now must include:

  • One of the specially designated core history courses
  • Either HIS 2000, Investigating US History I or HIS 2001, Investigating US History II
  • At least one junior research seminar
  • History 5501 (Seminar in Historical Methodology) or History 5515 (Independent Research)
  • At least six additional history courses of the student’s choice

History Majors must earn 27 credits in history beyond the specially designated core course. Majors must earn at least half (15 credits/5 courses) at Villanova.

MINOR (18 credits)

For students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 18 credit hours must include one specially designated core course.

The following courses may also be taken for credit toward the History major or minor:

  • AAH 1101 History of Art: Beginnings to Renaissance
  • AAH 1102 History of Art: Renaissance to Contemporary World

History Minors must earn at least half (9 credits/3 courses) at Villanova.

AP Credit Policy for students who entered Villanova before Fall 2013

History credit will be given for scores of 4 or 5 on any exam – in U.S., European, or World History. A score of 3 on the world history exam will entitle the student to placement out of 1050. Scores of 3 on the US or European exams receive neither credit nor placement.

  • History credit will be given for scores of 4 or 5 on any exam—in US, European, or World History. A score of 3 on the world history exam will entitle the student to placement out of 1050. Scores of 3 on the US or European exams receive neither credit nor placement.
  • AP World History—with score of 4 or 5 on exam:  6 credits for History 1040 and 1050:  i.e. 3 history credits and 3 free elective credits. This means that the student will still need to take one of the specially designated core courses.
  • AP US History—with score of 4 or 5 on exam, 6 history credits for History 2000 and 2001; student must still take one of the specially designated core courses.
  • · AP European History—with score of 4 or 5 on exam, 6 history credits (History 3095 and 3995), to be accepted as history electives (for upper-level core requirement and for history major requirement); student must still take one of the specially designated core courses.
  • Students with both AP US History and AP European History:  with scores of 4 and 5, 12 history credits:  upper-level history requirement fulfilled, along with three other history courses; but student must still take one of the specially designated core courses.