Global History majors are uniquely prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century. In our exciting and challenging program, you will develop the knowledge and skills to understand your place in the world, the questions and problems we face, and the ideas and forces that shape our lives today. Our courses cover a wide range of world regions, time periods, and special topics, and you have the freedom to focus on what you care about. But we won’t just teach you about the past: we’ll also train you to be a historian—to speak effectively, write persuasively, and conduct original research. Writer James Baldwin once said, “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.” Come find out why history matters, to you, today.
Global History Courses That Meet General Education Requirements
Each of the Global History courses below can count toward your major requirements and toward your General Education requirements. However, be sure to refer to the Major Requirements section above. Remember that only one History Department general education course (from the Part Four Category D list) can count toward your major requirements.
Learning from the Past
Individual & Society
100 Level Justice
300 Level Justice
Major Advising in Fall/Spring
Major Advising in Summer/Winter
Registration and Major Holds
To help students stay on track for graduation and plan for their careers after graduation, the History Department advisors may place a major hold on sophomores who have earned 45-59 credits. To lift this hold and be able to register for courses, students must meet with a major advisor. This meeting will encourage wise planning and address any questions about the major. See the History Department’s contact information and office hours to schedule an appointment.
How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:
Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”
Click on “Advisement Required.”
See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.
Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!
Be sure to take the HIS 150 foundation course early. Note: if you already have 60 credits toward your degree, you may substitute a 7th elective for HIS 150.
You must take HIS 203, 204, and 205 before you take HIS 240. HIS 240 is the prerequisite for HIS 300, and HIS 300 is the prerequisite for HIS 425.
Monitor Your Progress in the Major
DegreeWorks degree audit - Use this online planning tool to track your overall progress toward graduation. You will see which of your general education and major requirements are completed, in progress, or still needed. Refer to the DegreeWorks FAQs to better understand how to use this helpful tool. Note: be sure to confirm the accuracy of your degree audit with a general advisor and major advisor.
Global History Major Requirement Checklist - Fill out this printable worksheet to keep track of which major requirements you have completed and which ones you still need.
Sample Four Year Plan - See an example of how you could complete all your degree requirements (major, general education, electives) and graduate in four years! Remember that this sample plan shows just one possible way to combine your requirements. Transfer students in particular should work with advisors to determine a plan that works best for them.
Handbook for Global History Majors - Look through this handbook for in-depth information about Global History major planning, as well as FAQs that address common student questions and issues.
Meet with a General Academic Advisor
A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.