Department Chair: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7107
Faculty Contact: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7107
Department Office: 315 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310
Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


Your experience here will be both enriching and challenging. Our History curriculum offers broad experience in U.S., European, World history, as well as opportunities to study the history of ethnic and social groups and specialized courses such as Environmental history. The study of history sharpens a student’s own sense of values, provides a context for present decision making, and cultivates a more compassionate attitude toward peoples whose way of life may be different from yours. Theory and techniques are also important elements to the degree. History is a non-teaching degree designed to place the history student in a variety of careers such as law, government service, archivist, consultant, foreign services officer, intelligence agent, researcher, and more. This major also prepares students for advanced and specialized graduate study.  We will work with you to plan a course of study that meets your needs and interests.

As a History major, you will learn many skills employers desire: analyzing data, logic, critical thinking, researching, and precise writing. To assist you, we encourage you to seek an internship to utilize the skills acquired in the classroom. The Barnes County Historical Museum gives students the opportunities for practical, hands-on experience, archives for research, and community involvement. Both behavioral science and business internships are available for students who lack previous employment experience. Our program will offer you a variety of non-traditional learning opportunities.

Explore History

VCSU has an active Phi Alpha Theta/History Club, allowing students to develop leadership skills and promote history across campus. Students have opportunities to present their research at the Dakota History Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference, in regional, professional history settings. The Social Science Department also periodically organizes overseas travel opportunities for VCSU students.

“There are… opportunities for undergraduate research and professional conferences. My research brought me elbow-deep in museum archives and to afternoon coffee with the sons of a Manhattan Project veteran. I was able to present my research at both the Northern Great Plains History Conference and the Dakota History Conference, where my research earned me the Endowed Western Studies Student Award, conference recognition amongst professionals in the field, and a cash prize for my work.  My professors were there to assist me with every step, and challenged me to create my best work.”” —Stephanie McCann ’18, Veronia, N.D.

“My internship at the Barnes County Museum was a valuable experience. I learned about exhibits, collections, and the daily functions of a museum.” —Timothy Eppen ’09, Edgeley, N.D.


General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirements

Required Courses
HIST 103United States to 18773
HIST 104United States to Present3
HIST 211World Civilizations to 15003
HIST 212World Civilizations since 15003
HIST 220North Dakota History3
HIST 400Historiography3
HIST 470Topics in Non-Western History3
HIST 491Senior Capstone1
Additional 3 credit course with HIST prefix numbered 300 or above.3
Directed Electives
3 credits must be taken from 300 level or above
The Americas
Select two of the following:6
Environmental History
Native American Studies
Race, Ethnic, and Gender Relations
History of American West
History of the Civil War Era (1850-1877)
U.S. Constitution: Federalism
U.S. Constitution: Civil Liberties
The American Presidency
The World
Select one of the following:3
History of Ancient Greece and Rome
History and Geography of England and Britain
The World Wars: 1914-1945
The Atlantic World
Social Science
Select three of the following:9
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
International Political Economy
The Atlantic World
Introduction to Earth Science
Environmental Earth Science
Geography of North America
The Atlantic World
American National Government
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Anthropology
The Family
Introduction to Gerontology
Race, Ethnic, and Gender Relations
Criminology and Delinquency
Total Credits43

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 43 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs


For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

First Year
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3
COMM 212 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3HIST 267 (Gen Ed)3
GEOG 111 (Gen Ed)2HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
MATH 210 (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
UNIV 1501 
 15 15
Second Year
Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3
HIST 1033HIST 1043
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4HIST 3203
Literacies (Gen Ed)3HIST 3303
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3PSYC 2503
 16 15
Third Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3
Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3
Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3GEOG 3623
HIST 2113HIST 2123
HIST 4543HIST 2203
 15 15
Fourth Year
Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3
HIST 2703Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3
HIST 4003Cultural Block, Related Field/Minor3
HIST 4703HIST 4911
 HIST 4973
 SOC 3003
 12 16
Total Credits 119

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Content: Students will accumulate knowledge and understanding of the necessary material to establish historical context and causality. Content will be demonstrated by thesis driven, evidence based responses to historical scenarios.
  2. Social theory: Students will develop an understanding of the philosophies, methodologies, and theories that define, give meaning to, and shape scholarly understanding of the social sciences. Social theory will be demonstrated through thesis driven research that applies relevant theories or methodologies to historical writing.
  3. Application: Students will demonstrate their content knowledge and understanding of social theory and use them in a manner that illustrates that they can apply it in real world experiences.