by Marlo Safi, Campus Reform
US History is not a staple course for history majors at most top universities, according to a new report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).
ACTA found that less than one third of U.S. News & World Report’s top 25 liberal arts colleges, top 25 national universities, and top 25 public institutions require US history as a requirement for history majors.
Many institutions instead specify that history majors must take classes in areas outside of the United States. History majors at Williams College have the option of taking “Soccer and History in Latin America: Make the Beautiful Game” and students at Swarthmore may enroll in “Modern Addiction: Cigarette Smoking in the 20th Century” in order to fulfill history major requirements.
According to the study, of the 23 programs that do list a requirement for US history, 11 allow courses that are narrow in scope.
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