Catalogue 2017 - 2018

History Major

General Information

The study of history provides students with insight into the political, social, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped the modern world. The History program is designed to give students an introduction to world civilizations and to the history of the United States. Course offerings and distribution requirements ensure breadth of study by providing exposure to non-Western history as well as advanced courses in American and European history.

Career Opportunities

Students who major in History can pursue a variety of careers. Our graduates have become teachers, researchers, and journalists. They work in libraries and government agencies including the diplomatic service. Others have found opportunities in business where the skills gained in the study of history (research, analysis, and writing) are valued. Many graduates attend law school or have pursued advanced degrees in history.

History and Political Science Faculty

Professors: John Anzalotti, John Seung-Ho Baick, Meri Clark, Marc Dawson, Theodore South

Associate Professors: Jonathan Beagle, Catherine Plum

Program Objectives

  1. To provide students with a breadth of knowledge of the development of world civilizations.
  2. To give a solid introduction to the history of the United States.
  3. To expose students at an advanced level to the histories of Europe, the United States, and non-Western countries.
  4. To give students the research skills to work with primary and secondary sources.
  5. To give students the ability to construct and write a coherent, logical, and grammatical argument.
  6. To develop critical reading skills.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (19 credit hours)

HIST 111United States History to 1877

3 cr.

HIST 112United States History, 1878 to the Present

3 cr.

HIST 205World History, Prehistory-1500CE

3 cr.

HIST 206World History, 1500CE-Present

3 cr.

HIST 289Sophomore Methods Seminar

3 cr.

HIST 490Junior and Senior Seminar in History

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:19

Twenty-one credit hours of history of which at least 12 credit hours must be at the 300-level.

These 21 hours must include at least six hours each of courses in non-Western, European, and American history.
Total Credit Hours:21

Eighteen additional credit hours in social sciences including at least three credit hours each of economics, geography, political science, sociology, or psychology.

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 58

The 2.0 required grade point average in the major is based upon all HIST courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program.