Curriculum Details

Requirements for the history major include 36 hours of history courses in addition to the core curriculum. A 2.000 cumulative average must be maintained in the history courses for the major. Upon completion of these requirements, the student will receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in history.

The History major requirements are:

  • 12 hours with completion of two,100-level sequences selected from HIST 123-124, HIST 133-134, HIST 143-144, HIST 151-152, or HIST 161-162.
  • 3 hours from HIST 210.
  • 15 hours of electives from HIST 200-399.
  • 6 hours of two, three-hour seminars from HIST 400-480.

Also included must be two courses each, at any level, in (1) U.S., (2) European, (3) African, Asian or Latin American history. Neither AP credit nor HIST 210 count toward these geographical requirements.
 

The History minor is earned by completing 18 credits of required history courses, as follows:

  • 6 hours with completion of one 100-level sequences from HIST 123-124, HIST 133-134, HIST 143-144, HIST 151-152, or HIST 161-162.
  • 9 hours of electives from HIST 200-399.
  • 3 hours of seminar from HIST 400-480.
  • Students must include at least one course, at any level, from any two of the following areas: (1) U.S., (2) European, (3) African, Asian, or Latin American history.
  • a 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in these courses for the minor.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare/contrast societies across the globe - History majors will be able to compare and contrast societies in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world.

  2. Understand the past on its own terms - History majors will be able to articulate how early societies differed, sometimes fundamentally, from contemporary societies.

  3. Change over time and historical processes - History majors will be able to comprehend the significance of change over time and be able to explain the historical processes that have transformed the past into the present world we inhabit.

  4. Interpret sources - History majors will be ablt to work individually and in groups to analyze and interpret a variety of texts, images, objects, and artifacts within their historical context.

  5. Oral, written, technological expression - History majors will be able to express historical and historiographical arguments clearly and persuasively orally, in writing, and through technology.

  6. Research - History majors will be able to locate and identify primary and secondary texts.

  7. Articulate trends and make historiographical arguments - History majors will be able to articulate and explain major trends in historical thought and thereby craft historiographical arguments.

  8. Explain skills to broad audience - History majors will be able to articulate broader applications of historical research, evaluation of arguments and evidence, and persuasive communication to a variety of situations and careers.

  9. Research Paper - History majors will be able to design and carry out a research agenda for a substantial research paper.