History (B.A.)


To provide students with an integrated path of study that includes surveys of various historical regions and periods, the techniques of historical research and writing, and practical and professional experience. To prepare students for advanced study or careers in archival work, historical preservation, government service, international studies, library work, law, and teaching.


In addition to the two foundational courses (205 and 305), history majors take courses from the following groups:

(a) History 100-199: Area Studies

This group of courses provides broad survey coverage of major geographical regions and time periods of world history. These courses are designed to give students a foundational understanding of the major events, trends, figures, and questions of the regions, nations, and periods under study. Students gain fundamental experience confronting historical problems and engaging both primary and secondary texts.

(b) History 200-299: Methods and Perspectives

This group employs case studies to introduce students to the principal subfields, approaches, and methods of professional historians. In each course, students investigate the sources, questions, conclusions, problems, and key works related to each method or approach while developing skills reading scholarly literature and secondary texts. Students are encouraged to consider the methods and perspectives that will inform their research during their capstone experiences.

(c) History 300-399: Topics and Themes

These courses allow students to study specific historical events, periods, and trends in greater depth. Students are encouraged to apply methodological and cognitive learning to the specific problems and questions of selected topics.

(d) History 400-499: Capstone Experiences

This group includes either a seminar culminating in a research paper or a professional experience resulting in a substantial reflective essay.

(e) Electives and Minors

Students majoring only in history must take two additional history courses as electives and complete a minor in another discipline.

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Double majors may substitute a 400-level capstone course in their other major, but must take an additional 200 or 300 level history course if they make this substitution.

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Two History Electives

Students majoring only in history.

As many as two of the elective courses may be chosen from Social Sciences disciplines (Business Administration, Economics, Geography, Mass Communications, Political Science, and Public Policy and Community Service) and applied to the B.A. in History degree provided those courses are not counted toward another major and are approved by the advisor and the depa11ment chair.

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