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History | BA
The study of history provides students not only with a basis of knowledge about the past; it also builds in students a range of skills in research, critical thinking and writing. As part of a broad based liberal arts curriculum, it prepares students for a range of careers in teaching, business, politics, museums or archives. It also prepares students for graduate study in history or the law.
The program in history is organized to help students acquire the specific skills necessary for professionals in the field. 100-level courses concentrate on original source readings to communicate how historians must rely on original source material to come to conclusions. 200-level courses acquaint students with the importance of secondary sources, especially in journals and bibliographical courses. 300-level courses involve students in a formal research project that utilizes both original and secondary sources. The 400-level courses guide students as they carry out independent research, analyze research data, write a formal paper and present a synopsis of research to a group.
HST 109 – World Civilization I
The purpose of this course is to investigate and understand the fundamental themes in the political, social, economic, cultural, and religious history of Western civilization from the Renaissance to the French Enlightenment in the first semester and from the French Revolution to the Nuclear Age in the second semester.
HST 110 – World Civilization II
Through the study of these various aspects of EarlyModern and Modern Western cultures, students begin to think historically about their world in
terms of patterns of human experience and assess the similarities between conditions prevailing
in the past and those in the current era.
HST 111 – American Nation In
Surveys and examines political, socio-economic, and cultural movements affecting American History from early settlement through the Civil War in the first semester and from the Civil War to the present in the second semester./p>
HST 112 – American Nation II
Surveys and examines political, socio-economic, and cultural movements affecting American History from early settlement through the Civil War in the first semester and from the Civil War to the present in the second semester.
Course Of Study
- Foreign language professor.
- Documentary filmmaker.
- English or literature professor.
Students successfully completing the bachelor’s degree in History will be able to:
- Demonstrate a historic awareness and basic knowledge of the multiple factors that cause historical change
- Apply multiple techniques and methods to gain historical knowledge of the human experience
- Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and analyze different historical interpretations
- Demonstrate a range of research and critical thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating historical information from multiple sources
- Produce well-researched and written work that engages with both primary sources and the secondary literature and demonstrate the ability to verbally convey their analysis and conclusions