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.
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Students in a range of majors, such as Public Policy, English, Business, Social Work or any other, may minor in history to develop their understanding of the historical development of the society in which we live today.
Requirements: 18 credits
HST 109–110 Western Civilization I & II (3, 3) or HST 111–112 American Nation I & II (3, 3)
Four upper-level history electives (3, 3)
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