Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

History, B.A.

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History is integral to a liberal arts education and provides a framework for all other academic disciplines. History’s emphasis on inquiry and research makes it one of the most practical disciplines as well as a critical component of a well-informed citizenry. People who acquire knowledge of the past enhance their understanding of the world in which they live today. The discipline of history is predicated on developing research skills, conducting rigorous analysis, and synthesizing findings into meaningful communication. These skills offer students excellent preparation for professional development. Through the collegial practices of reflection and exchange, the study of history also enriches the intellect.

Total Major Requirements 36 Credits

Thirty-six credit hours are required in the major. Students are required to take three courses in the U.S. Concentration (at the 200 level or higher); three courses in the Global Concentration (at the 200 level or higher); both courses in Methods and Application; and any four additional history courses of the student’s choosing. Students must have a grade of C- or better for the courses to count towards the completion of the major requirements.

Other Requirements

General Education Requirements

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements  in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

Minimum Total Credits for The Degree: 120

Learning Goals and Assessment

Learning Goals:

This program encourages students to step outside their own cultural and social experiences to examine past events with new eyes, realizing there are multiple perspectives on the meaning of historical events and their impact on the present and future.

  • Students will become proficient in the development of a historical argument;
  • Students will become independent historical researchers;
  • Students will be able to think critically about the human condition in the wider world; and
  • Students will learn to work with others, including other students as well as members of the community and history professionals.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Students will learn to work with other students, members of the community, and history professionals.
  • Students will write essays in exams, make presentations in class, and write research papers using primary and secondary sources. Evaluation by individual faculty members teaching upper-division courses focuses on student proficiency of argument development, writing, and verbal skills.
  • History courses may require reaction papers and include opportunities for class discussion, during which students are expected to apply what they know about the historical content of the class. The student will periodically be given an opportunity to participate in planning visits by outside speakers to class and campus.
  • Similarly, internships will be evaluated upon consultation with the student’s supervisor and the student’s own assessment of the experience.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of at least 120 credits and all requirements for this specific program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000.

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