The purpose of the History major is to enrich students’ lives through a broader perspective of different times and places, an appreciation of human difficulties and accomplishments, and a realization of the underlying unity of the human experience.
Courses give meaning and integration to historical events, forming a basis for understanding contemporary issues. The curriculum helps develop habits of open inquiry, patient pursuit of truth, and objective, critical judgment.
History majors offer a variety of career options in business, government at all levels, law, teaching, and archival professions.
MajorStudents have the option of choosing the United States History track, the World History track, or both tracks.
Survey United States History from 1877 to Present
Minor A minor in history made up of 18 credits of history courses is available. Students wishing to minor in history should consult the department chair.
Note: Students may select a maximum of 6 credits in related courses in other specified departments to satisfy major elective requirements. See department chair for a list of approved courses in those departments.
Teaching Certification Students interested in Secondary Education Teaching Certification in History/Social Studies are required to take HIS 107, HIS 108, HIS 251, HIS 252, HIS 336, and HIS 489, as part of their History degree.
The following additional courses are added to the list of history requirements: POL 206, POL 230, and POL 275.
Special Requirements A QPA of 2.33 (C+) is required in history courses for the major.
Learning Outcomes History majors will:
demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to distinguish between various cultures as they exist and have existed around the world
demonstrate an understanding of historical ideas, events, and people who influenced society
demonstrate an understanding of how alternative explanations to phenomena, grounded in students’ use of the major “schools of thought” used by historians, can aid in defining and analyzing various political, social, economic and cultural structures found across the globe
display knowledge of the values and limitations of both primary and secondary sources in conducting historical research and be able to apply critical thinking skills to discern between “legitimate” and “superfluous” sources
display an understanding of and an aptitude in using commonly accepted historical research methods
demonstrate an ability to analyze sources in light of the ongoing debate over “objectivity” in the historical profession and to articulate the value of historical interpretation
complete a written capstone project on a topic in history