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History

Historians study change over time, examining all aspects of human experience: The study of history is informed by the social sciences and by developments in the arts and in literature. The foundation requirements in the history major provide students with an overview of the field, with additional courses providing in-depth study of areas in both hemispheres. Courses required in disciplines outside of history help students to understand various interpretive approaches. Students receive extensive training in research skills and in writing; advanced students also complete three service-learning credits through service-learning courses and/or linked credits. The major prepares students for law professions; the research training in the history major also serves as background for a business career. In addition, the history major prepares students for careers as professional historians or as high school educators. In addition, the history major prepares students for careers as professional historians or as high school educators; students interested in the secondary education option should consult the program plan for History with Secondary Education Concentration, to ensure that they meet requirements for licensure. Graduates receive a Bachelors of Arts degree in History.

By planning early in consultation with an academic advisor, students may be able to reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree in History to 3 or 3½ years.

The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in history:

Goal 1: Canons and conventions
Upon completion of the major program of study in history, students will be able to

  1. demonstrate an awareness of the respective advantages of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, while demonstrating an appreciation for the special significance of the qualitative approach for scholars who work in the humanities areas (e.g., literary studies, composition, history, cultural studies, art, music, philosophy, and language)
  2. demonstrate a familiarity with the ethical and moral questions that attend the human condition and experience
  3. demonstrate an openness to and an appreciation of the richness and diversity of the human condition and experience

Goal 2: Interpretive and critical thinking
Upon completion of the major program of study in history, students will be able to

  1. research topics, themes, and questions
  2. summarize content in materials from the various fields of the humanities
  3. interpret humanities texts critically through close reading
  4. create a valid argument, while differentiating between argument and opinion

Goal 3: Discourse and dialogue 
Upon completion of the major program of study in history, students will be able to

  1. write in a professional manner
  2. speak in a professional manner

Goal 4: Professionalism
Upon completion of the major program of study in history, students will be able to

  1. demonstrate respect for professional codes and standards
  2. demonstrate professional behavior in the workplace
  3. explore career options