The History Department offers courses that vary in scope from broad to specialized, that vary in teaching method from lecture to discussion, and that are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The department offers courses with a global or regional perspective. With the aid of advisors, students are encouraged to design curricula that are suitable to their own needs and interests in history and in complementary fields such as other social sciences, philosophy, literature, and art.
Before graduation we ask all of our students to submit an exit essay reflecting on their experience in the department.
- B.A. in History
- B.S. in Adolescent Ed Social Studies (In cooperation with the School of Education)
- B.S. in Childhood Education History (In cooperation with the School of Education)
History Major Requirements
Each major is required to complete by advisement, 18 credits of electives in history, two courses of which must be selected from an approved list of non-Western offerings.
Senior Thesis with Honors in History
For Liberal Arts majors, History provides qualified students an opportunity to research and write a thesis under the direction of a member of the department. Successful completion of the six credit thesis with a minimum grade of B+ in each semester enables students to graduate with Honors in History, a distinction that appears on the College transcript. Candidates for the program need a 3.5 average in history course work, and a minimum of twenty-four credits in history, and approval of the chair of the History Department. Application must be made during the pre-registration of the last semester of the junior year. For further details, consult with the chair of the History Department.
Minor in History
The Liberal Arts Minor in History requires a minimum of eighteen credits. A minor in History linked to another field of study can add an attractive additional background. The completion of a minor is noted on a student's transcript.
The Childhood Education with a Major in History is for students interested in teaching in elementary schools. For the education curriculum components of this program consult the Department of Elementary Education. The academic portion of this major in the History department requires thirty credits.
The Adolescent Education with a Major in Social Studies is for students interested in teaching in secondary schools. For the education curriculum component of this program consult the Department of Secondary Education. The academic portion of this major requires forty-five credits. In addition to history courses, students can also take courses from the departments of Anthropology, Black Studies, Economics, Geography, and Political Science and International Relations.