A Bachelor of Arts in History provides the knowledge and skills that successful students need to prepare them for teaching at the high school level, attending graduate school especially in history or law, or pursuing a career in public history such as working in archives, museums, or historical sites. Their skills and knowledge also make them educated individuals ready to work at any career requiring literate persons.
Incoming freshmen take specially designed general education courses in American and World History (HIS 21500, HIS 21600, and HIS 22100). These seminar-style courses are capped at twenty students and focus on primary source interpretation and group discussion. As sophomores, majors enroll in Historical Methods (HIS 20300), which introduces them to the nuts and bolts of the historian’s craft. As seniors, they sit for a series of three comprehensive examinations and develop a substantive research project as part of the department’s capstone course (HIS 40000).
In addition to required courses, students can take advantage of elective courses covering such diverse topics as the American Civil War, the Nazi State, Sport History, the American West, Revolutions in the Modern World, Church and State in Early Modern Europe, American Military History, and the Age of Jackson – among many others.
A major in history requires 42 credit hours of coursework through the Department of History and Geography and the University's general education requirements.
Teacher Certification in Social Sciences
To fulfill the academic requirements to be eligible for certification to teach social science at the secondary level (grades 9-12) students must complete a major in history, a minor in social studies or additional certification requirements as required by DESE, a minor in secondary education (9-12), and EDU 33500. See the description of the minor in secondary education (9-12) in the School of Education section of this catalog.
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