Learn how to meaningfully interpret the human experience. As you study events and decisions of the past, you’ll develop insights related to contemporary society. You’ll become an analytical thinker and writer, ready to take on work in a variety of fields.
To earn this degree, you will complete General Education courses plus at least 27 credit hours specific to your Bachelor of Science in History degree.
The following courses are required for all History majors (24 credit hours):
Through the use of the course's thematic material, students will be introduced to the basic skills used by historians in their investigation of the past, including a close reading and contextualization of primary source texts, the study of historical interpretations and controversies, citation and research methods, effective writing techniques, and oral communication skills.
American History (12 hrs)
A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the time of Columbus to the Civil War. Offered fall semester.
A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the Civil War to the present. Offered spring semester.
This course examines the revolutionary origins of America and its transition into a new nation. Topics include the experiences of soldiers, the transformation of politics, and the social revolution that followed war. Changes for Native Americans, African Americans, and women will also be examined as well as the global implications of the Revolution, and its influence on future anti-colonial rebellions.
The causes, nature and consequences of the Civil War; emphasis placed on political and social interpretations of the war as well as its military events.
World History (9 hrs)
A survey of world history with a focus on the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence.
A broad survey of world history from 1500 to present. Exploration of various modern world cultures with a focus on connections and conflicts between them.
A study of major developments in twentieth- century Europe: World War I, the rise of fascism and communism, the Depression, World War II, Cold War, the collapse of communism, contemporary issues; a brief survey of the late 19th-century precursors to these events.
Track 1: History
This course explores European history from the fifth to the seventeenth century. Particular attention is placed on religion, society, culture, and politics.
This course examines the history of Latin America. Beginning with the indigenous societies of Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, it follows the growth of colonial societies as indigenous European, and African populations formed new and diverse cultures. Concludes with a history of decolonization and modern Latin American history.
This course examines the history of Africa since 1700, especially the slave trade, missionary activity and imperialism. Second half of class focuses on the development of nationalist ideologies and independence movements, decolonization, and the formation of independent African states, as well as contemporary crises.
A survey of Asian developments from human origins to the present, with an emphasis on the events, themes and developments most directly related to the emergence of modern Asia.
A survey of nineteenth and twentieth century African- American history, with an emphasis on cultural, social, economic and political issues.
Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 107, HIST 108, HIST 259 and senior status. Serves as a capstone class for graduating history majors and involves completing a major research paper using historical documents. Focus is on research skills, writing and revision, interpreting primary sources and historiography.
Track 2: History-Secondary Education (3 hrs + EDUC Requirements)
A study of various ways to examine the connection between geography and history-how geography has affected and been shaped by historical developments, including but not limited to physical, political, cultural, and environmental elements. Specific attention will be placed on how the movements of people and human-environmental interactions impact ecosystems and cultures.
Completion of Secondary Education major requirements
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