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2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History - Major

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The History department is committed to developing in students an understanding of the importance of the past, as a frame of reference for the investigation of ideas, issues and questions that arise from their experience in the classroom and the contemporary world in which they live. Further, students gain a sophisticated understanding that the discipline of history is more than mere fact gathering but involves multiple methods and interpretations of the past. Finally, the goal is that all majors will engage in history by developing their own insights and interpretations of the past.

The History Program can be combined with Inclusive or Adolescence teacher certification for students pursuing careers in education. Students from a variety of majors may also wish to pursue a minor in history.

A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required for student teaching.

History Core

The History Core provides the foundation for all of our programs. Students are required to take 12 credits from the following:

History Requirements

In addition to 12 credits of lower division survey work, all majors must take Historical Methodology, History and Historians and submit a comprehensive portfolio in their last semester.

History Electives

Students must select six elective courses (18 credits) in upper division history. Some upper division Political Science courses may be substituted with the approval of the department chairperson.

History Senior Experience

Seniors will take a writing intense research seminar. The purpose of the course will be to apply their skills as serious students of history to a research project of their own design. The seminar’s topic will be based on the participating faculty member’s current research interest, but will be sufficiently broad to allow students to develop research projects in their own fields of interest. Students will engage in an extensive search for sources, including both primary and secondary documents. These sources will serve as the foundation of a formal research paper, which will be the culmination of the students’ efforts in the course, and which will represent the students’ efforts at historical interpretation.

Writings from the seminar will be included within the portfolio format of the Senior History Comprehensive.

Sample Program for Histroy - Major

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 3
  • Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
  • Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 12
  • Math or Science Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 6
As well as:

Junior Year

  • Perspectives II Credits: 9
  • Upper Division History Credits: 9
  • Electives Credits: 6
  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 6

Senior Year

  • Upper Division History Credits: 9
  • Electives Credits: 18
As well as:

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