The undergraduate major in history exposes students to a broad spectrum of human experience in the past and present, arming them with an understanding of the self and of their relationship to other human beings and to the structure of society. History students are encouraged to further their knowledge of the principal developments and problems of history and to enrich their understanding of historical evolution through research and writing. Through elective courses in other departments, students gain a broad liberal arts education and enlarge their historical perspective. The history major can thus be used generally by students who wish to be useful members of the community and specifically by students who seek careers in teaching, journalism, library and archival work, government, politics, law, and business. The program also provides a sound basis for students planning to pursue graduate study.
Students in the history program are assigned an academic advisor who assists them with academic routines, selecting individual courses, and developing undergraduate and postgraduate goals. Students interested in careers in law, public service, journalism, or business should consult with the advisor about departmental programs particularly geared to these fields.
Majors are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in history for graduation.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Write proficiently,
- Understand the methodology that historians use, and
- Analyze primary sources and secondary works in order to arrive at a coherent and well-organized conclusion.
History Honors Program
The honors program allows qualified students to carry out independent research under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Departmental honors are awarded at graduation based on the student's completing the following: at least one interdisciplinary honors seminar; a 3.5 GPA in history and a 3.0 GPA in overall course work; completion of an honors thesis with a grade of A or B. In exceptional cases, certain requirements may be waived by a vote of the departmental curriculum committee. Interested students should consult with the departmental advisor.
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