History Major

Bachelor of Arts in History
The study of history provides students with knowledge about the past, while building a range of skills in research, critical thinking, and writing. As part of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum, the history major prepares students for careers in teaching, business, politics, museums, or archives, or for graduate study in history or law. Students may choose a concentration of study in American or European history, or opt to study general history. The College offers specially designed programs in conjunction with the School of Education to prepare students for licensure as Teacher of History (5-8, 8-12), as well as for students seeking certification in Elementary or Early Childhood Education.

 In addition to College requirements, History majors must complete six upper-level history electives, Research and Methodology, one upper-level non-Western history course, one concentration in history, which may be satisfied with General History, Western Civilization I & II, or Development of American Nation I & II. Those who wish to concentrate in American History must complete ten courses in the area, eight of which must be upper level. Similarly, those who wish to concentrate in European History must complete ten courses in the area, eight of which must be upper level.

Minor in History
Students in a range of majors, such as Public Policy, English, Business, Social Work, or any other, may minor in history to develop their understanding of the historical development of the society in which we live today. History minor requirements include 18 credits in:

History of Arts and Ideas I & II
Western Civilization I & II or Development of the American Nation I & II
Two upper-level history electives
Learning Outcomes for History

Students successfully completing the Bachelor’s degree in History will be able to:

1.Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the past

2. Comprehend and analyze different historical interpretations

3.Demonstrate a range of skills in research

4.Apply knowledge of the past and research skills to critical thinking and writing

For more information, please contact:
James Bidwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History/Humanities
(508) 849-3267