Nov 16, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

History (B.S.)


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Jeff W. Coker, Dean
Henkel Hall, Room 205
(540) 665-4587, [email protected]

The major in History is designed to increase an understanding of the present and future by studying and interpreting the past. The content and methodology of historical studies is basic to a liberal arts education in the 21st century and to an understanding of the world and the dynamics of change. History also provides a firm foundation for many careers. Recent graduates have found their way into various professions, such as museum and curatorial positions, law, journalism, teaching, government service, foreign service, as well as admission to graduate study in a specialized field.

Required courses in the History major provide introductions to the primary historical traditions of world and U.S. history, political theory, methods of historical research and writing and other disciplines such as economics, literature and art, which bear on the historical process. Students are encouraged to use elective hours to develop depth in an area of emphasis such as American or European political and cultural histories or historic preservation. Students may also prepare for the teaching profession at the elementary, middle and secondary levels.

History Major Core Courses


Total 39 Credits


Course Map


1st Year – Fall


Total: 12 credits


1st Year – Spring


  • Oral Communication Shen Ed (Literacies Sphere) Credit(s): 3
  • Shen Ed (Creative Expression Sphere or Literacies Sphere) Credit(s): 3-5
  • Shen Ed (Scientific Inquiry Sphere or Navigating Difference) Credit(s): 3-4
  • HIST 1xx (core 100-level) Credit(s): 3
  • Foreign Language Credit(s): 3

Total: 15-18 credits


2nd Year – Fall


  • Foreign Language Credit(s): 3 (Arts & Sciences requirement) or Shen Ed Credit(s): 3
  • HIST 1xx Elective Credit(s): 3 (100-level) (Scientific Inquiry Sphere or Navigating Difference Sphere)
  • Shen Ed (Creative Expression Sphere or Literacies Sphere) Credit(s): 3-5
  • Shen Ed (Scientific Inquiry Sphere or Navigating Difference) Credit(s): 3-4
  • HIST 3xx Elective Credit(s): 3

Total: 15-18 credits


2nd Year – Spring


  • HIST 1xx (100-level elective) Credit(s): 3
  • Foreign Language Credit(s): 3 or ShenEd Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Choose one:
    • PSCI 301 History of Western Political Philosophy I  Credit(s): 3
    • PSCI 302 History of Western Political Philosophy II Credit(s): 3
    • Elective
  • Electives Credit(s): 6

Total: 15-16 credits


3rd Year – Fall


  • HIST 3xx (300-level elective) Credit(s): 3
  • HIST 3xx (300-level elective) Credit(s): 3
  • Shen Ed Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-division Elective Credit(s): 3

Total: 15 credits


3rd Year – Spring


  • HIST 3xx (300-level elective) Credit(s): 3
  • Choose one:
    • PSCI 301 History of Western Political Philosophy I (Domain 5) Credit(s): 3
    • PSCI 302 History of Western Political Philosophy II (Domain 5) Credit(s): 3
    • Elective
  • Electives Credit(s): 9

Total: 15 credits


4th Year – Fall


  • HIST 201 The Practice of History Credit(s): 3
  • HIST 3xx (300-level elective) Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-division Electives Credit(s): 9

Total: 15 credits


4th Year – Spring


  • HIST 495 Seminar in Historical Studies Credit(s): 3
  • HIST 3xx (300-level elective) Credit(s): 3
  • Electives Credit(s): 9

Total: 15 credits


Students are encouraged to take either HIST 101  and HIST 102  or HIST 103  and HIST 104  in the same year, as these courses are sequential. HIST 104  is offered fall semester only. It is advised students take it immediately preceding HIST 495 , which is normally offered spring semester only, unless other arrangements are made.

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