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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: History

History is integral to a liberal arts education and provides a framework for all other academic disciplines. History's emphasis on inquiry and research makes it one of the most practical disciplines as well as a critical component of a well-informed citizenry. People who acquire knowledge of the past enhance their understanding of the world in which they live today. The discipline of history is predicated on developing research skills, conducting rigorous analysis, and synthesizing findings into meaningful communication. These skills offer students excellent preparation for professional development. Through the collegial practices of reflection and exchange, the study of history also enriches the intellect.

Learning Goals:

This program encourages students to step outside their own cultural and social experiences to examine past events with new eyes, realizing there are multiple perspectives on the meaning of historical events and their impact on the present and future.

  • Students will become proficient in the development of a historical argument;
  • Students will become independent historical researchers;
  • Students will be able to think critically about the human condition in the wider world; and
  • Students will learn to work with others, including other students as well as members of the community and history professionals.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Students will write essays in exams, make presentations in class, and write research papers using primary and secondary sources. Evaluation by individual faculty members teaching upper-division courses focuses on student proficiency of argument development, writing, and verbal skills.
  • Introductory and upper-division courses provide exposure to historical evidence, including independent or collective research. HTY 400offers in-depth historiographical and methodological strategies for independent research in history. A student in HTY 400will plan and carry out a research project that will measure the student's abilities as a researcher.
  • History courses may require reaction papers and include opportunities for class discussion, during which students are expected to apply what they know about the historical content of the class. The student will periodically be given an opportunity to participate in planning visits by outside speakers to class and campus.
  • The student will learn to work with others, including other students as well as members of the community and history professionals. The student will be provided with opportunities for internships. HTY 400requires that students evaluate others' written work based on prevailing standards of the profession. Written analysis from students is required in all of these activities.
  • Similarly, internships will be evaluated upon consultation with the student's supervisor and the student's own assessment of the experience.



Students must complete forty-eight(48) credit hours spread over five categories. Students are required to complete two courses, of their choosing, in categories I, II, and III, for a total of six (6) classes, and twenty-four (24) credit hours. Students must complete three courses in Category IV: HTY 200, HTY 390, and HTY 400, for a total of twelve (12) credit hours. Category V consists of twelve (12) additional credits in history courses of the students' choosing. Beyond the two required courses from Categories I, II, and III, additional courses in these categories will count toward Category V.  Students must have a grade of C- or better for the courses to count towards to completion of the major requirements.

Category I: (Complete two of the following courses - 8 credits)


HTY 230S Colonial America 4
HTY 231S Revolutionary America 4
HTY 232S Civil War and Reconstruction 4
HTY 233S America's Age of Expansion, 1783-1848 4
HTY 234S American Presidents 4
HTY 238S America Since 1945 4
HTY 240S Maine History 4
HTY 242S Great Depression and New Deal 4
HTY 246S US Women's History 4
HTY 255S History of Children in America                            4
HTY 262S Undeclared Wars 4
HTY 263S Cold War America 4
HTY 332 The Turbulent 1960s 4

Category II: (Complete two of the following courses - 8 credits)


HTY 206S Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 4
HTY 207S The Balkans in Our Times 4
HTY 212S Renaissance and Reformation                               4
HTY 213S Medieval Europe 4
HTY 214S Spain from 1000-1700 4
HTY 256S Roman Empire 4

Category III: (Complete two of the following courses - 8 credits)


HTY 209S History of Slavery America 4
HTY 247S History of Canada 4
HTY 253S Muslim World to 1600 4
HTY 259S Colonial Latin America 4
HTY 260S Modern Latin America 4
HTY 261S History of Mexico 4
HTY 271S History of Medicine 4
HTY 274S Mediterranean World 1200 to 1700 4
HTY 353 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 4
HTY 356 Roman Empire and Han Dynasty, China                    4
Category IV: (Complete the following three courses - 12 credits)
HTY 200 Approaches to History                                     4
HTY 390 Research Methods 4
HTY 400 Research Seminar  
HTY 450 History Thesis 4

Category V (Complete 12 additional HTY credits):

Students must complete 12 additional credit hours in history. This may include courses from Categories I, II, and III, as well as HTY 103S - U.S. History I, HTY 104S - U.S. History II, HTY 110S - Global History I, HTY 111S - Global History II.

One year of one foreign language at the college level or two years of one foreign language at the high school level.

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.



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