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History Major

39 Credits

Students successfully completing a major in History will have developed a range of historical thinking skills and abilities which they will use in the acquisition of knowledge. Their work will be clear, precise, and well-reasoned. They will demonstrate the ability to use historical analogies effectively, show a command of key historical terms and distinctions, and will have the ability to identify and discuss fundamental historical problems knowledgeably.

Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze historical questions and issues clearly and precisely, formulate historical information accurately, recognize and evaluate key historical assumptions, use key historical concepts effectively, use historical language in keeping with established professional usage, identify relevant competing historical points of view, and reason carefully from clearly stated historical premises. They will recognize and evaluate important historical implications and consequences. They will demonstrate excellent historical reasoning and problem-solving.

HI 110 Western Cultures from 1500
HI 200 Major Themes in American History
HI 450 Senior Research Seminar
EN 210 Critical Writing
HI 495 Cooperative Education Project

An additional eighteen (18) credits in history are required. Six credits (6) credits must be completed in political science. Three (3) of the eighteen (18) credits in history must be from the following courses. HI 210, HI 330, HI 332, HI 333, HI 334.

A student who desires to do so may also declare an area of special interest within the history major. These areas of special interest include U.S. History, European History or Non-Western History. Students will complete 12 hours of coursework in the area of special interest as well as completing the other requirements for the major.

Outstanding students with a major or minor in history may be inducted into the Omicron Iota chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society.