History affords the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of human encounters through the inquiry of one’s own and other’s cultures and societies as they have developed over time. The study of history is a meticulous intellectual discipline involving research techniques, problem solving, and the critical evaluation of evidence. Historians seek and critique what women and men of the past have left behind, what they have created and what imprints they have left on the global society
This degree requires a minimum of 122 hours. For additional hours required see Academic Degree Programs Requirements
Areas of Concentration - 30 Hours
Each major will select an area of concentration from the following list for successful completion of the major in consultation with a faculty advisor. Freshmen are required to select the area of concentration by completion of second semester and transfer students are required to select the area of concentration by completion of first semester of enrollment.
The European/Classical and United States concentrations consist of fourteen courses, distributed as follows:
The interdisciplinary concentration of Public History consists of fourteen courses, distributed as follows:
Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination
All Majors must pass a two-hour oral examination covering the required curriculum and students’ historical concentration. The examination should be taken during the final semester prior to graduation. This permits for retake of the examination during the student’s last semester in case of failure. The examination board will be composed of three members including the department chair, students’ history advisor, one faculty member selected by the student, the Program Coordinator for History, and /or one faculty member selected by the students’ history advisor. If for some reason there is a doubling of responsibilities of any member, the student will select an alternative faculty member. Students may only retake the oral examination once. The examination is based on a “Pass” or “Fail” grading system. (Offered each fall and spring semester only.) *Prerequisite: Completion of HIS 107 (Public History students are exempted), HIS 400 or HIS 401, HIS 451, HIS 452 or HIS 454 (for Public History students), fifteen credit hours in concentration, and a minimum of 90 credit hours.
Senior Written Comprehensive Examination
Students must pass a comprehensive written examination covering the required curriculum and students’ historical concentrations, with a pass percentage of 70 or higher in order to graduate. A student may take the written examination only twice. The examination should be taken during the final semester prior to graduation. The written School of Liberal Arts History 181 examination will be graded by three full-time faculty members. Each member’s numerical score will be added together and divided by three to compose the pass percentage. (Offered each fall and spring semester only.) *Prerequisite: Completion of HIS 107 (Public History students are exempted), HIS 400 or HIS 401, HIS 451, HIS 452 or HIS 454 (Public History students), fifteen credit hours in concentration, and a minimum of 90 credit hours.
Seniors are required to pass both the Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination and the Senior Written Comprehensive Examination in order to graduate. The Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination and Senior Written Comprehensive Examination are not required for students minoring in history.
Each Major is required to complete eight credit hours of a reading and speaking knowledge of a language other than English.