History

School of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - History


Availability:
Requirements:
42 Hours
2.75 GPA

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.

European/Classical
United States
Public History

The European/Classical and United States concentrations consist of fourteen courses, distributed as follows:

  • A primary area of concentration, selected from the above list, in which five courses are taken. No more than five courses in any region will count toward the major.
  • One intermediate seminar (250-299 level) within the area of concentration. The intermediate seminar will be taken at Park University, preferably by the conclusion of the sophomore year (incoming freshmen) or by the conclusion of the first semester for transfer students.
  • Two non-seminar courses taken from outside the area of concentration at the 200-249 level.
  • One upper level (300-399 level) seminar within the area of concentration.
  • One upper level (300-399 level) seminar outside the area of concentration. School of Liberal Arts History Park Online 8 Week Program 180
  • No more than two courses numbered below 200 can be counted toward the major, except HIS 107. These must be taken prior to the junior year for incoming freshmen or by the conclusion of the first semester for transfer students.
  • One course HIS 107: Historical Thought.
  • One course HIS 400: History in the Public Realm or HIS 401: The Living History Experience.
  • Two thesis courses HIS 451: Thesis I and HIS 452: Thesis II
  • Students must obtain a minimum course grade of “C” to receive credit toward the major.

The interdisciplinary concentration of Public History consists of fourteen courses, distributed as follows:

  • A primary area of concentration, selected from European/ Classical or United States, in which five courses are taken. No more than five courses will count toward the major.
  • One Course HIS 203: Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • One Course HIS 204: Introduction to Museum Studies
  • One Course HIS 207: Introduction to Archival Management
  • One Course HIS 208: Introduction to Urban Landscapes
  • One Course HIS 305: The Art of Expression in Public History
  • One Course HIS 316: Historic Material Conservation
  • One Course HIS 338: Preservation Law
  • One course HIS 400: History in the Public Realm or HIS 401: The Living History Experience
  • HIS 454: Senior Project in Public History
  • Students must obtain a minimum course grade of “C” to receive credit toward the major.

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.

Language Requirement
Each Major is required to complete eight credit hours of a reading and speaking knowledge of a language other than English.


Core Curriculum
HIS107 Historical Thought 3
HIS400

HIS401
History in the Public Realm
OR
Living History Experience
3
HIS451 Senior Essay I 3
HIS452 Senior Essay II 3
TOTAL 12 cr.

Minor - History


Availability:
Requirements:
18 Hours
2.75 GPA

One course from each area of concentration:

  • One 100 level course (100-199)
  • Two 200 level courses (200-299)
  • Three 300 level courses (300-399)