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History

More than memorizing dates and names, history is a method of tracing who we are in today’s world by understanding who we were.  What aspects of Ancient Egypt can be seen in modern America? How will this year be remembered by future generations? Were the Beatles really the most influential rock band of all time? By developing a broad understanding of history, you'll see how the past influences the things, people and events around us - and what that may mean for our today and our future.

Courses in the program cover history of the United States, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.  Through the major, you’ll develop technical and critical skills in synthesizing and evaluating information as you learn how to make knowledgeable, historically-reasoned arguments. In the process, you’ll prepare yourself for a lifetime of learning and intellectual engagement with the world around you.

Key Personality Traits:

Courses of study

Major in History: 30 credit hours

AREA 1: Students must take 12 credit hours at the 100-level in a minimum of 3 fields

U.S. history field:

HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877

World history field:

HIST 111 World Civilizations I
HIST 112 World Civilizations II

European history field:

HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization
HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations

Asian history field:

HIST 125 Asian Civilizations

AREA 2: 9 credit hours HIST 300 level or above

AREA 3: 6 credit hours HIST electives

AREA 4: HIST 481 The Historian’s Craft (World) or HIST 482 The Historian’s Craft (US)

Major in History With teaching licensure (5-12): 30 credit hours

HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877
9 additional credit hours of American history (if taking History 482, then 6 credit hours)
HIST 111 World Civilizations I or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization
HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
HIST 125 Asian Civilizations
6 additional credit hours of World history (if taking History 481, then 3 credit hours)
HIST 481 The Historian’s Craft (World, Counts for elective credit in World history)
or HIST 482 The Historian’s Craft (U.S., Counts as elective credit in U.S. history)
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

History Teaching licensure (K-8): 24 credit hours

HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877
6 additional credit hours of American history
HIST 111 World Civilizations I and HIST 112 World Civilizations II
or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization and HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
6 additional credit hours of world history
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in history : 21 credit hours

AREA 1:

Students must take 9 credit hours at the 100-level in a minimum of 2 fields.

U.S. history field:

HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877

World history field:

HIST 111 World Civilizations I
HIST 112 World Civilizations II

European history field:

HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization
HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilization

Asian history field:

HIST 125 Asian Civilizations

AREA 2:

12 credit hours HIST electives (minimum)

Minor in History With teaching Licensure (5-12) American History:

Option 1: 24 credit hours

HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877
18 credit hours additional American history
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Option 2: 30 credit hours

HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877
9 credit hours additional American history
15 credit hours of social sciences
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in History With teaching Licensure (5-12) World History:

Option 1: 24 credit hours

HIST 111 World Civilizations I and HIST 112 World Civilizations II
  or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization and HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
18 credit hours additional world history
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Option 2: 30 credit hours

HIST 111 World Civilizations I and HIST 112 World Civilizations II
   or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization and HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
9 additional credit hours of world history
15 credit hours of social sciences
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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