(Bachelor of Arts Degree)
The major in history offers one of the broadest and most flexible liberal arts fields at the College. It is intended for those who seek an understanding of the human condition through its historical development, and it has special relevance to those wishing to prepare themselves for fields such as secondary school social science teaching, elementary school teaching, government service of all varieties, graduate study of history, and other careers requiring a liberal arts preparation. It also is an excellent undergraduate background for those contemplating professional training in law, library science, and similar fields.
Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education, listed alphabetically in this section of the catalog. Please see the description of the Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12, Dual Degree Program with BA in History (M.S.) .
Students who are majoring in History who intend to student teach need an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and no grade lower than C (2.0) in their major or major related courses in order to receive a positive recommendation for student teaching.
Total credit hours required for degree: 120
Students will be able to demonstrate:
- substantial knowledge of the historic literature.
- the ability to formulate effective research questions.
- the ability to acquire relevant materials and data.
- the ability to reach sound conclusions based on an analysis of the data.
- the ability to consider alternative interpretations.
- the ability to foresee and address questions.
- the appropriate use of research references and resources.
- the ability to identify a thesis in another writer’s work.
- the ability to formulate a thesis.