(Bachelor of Arts Degree)
The broad mission of the Utica College History program is to provide an essential foundation that supports the goals of the liberal arts curriculum, prepares students for the rigors of graduate study and professional employment in any field, and fosters informed citizenship. We seek to cultivate in our students a spirit for life-long learning predicated on a habit of inquiry into the human experience, free exchange of ideas rooted in evidence, and appreciation of diverse cultures and perspectives. The Utica College History faculty seeks to fulfill its critical mission by preparing students to gather information, think critically and contextually, conduct and evaluate original research, and to communicate clearly.
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 who complete the B.A. will be able to:
- Identify a thesis in another’s written work;
- Formulate an original thesis;
- Acquire substantial knowledge of a historical topic;
- Gather relevant research materials;
- Reach sound conclusions that are based on critical thinking and contextual analysis.