History

College of Arts and Sciences

128 Williams Hall, 419-372-2030

Like other liberal arts disciplines, history sharpens your ability to think critically, argue logically, conduct research, analyze data, and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. History is also unique. Because it is both one of the humanities and a social science, it addresses the study of individuals and the broader society, teaching you to evaluate people and issues in their proper context—invaluable skills for any career.

The history department offers a flexible major that prepares students for a variety of careers in business, cultural organizations, education, government, law, and other areas. In three introductory courses (chosen from world civilization, U.S. history, and Asian civilizations), history majors understand the historical development of their own and other societies, and work with evidence from a variety of sources. They complete six upper-division courses from a wide variety of regions, periods and themes and learn to analyze issues in historical context and critique different interpretations of the past. In the capstone courses, history majors write sophisticated research projects on preferred themes. Students are encouraged to pursue internships in museums, archives and other organizations to apply their skills in a professional context. Our major provides a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge that are the hallmark of a history professional.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in history are expected to:

  • Understand the historical development of their own and other cultures;
  • Understand how to think about the past historically by identifying and critiquing historical interpretations and analyzing issues in historical context;
  • Be able to select and use evidence from a variety of sources, including primary sources;
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing;
  • Recognize and develop connections between historical issues and life outside the classroom;
  • Think critically and argue effectively;
  • Examine current issues from a historical perspective.

Major, Bachelor of Arts (33 hours) - minor required - Spring 2018 course requirements

Minor (21 hours)

  • Up to nine hours chosen from: HIST 1510, 1520, 1800, 1910, 2050, 2060, 2910
  • All other hours from any 3000-level or 4000-level HIST courses, with at least three hours at the 4000-level.