History

History

Professors: Mary C. Kelly, Melinda Marie Jetté

A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in History for traditional students.

The mission of the History program is to produce students with a knowledge of American, European and World History; a knowledge of historical perspectives, thinking, and methods, including an awareness of ethical issues and human values in the study of history; and the ability to plan and complete historical research projects. Students must demonstrate their knowledge and methods in written and oral forms of presentation.

The major in History provides students with the essential skills for a wide variety of careers. Among the careers pursued by recent graduates are teaching, archival and museum work, law, business, government service, journalism, and higher degrees in history and public history.

Students achieving a grade point average at graduation of 3.25 or above in the History major are awarded Honors in History. Students achieving a grade point average at graduation of 3.50 or above in History are awarded High Honors in History. The GPA in the History major and for Honors in the History major is calculated by averaging the grades of all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major. Any non-HS course used to fulfill a major requirement must be approved through the completion of a course substitution form and is included in the major GPA calculation.

Students who intend to teach History (Social Studies) in high school should refer to the School of Education for information on the Secondary Teacher Certification program.


Major Requirements

In addition to all graduation requirements, student must complete a minimum of 37 credits in History. History majors, especially those who contemplate graduate study, are encouraged to pursue the study of a foreign language.

Required Core Courses
HS214 Popular History Today
HS275 History Workshop
HS410 History Research Seminar 

Select one experiential course: HS491, HS395, HS495, HS246, HS310, HS329, HS377
HS450 History Senior Portfolio Assessment 
Two 200-level HS courses
Three 300-level HS courses

Choose one Concentration:

Public History Concentration – 9 credits
HS395 or HS495 Internship in Public History 
Select Two Public History electives: HS246, HS310, HS329, HS377 

Social Studies Concentration – 9 credits
HS235 Topics in World History
HS308 From Sea to Shining Sea: the Geography of the United States 
HS319 History of New England

Professional Concentration – 9 credits
HS200 Who’s Who in American History
Select one course in social, cultural, or intellectual history: HS313, HS320, HS322, HS323, HS341
Select one course in European or world history: HS235, HS337, HS340, HS376 

History Minor
Six courses (18 credits) are required for the History minor, including at least two 300-level courses.

Recommended Curriculum - History

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

HS___

200-level History Elective

3

HS___

200-level History Elective

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Mathematics

3

______

Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

HS___

200-level History Elective

3

HS214

Popular History Today

3

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

HS275

History Workshop

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Lab Science II

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

16


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

HS___

Experiential History Course

3

HS___

300-level History Elective

3

HS___

300-level History Elective

3

HS___

300-level History Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

HS___

History Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective or

remaining HS200-level course

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15




Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

HS410

History Research Seminar

3

HS450

History Senior Portfolio Assessment

1

HS___

300-level History Elective

3

HS___

300-level History Elective

3

HS___

History Elective

3

HS___

History Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

 

 

 

 

 Total

13

 

 Total

16

 

Total Credits

120

*One or more additional electives may be needed to fulfill general education requirements.  See General and Liberal Education (GLE).

 

Program Courses

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses

In addition to all graduation requirements, student must complete a minimum of 37 credits in History. History majors, especially those who contemplate graduate study, are encouraged to pursue the study of a foreign language.

Required Core Courses
HS214 Popular History Today
HS275  History Workshop
HS410 History Research Seminar 
Select one experiential course: HS491, HS395, HS495, HS246, HS310, HS329, HS377
HS450 History Senior Portfolio Assessment 
Two 200-level HS courses
Three 300-level HS courses

Choose one Concentration:
Public History Concentration – 9 credits
HS395 or HS495 Internship in Public History 
Select Two Public History electives: HS246, HS310, HS329, HS377 

Social Studies Concentration – 9 credits
HS235 Topics in World History
HS308 From Sea to Shining Sea: the Geography of the United States 
HS319 History of New England

Professional Concentration – 9 credits
HS200 Who’s Who in American History
Select one course in social, cultural, or intellectual history: HS313, HS320, HS322, HS323, HS341
Select one course in European or world history: HS235, HS337, HS340, HS376 

History Minor
Six courses (18 credits) are required for the History minor, including at least two 300-level courses.