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Distinguished Service Professor: Larkin; Professors: Hendley, O’Mara, Simons; Associate Professors: Ashbaugh, Harper, Leon, Malikov; Assistant Professors: Beal, Francis, Freeman, Harder, Noorlander


The History Department’s curriculum provides majors with an appreciation of the broad contours and common elements of historical inquiry. In pursuing these objectives students acquire both a depth and a breadth of knowledge about the historical development of individuals, groups, nations, geographical regions, economies, and the role that major institutions play in people’s lives. Students will also gain an appreciation of how historians think about issues of causation, the nature of historical inquiry, and the ongoing expansion of historical methodology to include contributions from the physical and social sciences, philosophy, and literary studies.

History majors are broadly trained. This preparation encourages the development of analytical skills and a broad perspective that serves them for a variety of careers. A good deal of the historian’s craft is concerned with determining the quality of various sources of information, argument and supporting evidence, documentation, and analysis of why events occur when they do; therefore, history majors tend to excel in those occupations that require the ability to assess and process data/information, order the importance and significance of events, and view change over time. Other learned skills include facility in explaining ideas, writing and presenting information, identifying relationships among various factors, interpreting and explaining ideas, interviewing and collecting information and communicating it to others.


Bachelor of Science



Note: Students who wish to prepare for teaching in the public schools must see the appropriate Education Coordinator for the specific requirements of these programs. For those interested in going to graduate school in history or in becoming a school teacher by majoring in history and then going off to get a master's in education at a different college, please see the History Department secretary for a list of recommended classes.



Requirements for the Major

9 s.h. of 200-level or above in Designated Area 1; 9 s.h. of 200-level or above in Designated Area 2; 6 s.h. of 200-level or above in Designated Area 3; 3 s.h. History 290 seminar; 3 s.h. History 300 seminar; and 6 additional s.h. of history courses (200-level or above).

Requirements for the Minor

6 s.h. of 200-level or above in Designated Area 1; 6 s.h. of 200-level or above in Designated Area 2; 6 s.h. of 200-level or above in Designated Area 3; and 6 additional s.h. of history courses (200-level or above).

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