Aug 07, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

History Major/ Public History Concentration (Bachelor of Arts)


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Public history-history presented not in classrooms, but in museums, heritage tours, civic celebrations, documentary films, podcasts, and other venues-is where the vast majority of people confront our collective past.  As history majors, public history concentrators will develop foundational knowledge of history and of the methods that today’s historians use to interpret the past.  In this concentration, however, students will also grapple with questions that animate the field of public history: why do communities and nations publically remember some historical events and not others?  How do exhibits, monuments, and heritage tours shape our understanding of history?  By examining case studies and by interning at area museums, historical societies, libraries & archives, national parks, and heritage tourism sites, public history concentrators will learn about the complicated relationship between history and memory, and the range of career paths open to history majors beyond teaching in schools, practicing law, and working in government, journalism, and other fields.   

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125-126


History majors may not use HST courses to satisfy the General Education requirements, except for the World Cultures thematic category. A HST course taken to satisfy the World Cultures thematic category cannot also count towards completing a history elective.

Freshman - Credits: 32-33


  • Foreign Languages   (Cr: 6)
  • History Survey Sequence   (Cr: 6)
  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3-4)

Sophomore - Credits: 32


  • Global Issues General Education Requirement   (Cr:3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • U.S. History Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Public History Elective   (Cr: 6)
  • Marketing and Public Relations Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Professional Writing Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • World History Requirement   (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 31


  • Aesthetic Awareness General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3) 
  • Diverse Perspectives Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives   (Cr: 3)
    • Must be above the 100 level. 
  • History Electives   (Cr: 6)
    • Must be above the 300 level. 
  • Marketing and Public Relations Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Public History Elective   (Cr: 3) 
  • Professional Writing Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3) 

Senior - Credits: 30


  • General Education Elective  (Cr: 9) 
    • One must be above the 100 level. 
  • History Elective  (Cr: 3)

History Survey Sequence


Students are required to complete a history survey sequence (United States History I and II, Western Civilization I and Ii, or World History I and II). 

History Major Requirements


To meet the History Major’s U.S. History, World History, and Diverse Perspectives requirements, students must choose one course from each of the following lists. At least two of the three courses must be taken at the 300 level.

History Electives


To meet the History Electives requirements, students must choose four courses with the HST prefix (excluding HST 201 Contemporary Approaches to History). Students must take at least two of these courses at the 300 or 400 level.

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