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Department of History

Dr. Michael J. Galgano, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Bland, Boyd, Boyd-Rush, Congdon, Galgano, Gerome, Lembright, Loe, C. Marshall, H. Myers, Riley, J. Wood, C. Yoon

Associate Professors

Arndt, C. Hallman, Hyser, Owusu-Ansah, Walker

Assistant Professors

Butt, Crabb, Guerrier, McBride, Stansbury

The Department of History is designed for students whose primary academic interest is history as a humanity or social science. The program provides a broad background for careers in business and government as well as thorough preparation for teaching and the liberal professions.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in history will have received a firm educational foundation within the liberal arts tradition. Majors will have an understanding of the past, its relationship to the present and the process of social change. Graduates will have developed an understanding of the historical process and have become acquainted with the fundamental tools of historical investigation and research. They will be able to think and read critically and objectively, and to express themselves in a clear, creative manner.

The study of history will develop a deeper understanding of economic and geographic concepts and of the interconnected nature of different times, places, societies, and cultures. History will enhance the student's self-awareness, provide a basis for appreciating other fields and disciplines, and prepare the individual for a richer and more meaningful life.

The department offers both a major and a minor. The major in history requires 33 credit hours of history, including HIST 395, History Seminar. Students must also take HIST 101-102, World History, and HIST 233-234, U.S. History, to either fulfill liberal studies requirements or for the major. At least nine of the remaining hours must be in courses outside the field of U.S. history and nine hours must be at the 400 level. Courses taken to satisfy liberal studies requirements may not be counted toward the major.

A minor in history is available with the B.A., the B.S. or any other degree. The minor requires 24 credit hours of history, including HIST 233-234, U.S. History. At least six of the remaining hours must be in courses outside the field of U.S. history. Courses taken to satisfy liberal studies requirements may not be counted toward the minor.

Credit By Examination

The Department of History offers credit by examination for all survey courses at the 100 and 200 levels. Students who wish permission to take an examination must apply in writing to the department head during the regular registration period. Upon application, students should follow the general policies for credit by examination outlined on pages 54-55 in this catalog. The examinations are administered during the first month of each semester at a time and place set by the department.

Initial Secondary Teaching License

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, history majors desiring secondary teaching licensure must complete the following as part of their program:

EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
HIST 233. United States to 1877                        3
  (any appropriate time)
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [1] 
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the                   1
  Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 371H. Clinical Techniques, Social Studies         3
  Methods (normally in first semester of 
  senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

History and Business

Many graduate business schools encourage applications from liberal arts majors. History majors who wish to prepare specifically for admission to a master of business administration program should schedule from the following courses. No more than 27 hours in this program can be chosen from courses offered by the College of Business. Students should consult regularly with the associate dean of the College of Business.

ACTG 241. Financial Accounting                         3
ACTG 242. Managerial Accounting                        3
BLAW 218. Legal Environment of Business                3
ECON 131. Principles of Economics (Micro)              3
ECON 132. Principles of Economics (Macro)              3
FIN 345. Managerial Finance                            3
IDS 191. Business and Economic Statistics              3
IDS 204. Computer Information Systems                  2
MGT 300. Management Principles                         3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing                      3

Major in History (B.A. Degree)

Freshman Year                                      Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
HIST 101. World History to 1650                        3
HIST 102. World History Since 1650                     3
Foreign language courses                             6-8
Liberal studies courses                               10

Sophomore Year                                     Hours
HIST 233. United States to 1877                        3
HIST 234. United States Since 1877                     3
HIST 395. History Seminar                              3
Foreign language courses (if needed) or electives      6
Liberal studies courses                               15

Junior Year                                        Hours
Philosophy course                                      3
History electives                                     12
Electives                                             15

Senior Year                                        Hours
History electives                                     12
Electives                                             18

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