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  Oct 20, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Department of History


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Department Chair:  Dr. Thomas Cragin
Professors:  Malsberger, Tighe, Wilson
Associate Professors:  Ouellette, Stein, Yankaskas
Assistant Professor:  D’Haeseleer, Sanchez
Senior Lecturer:  Clemens
Lecturer:  Meek

The Department of History teaches students in the liberal arts tradition to understand and appreciate the past.  The history curriculum develops students’ knowledge of the political, social, cultural, economic, and institutional forces that have shaped the world and enables students to find, synthesize, and interpret historical evidence.  Because the history major requires research, writing, and critical analysis, it provides an excellent foundation for careers in law, education, business, and public service.

Special Programs

Honors Program

A student may complete honors in either semester of the senior year.  The Department of History grants honors at commencement to majors who have fulfilled the following:

  1. A 3.75 grade point average in history and an overall 3.50 grade point average at the end of the semester before which the honors program is undertaken.
  2. The submission and approval of an honors essay by the Monday of the final week of classes of the semester selected.  This essay, which may be developed from a paper submitted in a course, must include significant use of primary source materials and should be approximately 25-30 pages in length.  (Honors candidates develop their papers by enrolling in their Senior Research Seminar or by enrolling in  HST 970 - History Independent Study/Research .
  3. Passing of an oral examination conducted by three members of the faculty, at least two of whom must be from the History department.  The student will meet regularly with the primary honors thesis supervisor and at least once prior to the defense with the other members of the faculty panel.  The oral examination will be given at the end of the selected semester and will cover the field of the student’s honors essay.

Programs

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    Courses

      GeographyHistory

      Courses in History are numbered as follows:

        100 - 149 Acquaint beginning students with the academic study of history.
        200 - 299 Concentrate on broad chronological studies of countries or regions.  Generally intended for students with one prior college level history course.
        300 - 399 Examine topics or themes in history.  Generally designed for students with one or more prior college level history courses.
        400 - 499 Capstone courses for majors and minors:  Hone students’ skills and content knowledge.
      RequiredAfrican HistoryEast Asia HistoryEuropean HistoryLatin America & Caribbean HistoryMiddle East HistoryUnited States HistoryInternship and Independent Study/Research

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