History

Bachelor of Arts

DescriptionDegree Requirements

No matter what you major in, the PSU History program will enrich your academic career and give you the valuable skills and methods of inquiry, analysis and synthesis that help you think like a historian. Our program is particularly strong in United States, global and women’s histories. Upper-level courses are rotated in order to maximize your chance to learn about a wide variety of subjects.

Why do people enjoy studying history? There are many reasons: for the shock of finding familiar behavior across wide reaches of time and culture, for the puzzle of trying to understand practices alien to their own, for the challenge of mastering information about human life in the past, or for the insight to handle contemporary social concerns.

Learning Outcomes:

By graduation, students who have majored in history will be able to:

  1. Identify the significance of key ideas and issues, periods and people, events and movements in world history.
  2. Identify the significance of key ideas and issues, periods and people, events and movements in United States history.
  3. Locate historical and scholarly sources using electronic and print media.
  4. Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  5. Communicate effectively through polished narrative, persuasive, and analytical writing and presentations.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of careers and contributions beyond the classroom that draw on the skills and knowledge developed through historical study.

Studying history provides an imaginative, intellectual and empathic experience similar to travel. The “destinations” may at first appear to stand still—colonial New Hampshire, colonial India, revolutionary France, Civil War Virginia—but the more deeply you investigate them, the more complex and fascinating they become. The study of history can extend across any area or artifact of past human endeavor, from policies to parades, from ballads to battles, from the whaling industry to whalebone corsets. Through thematic and geographically framed courses, PSU History students examine the factual and interpretive contours of the field, while connecting the discipline to other areas of academic study and everyday life.

We encourage you to consider history as your major or minor. The study of the past will sharpen your critical-thinking abilities, provide for a well-rounded liberal arts education and cultivate a lifelong love of learning. Rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts, the history major also fosters proficiencies and skills needed for graduate study in many fields.

Degree Requirements (120 Credits)

Credits

HI 2010 World History Since 1500 (GACO) 3
HI 2020 Surveying Themes in United States History 3
HI 2222 Methods, Theories, and Careers in History (QRCO) 3
HI 4450 History Capstone Seminar 4
HI History electives (any level) [not HIDI] 6
HI 3000/4000 level History courses (any area), including Writing in the
Discipline Connection (WRCO) [not HIDI]
6
United States Group History courses – complete two of the following: 6
HI 3115 Early American Society to 1776 (DICO) (WRCO)
HI 3116 Revolutionary America, 1763-1815
HI 3140 Antebellum America, 1815-1860 (DICO) (INCO)
HI 3150 American Civil War and Reconstruction (WRCO)
HI 3335 New Hampshire and New England Historical Sites
HI 3340 New Hampshire and New England History (WRCO)
HI 3350 American Women’s History (DICO)
HI 3352 African-American History (DICO)
HI 3354 Health and Illness in American History (WECO)
HI 3356 American Ideas (INCO)
HI 3358 US Legal History (DICO) (WRCO)
HI 3520 The Great Depression in Film, Print, and on Stage (DICO) (INCO) (WRCO)
HI 3530 US Home Fronts: The 1940s and 1950s (DICO) (WRCO)
HI 3810 Topics in US History
HI 4358 Public History (TECO)
World Group History courses – complete two of the following; may include one Philosophy course: 6
HI 3460 The British Empire in World History (GACO)
HI 3480 The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, 1789-1815 (GACO)
HI 3730 Modern History of East Asia (GACO)
HI 3742 History of Japan (GACO) (WRCO)
HI 3745 History of Traditional China (GACO)
HI 3750 History of Modern China (GACO)
HI 3760 History of Southeast Asia (GACO)
HI 3767 India and the World (GACO) (INCO) (WRCO)
HI 3770 The History of Islamic Empires (GACO)
HI 3820 Topics in World History (GACO)
HI 3828 Women and Global Colonialism (GACO)
HI 3835 Sex and Empire in Colonial India (GACO)
PY 3110 History of Ancient Philosophy (INCO)
PY 3111 History of Medieval Philosophy (INCO)
PY 3112 History of Modern Philosophy (INCO)
PY 3113 History of Contemporary Philosophy (INCO)
Technology in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following: 3
GE 2090 Computer Mapping (TECO)
HI 4358 Public History (TECO)
PO 3120 Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups (TECO)
PY 2650 Mind and Machine (TECO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection (may be HI course) 3
INCO Integration Connection (may be HI course) 3
WECO Wellness Connection (may be HI course) 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 32-30
The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.
Completion of a History Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO) course is the prerequisite to the History Capstone Seminar.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

Exploration & Discovery Cluster