Bachelor of Arts
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.
By graduation, students who have majored in history will be able to:
- Identify the significance of key ideas and issues, periods and people, events and movements in world history.
- Identify the significance of key ideas and issues, periods and people, events and movements in United States history.
- Locate historical and scholarly sources using electronic and print media.
- Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources.
- Communicate effectively through polished narrative, persuasive, and analytical writing and presentations.
- 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)
|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]
|United States Group History courses – complete two of the following:||6|
|World Group History courses – complete two of the following; may include one Philosophy course:||6|
|Technology in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following:||3|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||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|
|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.