- To develop skills for perceptive reading, critical thinking, summarizing, and intelligent articulation.
- To develop the ability to use and conduct research in primary materials
- To develop an awareness and appreciation for other cultures
- To expose students to a wide variety of historical approaches
- To develop an awareness of the ethical questions faced by practicing historians
- To help students deal with the present and future by studying the past patterns and trends of human activity.
Majors, Minors & Endorsements
The History Department offers the following majors, minors and endorsements. Each of the majors offers a link to a checklist to assist students in planning their major. For additional information about endorsements, visit the Education Department.
- History Major - Checklist (PDF)
- American History Teaching Major (7-12) - Checklist (PDF)
- World History Teaching Major (7-12) - Checklist (PDF)
Honors in History: Students who successfully complete HI 462 Honors Research Seminar with a “B” or higher and maintain a 3.5 GPA within the major and overall (cumulative GPA) will graduate with honors in history. Such designation will be noted on their final transcript.
Minors and Endorsements
- History Minor
- Public History Concentration – Checklist (PDF)
- American History Minor Endorsement For Social Science Teaching Majors (7-12)
- World History Minor Endorsement For Social Science Teaching Majors (7-12)
- American History Endorsement (7-12)
- World History Endorsement (7-12)
- History Endorsement (K-6)
All major requirements and course descriptions are available in the online academic catalog.