Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History and Philosophy
The program of study in history offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. All majors take several “general requirements” (including a three-hour Senior Seminar) which provide needed background in research and writing, in the theory of the discipline, and in the various fields of history. In addition, the program allows selection of one of three concentrations: World History and Cultures, American History and Culture, and History of Ideas. Each concentration includes complementary interdisciplinary electives which students can tailor to suit their own interests. The History of Ideas concentration provides interdisciplinary study in both history and philosophy. Each concentration provides an opportunity for an internship or other applied experience to help students make the transition from undergraduate work into a career or graduate study. A degree in history is useful to students interested in careers involving research and writing. It serves as a prerequisite for graduate study in a number of fields, including history and many other social science disciplines, law, and theology. The concentration in American History and Culture can equip students for careers in public history, especially if students complete an appropriate internship, or for graduate study. The World History and Cultures concentration can prepare students for careers in the international arena, as well as for many positions in the government or for graduate study. The concentration in History of Ideas should be especially useful as preparation for graduate study in history, philosophy, law, or theology. The History and Philosophy Department also offers a Certificate in Public History. The six-course sequence is designed to enhance a student’s ability to find employment in historic preservation, archival management, museum administration, or heritage tourism.