The history program focuses on the values, as well as the ideas, personalities, and institutions that existed in the past and shaped the present. Concerned with perceptions of reality and historic reality itself, the history program attempts to exploit all forms of information concerning the past-myth, folklore, legend, and works of art, as well as conventional manuscript and published sources.
While the department attempts to assist all students in acquiring that knowledge of the past that is essential to the educated person in the modern world, it is especially concerned with developing the methods and techniques unique to historical inquiry,
By consistently raising questions regarding “how we know” as well as “what we know,” the department aims at the development of fundamental intellectual skills that will be of lifelong utility.
Degrees offered: BA, BA with Department Honors, minor
History Honors Program
The History Department offers a year-long, cohort model honors program for qualified majors. It has the following distinctive features:
- Highly selective (with minimum overall and major GPAs and application process)
- Cohort model with students and faculty working together for full year
- Thematic focus based on faculty expertise that changes each year
- Students expected to present work at National History Honor Society’s regional conference
- Funding provided for students to attend regional conference
- Students required to present work to university community
- At least three faculty review and approve final theses
Students completing the Honors track complete an original research project that often, according to faculty reviews at the regional conference, “represents Master’s level work.” Students’ theses have won regional and national undergraduate history awards, and several students have gone on to graduate work at major research institutions.