History (BA)

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/History, Politics, and International Relations Department

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should:

  • Be familiar with the outlines of the history of the modern world, i.e., since 1500.
  • Be familiar in some depth with the history of one geographic area or historical epoch.
  • Be able to make historical arguments using concrete illustrations and examples

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 42 required credit hours
  • 3 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

International Language Requirement: A minimum of 3 credit hours in a non-native language is required in addition to the requirements for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language. The requirement will be waived for students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English. Their mastery of English as a second language fulfills the requirement.

Students are required to complete at least 42 credit hours within the department, 30 of which must be in history, including INTL 1500, HIST 2600, a research requirement (completed by placing on file with the department a substantial research paper from an upper-level course or a senior thesis), and senior overview. History students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours of political science and/or international relations. History majors must take at least 12 credit hours of upper-level coursework in the department (3000 or above), of which a minimum of 6 credit hours must be HIST. At least 18 of the 42 credit hours must be taken at Webster University.

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Required Courses

The 42 hours required for history majors include:

  • INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3 hours)
  • American history(3 hours)
  • European history (3 hours)
  • Non-Western history (e.g., Asia, African, Latin American) (3 hours)
  • HIST 2600 The Craft of History (3 hours)
  • HIST 4000 Research Requirement (to be taken in conjunction with a designated 3000-level or 4000-level) (0 hours)
  • Senior overview (0 hours)
  • Political science/international relations (6 hours)
  • Departmental electives (can include courses in HIST, POLT, INTL) (6 hours)
  • One additional departmental course (3 hours)
  • Upper-level coursework (12 hours)

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