History (HIST)

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Faculty: Gary Marquardt, Jeff Nichols, Mary Jane Chase

Program Goals

  • To learn and practice traditional and electronic methods of primary historical research.
  • To construct valid historical arguments based on original research in primary sources.
  • To gain a broad and deep content knowledge of global human history.
  • To communicate historical knowledge creatively and effectively via written, oral, and other means.
  • To develop skills of critical analysis of evidence, arguments, and conflicting historical interpretations.

Objectives

The History Program is committed to a study of the human condition in terms of both content and methodological analysis. The program promotes a series of objectives: an examination of historical context and content; the reading and critical examination of primary and secondary sources; and the development of research and writing skills.

Students may elect an academic major or minor, or a teaching minor. Each history student pursues a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree that will provide graduates with knowledge and skills for careers in business, secondary education, and government service, as well as for preparation for advanced studies in the history profession, law, the ministry, and library and archival work.

Program Requirements

Enrollment in most history courses, except those designed exclusively for majors and minors, is open to all students who are enrolled in, or have completed, the history area Liberal Education requirement, regardless of major field or class standing.

History majors and minors, including teaching minors, are encouraged to take History 220 (United States History) before taking any other United States history course. In addition, students are encouraged to take History 112 (Western Civilization I) or History 212 (World History to 1500), and/or History 113 (Western Civilization II) or History 213 (Modern World History), before taking any courses in European or World History. Students are also encouraged to take History 240 (Making History) before taking any upper division history courses. History 240 is a prerequisite for History 390/History 490.

Students need to check with their History advisor regarding offerings for upcoming semesters. Upper division (300-level) history courses listed in the catalog may not be offered on a regular schedule. No student may register for HIST 390/490 more than three times unless there are legitimate circumstances outside of a student’s control preventing successful completion of the first or second course.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the History major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

Academic Major

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses 9-11
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the History major.
HIST 112 Western Civilization, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
or
HIST 212 World History to 1500, LE (4)
HIST 113 Western Civilization, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
or
HIST 213 Modern World History, LE (4)
HIST 220 United States History, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 12
History majors must complete three semesters of a single foreign language or its equivalent.
II. Lower Division History Courses 11–13
HIST 112 Western Civilization, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
or
HIST 212 World History to 1500, LE (4)
HIST 113 Western Civilization, LE (3—offered fall and spring
or
HIST 213 Modern World History, LE (4)
HIST 220 United States History, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
HIST 240 Making History (2)
III. Upper Division History Courses 6
HIST 390 Research Seminar in History (3) consent of instructor
HIST 490 Research Seminar in History (3) HIST 390
IV. Elective Distribution 24
Nine upper division hours from United States category (9)
Six upper division hours from European category (6)
Nine upper division hours from World History category (9)
V. Electives 3–4
Additional HIST coursework (3)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 56–59

Recommended Plan of Study for History

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year HIST 112 or HIST 212
Language I


HIST 113 or HIST 213
Language II


Sophomore Year HIST 240
HIST 318
Language III


HIST 220
HIST 302
HIST 351


Junior Year HIST 319
HIST 340


HIST 313
HIST 341


Senior Year HIST 326
HIST 390*
HIST 300E
HIST 490*

* HIST 390 is offered only in Fall semester and must be taken sequentially with 490, which is only offered in Spring semester.


Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 11–13
HIST 112 Western Civilization, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
or
HIST 212 World History to 1500, LE (4)
HIST 113 Western Civilization, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
or
HIST 213 Modern World History, LE (4)
HIST 220 United States History, LE (3)—offered fall and spring
HIST 240 Making History (2)
II. Elective Courses 9
Choose three upper division hours from each of two categories (6)
(U.S., European and/or World History) choose 3 hours from:
HIST 390 Research Seminar in History (3)
or
consent of instructor
Upper division History coursework (any category)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 20–22

History Categories

United States History

HIST 300 Special Topics in U.S. History
HIST 313 United States History Since 1945
HIST 314 Exploration Through Early Republic
HIST 315 The Age of Jackson
HIST 316 The Civil War Through 1890
HIST 317 The US as a World Power
HIST 318 American Popular Culture
HIST 319 American Women’s History
HIST 320 Environmental History of the United States
HIST 365 Utah and the West

European History

HIST 300 Special Topics in European History
HIST 301 Early Modern Europe
HIST 302 Modern Europe
HIST 351 Proseminar on Imperialism

World History

HIST 300 Special Topics in World History
HIST 326 African History Since 1500
HIST 330 Middle Eastern History
HIST 335 Environmental History of Africa
HIST 340 Latin American History: Discovery of the Americas
HIST 341 Latin American History: Revolution in the Americas
HIST 343 History of Mexico
HIST 351 Proseminar on Imperialism
HIST 381 History of Russia