History Program Requirements



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  • Jeff Nichols (Chair)
  • Kathryn Julian

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Program Goals

Westminster College History students will:

  • Learn and practice traditional, digital, and community-based methods of primary historical research.
  • Learn and practice constructing valid historical arguments based on original research in primary sources.
  • Learn and practice communicating historical knowledge creatively and effectively via written, oral, digital, and other means.
  • Learn and practice skills of critical analysis of evidence, arguments, and conflicting historical interpretations.
  • Begin to build a broad and deep content knowledge of global human history

Objectives

The History Program is committed to helping students learn to make sense of the past. The Program emphasizes research and communication skills applicable to further History study and teaching, as well as to many other disciplines and careers. Students learn to ask significant questions about the past, often on-site or in the field; find and critically analyze the best primary and secondary sources, and communicate their findings to a variety of audiences through many means. Students may elect an academic major or minor.

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 WCore requirement, regardless of major field or class standing.

History majors and minors are encouraged to take History 240 (Making History)  and History 242 (Fielding History) in their second year of course work. History 240 and 242 are prerequisites 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 may substitute up to four hours of elective credit with an approved internship. 

Note for Honors College students: HON 201 Welcome to Thinking I may be substituted for HIST 102 or 124 required for the program while HON 202 may substitute for HIST 111, 204 or 206.

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

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore or Honors College requirements

History Major

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites

I. World Language Requirement

8  
History majors must complete two semesters of a single world language or its equivalent.    
II. Lower Division History Courses 18  
HIST 120  The Story of America 4  
HIST 240 Making History 3  
HIST 242 Fielding History 3  
Choose one course from each of the following groups:    

HIST 102

or

HIST 124

or

HIST 111

Alien Encounters in History 

or

FIlm and Memory 

or

Patterns of Global Immigration

4  

HIST 202

or

HIST 204

or

HIST 206

or

HIST 230

America's Best Idea

or

Truth and Reconciliation

or

Homelands and Contested Spaces

or

Global Coffee Cultures

4  
III. Interdisciplinary Elective 4  
One 300-level course in English or Philosophy    
IV. Upper Division History Courses 6  
HIST 390 Research Seminar in History 3 consent of instructor
HIST 490 Research Seminar in History 3 HIST 390
V. Upper Division Distribution 24  
Twelve upper division hours from Americas category 12 One of the following: HIST 102, 111, 120, 124, 202, 204, 206, 230, 240, 242
Twelve upper division hours from World category 12 One of the following: HIST 102, 111, 120, 124, 202, 204, 206, 230, 240, 242
Total Hours for the History Major 60  

Recommended Plan of Study for History

* Note that HIST 240 is offered only in Fall and HIST 242 only in the Spring semester.
**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 10  
History 240 Making History 3  
History 242 Fielding History 3  
Choose one course from the following:    
HIST 102 Alien Encounters in History 4  
HIST 124 FIlm and Memory 4  
HIST 111 Patterns of Global Immigration 4  
HIST 120 The Story of America 4  
II. Elective Courses 12  
Four upper division hours from Americas category  4 One of the following: HIST 102, 111, 120, 124, 202, 204, 206, 240, 242
Four upper division hours from World category 4 One of the following: HIST 102, 111, 120, 124, 202, 204, 206, 240, 242
Total Hours for the History Minor 22  

History Categories

  • Americas
    • HIST 313 United States History Since 1945
    • HIST 316 The Civil War Through 1890
    • HIST 317 The US as a World Power
    • HIST 319 American Women’s History
    • HIST 320 Environmental History of the United States
    • HIST 325 The Native West
    • HIST 340 Latin America I
    • HIST 341 Latin America II
    • HIST 365 Utah and the West
  • World
    • HIST 307 Comparative Revolutions
    • HIST 308 Supernatural Europe
    • HIST 324 Global Cold War
    • HIST 327 History of the Holocaust
    • HIST 328 Death on Display
    • HIST 329 Culture and Society of East Asia
    • HIST 330 History of the Middle East