History

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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 WCore requirement, regardless of major field or class standing.

History majors and minors, including teaching minors, are encouraged to take HIST 120 (The Story of America) before taking any other United States history course. In addition, students are encouraged to take one course from HIST 102 (Alien Encounters in History), HIST 110 (Puzzles of World History), HIST 123 (Citizenship & Voting in Europe), HIST 111 (Patterns of Global Immigration), or HIST 206 (Homelands and Contested Spaces) before taking any courses in European or World History. Students are also 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.

Note for Honors students: HON 201 Welcome to Thinking I may be substituted for HIST 102 or 110 required for the program while HON 202 may substitute for HIST 123, 206 or HIST 111.

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

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore requirements

History Major

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 12
History majors must complete three semesters of a single world language or its equivalent.
II. Lower Division History Courses 16
HIST 120 The Story of America (4)
HIST 240 Making History (2)
HIST 242 Fielding History (2)
Choose one course from each of the following groups:
  1. HIST 102 Alien Encounters in History (4)  or
    HIST 110 Puzzles of World History (4)

  2. HIST 111 Patterns of Immigration (4) or
    HIST 123 Citizenship & Voting in Europe (4) or
    HIST 206 Homelands & Contested Spaces (4) or
    HIST 230 Global Coffee Cultures (4)
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
Eight upper division hours from United States category (8) One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 120, 123, 202, 206, 212, 213, 220, 240, 242.
Eight upper division hours from European category (8) One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 120, 123, 202, 206, 212, 213, 220, 240, 242.
Eight upper division hours from World category (8) One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 120, 123, 202, 206, 212, 213, 220, 240, 242.
TOTAL HOURS FOR HISTORY MAJOR 58

Recommended Plan of Study for History

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year HIST 102 or 110
Language I


HIST 123 or HIST 111
Language II


Sophomore Year HIST 240*
HIST 120
Language III


HIST 242*
HIST 301
HIST 313


Junior Year HIST 316
HIST 351


HIST 311
HIST 335


Senior Year HIST 390** HIST 490**

* 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 12  
History 240 Making History (2)
History 242 Fielding History (2)
Choose one course from two of the following groups:

  1. HIST 102 Alien Encounters in History (4) or
    HIST 110 Puzzles of World History (4)
  2. HIST 111 Patterns of Immigration (4) or
    HIST 123 Citizenship & Voting in Europe (4)
  3. HIST 120 The Story of America (4)
II. Elective Courses 12
Four upper division hours from United States category (4) One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 120, 123, 202, 206, 212, 213, 220, 240, 242.
Four upper division hours from Europe category (4) One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 120, 123, 202, 206, 212, 213, 220, 240, 242.
Four upper division hours from World category (4) One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 120, 123, 202, 206, 212, 213, 220, 240, 242.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24

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 306 French Revolution
HIST 311 The Ancient World
HIST 312 The Medieval World
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

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