Faculty: Jeff Nichols, Mary Jane Chase
- 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.
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.
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
|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:|
|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. Elective Distribution||24|
|Eight upper division hours from United States category (8)||One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 120, 123, 202, 206, 240, 242|
|Eight upper division hours from European category (8)||One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 120, 123, 202, 206, 240, 242|
|Eight upper division hours from World category (8)||One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 120, 123, 202, 206, 240, 242|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR HISTORY MAJOR||62|
Recommended Plan of Study for History
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Freshman Year||HIST 102 or 110
|HIST 123 or HIST 111
|Sophomore Year||HIST 240*
|Junior Year||HIST 316
|Senior Year||Interdisciplinary Elective
* 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.
|I. Required Courses||12|
|History 240 Making History (2)|
|History 242 Fielding History (2)|
|Choose one course from two of the following groups:
|II. Elective Courses||12|
|Four upper division hours from United States category (4)||One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 120, 123, 202, 206, 240, 242|
|Four upper division hours from Europe category (4)||One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 120, 123, 202, 206, 240, 242|
|Four upper division hours from World category (4)||One of the following: HIST 102, 110, 111, 120, 123, 202, 206, 240, 242|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR||24|
United States History
HIST 300 Special Topics in U.S. History
HIST 313 United States History Since 1945
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
HIST 300 Special Topics in European History
HIST 301 Early Modern Europe
HIST 306 French Revolution
HIST 311 The Ancient World
HIST 312 The Medieval World
HIST 351 Seminar on Imperialism
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 Seminar on Imperialism