Nov 12, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

History and Government - General History Concentration, BA/BS


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The General History Concentration consists of a total of forty-two hours in history course work. Eighteen hours are in history survey courses, eighteen hours are in upper level history courses, and six hours consist of the two parts of the Senior Seminar. These courses are to be taken sequentially with most of the history survey courses being taken before the upper level ones are taken. In any case, the choice of courses must be made in cooperation with the faculty advisor to ensure successful and timely completion of the degree requirements and to prepare for the senior year comprehensive examination and the writing of the thesis paper. Finally, all eighteen hours of history survey courses and all eighteen hours of upper level history courses should be taken before the student takes the two seminar courses.

The General History Concentration is designed as a traditional liberal arts program that emphasizes theory and research so that the student is prepared for graduate studies in history. Should the student wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree, rather than a Bachelor of Science degree, then, the student must satisfy a foreign language requirement, which can also be met by passing a Foreign Language Proficiency Examination. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in history are strongly encouraged to take twelve hours of Foreign Language Electives and, thereby, to graduate with a BA.

Bachelor Of Arts/Bachelor Of Science History And Government Major


The Department of History and Government offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in history and government. Students who wish to earn the BA degree are required to complete twelve semester hours of a foreign language in addition to other requirements. The BA/BS degrees in history and government require a minimum of forty-two semester hours for majors in the history concentration and forty-five semester hours for majors in the government concentration. The BS degree in history and government requires thirty-six semester hours for majors in the history (social studies) concentration.

Students who wish to pursue a major or minor in history and government must earn a grade of “C” or higher in departmental courses.

Core Requirements


General Education And Institutional Requirements


English Composition (6 semester hours)


Arts and Humanities (6 hours)


Sciences (Biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, 1 lab. course req.)


  • ____ ___ Science Electives 7-8 Credits

Mathematics 116 or above (3 hours )


  • MATH ___ Math Elective 3 Credits

Social Sciences (6 hrs.)


  • ____ ___ Social Science Electives 6 Credits

Technology (3 hours)


  • COSC ___ Computer Science Elective 3 Credits

Other General (Free) Education Electives (9 hours)


  • ____ ___ General Education Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ General Education Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ General Education Elective 3 Credits

Note:


See the full list of University General Education and Institutional Requirements  for additional options.

Students are encouraged to take SUMMER courses and attend MINI-SEMESTER in order to have a manageable semester load.

Note: The Department reserves the right to specify suitable general education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.

History Survey Courses (18 semester hours)


For History majors some of the above courses may be included in the program as core departmental requirements or as general education electives, under the social sciences and other general education electives categories.

Total Hours of History Survey Courses: 18


History Sub-Fields


There are three sub-fields of upper level history courses, which are the African Sub-Field, the European Sub-Field, and the United States Sub-Field. History Majors must take two courses in each of the three sub-fields for their eighteen hours of upper level course work (300-level or higher) in history.

General History Electives


General History Electives, which may be taken as electives, count towards the total semester hours for graduation, but they do not count as part of the semester hours in the major area of history concentration.

Sample Program


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total: 16

Second Semester


Total: 18

Junior Year


First Semester


  • HIST ___ Sub-Field Elective 3 Credits
  • HIST ___ Sub-Field Elective 3 Credits
  • GOVT 342 - International Relations 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Other Elective 3 Credits
Total: 15

Second Semester


  • HIST ___ Sub-Field Elective 3 Credits
  • HIST ___ Sub-Field Elective 3 Credits
  • COSC ___ Computer Science Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Other Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Other Elective 3 Credits
Total: 14

Senior Year


First Semester


  • HIST 497 - Senior Seminar I 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Other Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Other Elective 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Other Elective 3 Credits
Total: 12

Second Semester


Total: 12

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