Lori Witt (chair), Mark Barloon, Chia Ning, Timothy Olin
The History, Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Philosophy faculty believe that one of the most important ways in which people establish who they are is through an accounting of what they have done over time. Since all human activities provide resources for this understanding, the history department includes in the study of history all social and cultural activities in which people have engaged. History is more than past politics. To insure that its students have the opportunity to know the variety that characterizes the human experience, the history department offers courses in all periods from ancient to modern and in most regions, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
Since history involves more than the simple setting forth of facts, the department exposes its students to the variety of interpretations and arguments that have characterized historians’ study. It also seeks to make them aware of the difficulties in coming to agreement in these matters. The department intends that engagement in such investigations assists students in developing their reasoning skills, as well as advancing their reading and writing skills, which provides excellent preparation for graduate and professional study.
In addition to the standard major, the history department offers two options that lead either to certification in secondary education or an emphasis in public history. Course work in cultural anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural and historical geography, and environmental studies is encouraged depending on individual student interests.
All history courses taken abroad can be used for the major. Study abroad is strongly encouraged for history majors.
Evaluation in all skills is based on student’s performance in HIST 485 and 486. This two-course sequence requires extensive writing and reading in addition to development of research skills, and the student must successfully complete each course to obtain departmental recommendation for graduation with a history major. Preliminary evaluations of communication skills are made when evaluating each student’s performance in the 100-level courses. Each student’s skills will be continually monitored through subsequent course work in the major.
1. Complete a minimum of 22 credits including seven credits each of American and world history distributed as follows:
*Students may count up to four credits from the approved list of political science or religion courses noted within the history major requirements.
Note: The history minor will not meet the State of Iowa requirements for teaching certification in history as a minor field.
Secondary education teaching licensure
Students seeking education teaching licensure must, depending on the endorsement they are seeking, complete the History Major Requirements listed above, which must include:
Students should consult their history and education advisors for courses needed. In addition, students seeking teaching licensure must earn a GPA of 3.0 in the history major and complete all education (EDUC) courses required for licensure.