Lori Witt (chair), Mark Barloon, Chia Ning, Timothy Olin
The history department believes 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 investigation assists students in developing their reasoning skills, as well as advanced 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 all skills are made when evaluating the student’s performance in the western civilization sequence. The student’s skills will be continually monitored through subsequent course work in the major.
Complete 8 credits of the following:
HIST 310 Studies in World History (4)
HIST 330 Studies in American History (4)
Note: Each of these courses may be repeated for credit with different topics.
*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.
Students seeking education teaching licensure must, depending on the endorsement they are seeking, complete the History Major Rquirements listed above, which must include:
15 credits of world history courses (HIST 125 or HIST 126, HIST 485 and 8 credits of electives at the 200 or 300 level (World History Endorsement).
15 credits of American history courses (HIST 130 or 131, HIST 486, and 8 credits of electives at the 200 or 300 level (American History Endorsement).
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.