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History

Minor

  • Study forces that shape our world
  • Enhance/compliment your major
  • 18 credit requirement

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History at Marywood

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Alexander Vari
Associate Professor of History

Jeremy Rich
Associate Professor of History
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education

The History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education Program prepares students for a teaching career in secondary schools. The program has received national recognition from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the premier national accrediting body for programs in education. In accord with the standards of the National Council for the Social Studies, students who major in History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education will acquire the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school levels for the study of the social sciences. These studies include:

  1. culture and cultural diversity
  2. time, continuity, and change
  3. people, places, and environment
  4. individual development and identity
  5. individuals, groups, and institutions
  6. power, authority, and governance
  7. production, distribution, and consumption
  8. science, technology, and society
  9. global connections
  10. civic ideals and practices.


Certification for the teaching of history at the secondary level is available through programs coordinated by the Social Sciences and Education Departments. The program requires a minimum of 126 credits for graduation. Students are also required to maintain a portfolio of their work in the required courses listed below and take the PRAXIS examinations required for certification to teach secondary social studies in Pennsylvania. Students are encouraged to become members of and participate in the activities of the Marywood chapter of the Pennsylvania Education Association and the National and Pennsylvania Councils for the Social Studies. See Marywood Department of Education for a description of admission and retention criteria and further course requirements.

Upon completion of the program, the bachelor of arts degree is awarded with a major in History/Social Science: Secondary Education.

Students desiring to pursue an education degree must have and maintain a minimum QPA of 3.00 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 3.00.

History/Social Science: Secondary Education (75 Credits)

Forty-eight credits (16 courses) are required in the Social Sciences Department.

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
SOC 218 Anthropology
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3
PS 211 State and Local Government
3
ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
GEOG XXX Elective
3
HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
HIST 125 Ancient and Medieval World History 3
HIST 252 U.S. History to 1865
3
HIST 253 U.S. History Since 1865
3
HIST XXX Modern Europe
3
HIST XXX Modern America
3
HIST XXX Modern Developing World
3
SSCI 411 Curriculum and Methods in Secondary Social Studies
3

Specific courses from the Department of Education (27 credits)

EDUC 000 Field Experience
0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­12 1
EDUC 100 Introduction to Education
.5
EDUC 101 Introduction to Education
.5
PSYC 252 Adolescent Psychology
3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 367* Behavioral and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education
3
EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 442 Student Teaching 9
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials & Assessment of ELL
3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

History

The student who majors in History will:

  1. acquire knowledge of history of the major global areas and of the major historical interpretations regarding those areas;
  2. engage in modes of inquiry of history and pursue purposeful, honest, and effective research in the field of history;
  3. participate effectively in discussion of historical issues, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions, and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions;
  4. analyze the cultural characteristics and accomplishments of diverse national, ethnic, and religious groups, recognizing and appraising the values implicit in their specific orientations;
  5. analyze the impacts of economic and social forces on historical development of nations and world regions and on the global community;
  6. relate historical knowledge to current affairs, responding to the challenges of contemporary society with well-informed effectiveness;
  7. identify the influence of human emotions upon historical development and demonstrate empathy with the common aspirations of members of the human community.


For graduation, students must have a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 2.00.

History Major Requirements (51 credits)

History Courses (42 credits)

A. Core (24 credits):

HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World
3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865
3
HIST 253 United States History since 1865
3
HIST 260 Introduction to Historical Research
3
HIST XXX Global history 100/200 level
3
HIST 460 Seminar 
3

B. Electives (18 credits):

Select six history courses (18 credits) from 300 and 400 level history offerings, including at least one course in each of the following areas:

American
European
Developing World

Social Sciences Cognate Courses (9 credits)

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3

Note: One of these courses is taken to fulfill the Liberals Arts, Category IV Social Sciences requirement.

Total Credits: 51 credits
Total Credits with Liberal Arts: 91 credits

Additional credits to fulfill University graduation requirement of at least 126 credits may be taken in open electives from any department.

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

History/Pre-Law

The student who majors in History/Pre-Law will:

  1. acquire a working knowledge of the history and political systems of the major world areas and of the major historical and political interpretations regarding those areas;
  2. engage in the modes of inquiry of history, political science, and the cognates of social sciences and humanities, as well as pursue purposeful, honest, and effective research in the fields;
  3. participate effectively in discussion of historical, social, and political issues, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions;
  4. analyze the cultural characteristics and accomplishments of diverse national, ethnic, and religious groups, recognizing and appraising the values implicit in their specific orientations;
  5. analyze the impacts of economic and social forces on political, social, and historical development of nations and world areas and on the global community;
  6. relate historical, ethical and political knowledge to current affairs, responding to the challenges of contemporary society with well-informed effectiveness;
  7. identify the influence of human emotions upon historical development and demonstrate empathy with the common aspirations of members of the human community.

History/Pre-Law (72 credits)

42 credits (14 courses) in History

A. Core (24 credits):

HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century 3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865 3
HIST 253 United States History since 1865 3
HIST 260 Introduction to Historical Research 3
HIST 200+ Developing World 200 level 3
HIST 460 Seminar 3

B. History Electives (18 credits):

6 courses at 300/400 level, at least one from each of the following areas:
American, European, or non-Western/Global South.

Twelve credits (4 courses) in Social Science Cognates

SOC 211 Introduction to Sociology 3
ECON 100 Basic Economics
(or another Macro-Economics course for transfer)
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics 3
PS 211 State and Local Government 3

Eighteen credits (6 courses) in Pre-Law Concentration

PL 200 Introduction to Law 3
PL 210 Legal Reasoning 3
CJ 200+ Criminal Justice elective (200 and up) 3

PHIL Elective Choose from:

PHIL 304 Symbolic Logic 3
PHIL 315 Ethics 3
PHIL 326 Political Philosophy 3
PHIL 328 Environmental Ethics 3
PHIL 450S Moral and Legal Rights 3
SOC 318 Social Theory 3

PS 300+ Elective Choose from:

PS 312 Symbolic International Relations 3
PS 315/316 Constitutional Law I and II 3
PS 314A/B American Political Thought 3
PS 325 The American Presidency 3
PS 327G US Contemporary Geopolitics 3
PS 400 Comparative Government 3

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

Retention in the program is based on the student maintaining an overall minimum QPA of 2.00, as well as a QPA of 2.33 in the major.

The John R. Lenahan, Sr. Esq. Scholarship Award for excellence in Pre-Law studies is awarded to a student who is either enrolled in the History/Pre-Law major of the Social Sciences Department or pursuing another University major and completing the Pre-Law minor offered by the Department of Social Sciences with the intent of pursuing a career in law. The scholarship is awarded in either the fall or spring semester of the senior year at Marywood University.

To minor in History a student must complete:

Nine credits (9) of lower division History (HIST) courses (numbered 100 and 200 level)
Nine credits (9) of upper division History (HIST) courses (numbered 300 and up)

To minor in Political Science a student must complete six Political Science courses, including: