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History at Marywood

Careers for students majoring in history are many, including government, archives, museums, historical research and scholarly associations. This major allows students to combine their studies with a number of minors to further enhance career options. Recent graduates have combined majors in history with Art History, English, and other Social Science areas, such as Criminal Justice.

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Jeremy Rich
Professor of History

Alexander Vari
Professor of History
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This course of study is designed for students interested in a challenging major at the undergraduate level and prepares students for graduate study in history or an associated field.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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

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:

Developing World

Social Sciences Cognate Courses (9 credits)

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

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.