Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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Description

The goals of the History Department are: (1) to provide students in all colleges and programs opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the contemporary world through a critical knowledge of the past; (2) to provide all students with opportunities to cultivate skills of analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and interpreting historical evidence. Thus, the program is designed to play an integral role in the general liberal arts education of UDM students and to serve the needs of history majors on a variety of career paths. Students who fulfill the requirements for this program will earn a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history.


Degree Requirements

To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

History Major (36 credits)
The major consists of a minimum of 36 hours of approved coursework, with an overall C average in the coursework.

Required (12 credits):

HIS 1500 Introduction to History (OR) 3 credits
HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations 3 credits
HIS 2500 The United States to 1877 3 credits
HIS 2510 United States Since 1877 3 credits
HIS 2910 Historical Methods 3 credits

Two of the Following (6 credits):

HIS 2000 The Ancient Mediterranean World 3 credits
HIS 2100 Medieval Europe 3 credits
HIS 2200 Early Modern Europe 3 credits
HIS 2300 Europe in the 19th and 20th Century 3 credits

Two of the following (6 credits):

HIS 2400 Modern Middle East 3 credits
HIS 2700 Modern China and Japan 3 credits
HIS 2800 Modern Latin America 3 credits
HIS 2900 Modern Africa 3 credits
HIS 3370 British Empire 3 credits

Electives at the 3000/4000 Level (12 credits)
Three of the 12 credit hours must be for HIS 4990 Senior Seminar, or another designated research seminar at the 4000 level.

Areas of Interest
History majors may plan their degree programs to enhance their area of interest:

Public History
Public history may be broadly defined as using the past to serve the present. It is appropriate for history majors who are considering career options other than teaching or law. Such options include: archivist, museum curator or administrator, manager of historic properties, editing and publishing, policy analysis, government service, urban and regional planning, intelligence analyst, etc.

Teaching (Elementary/Secondary)
See requirements in the Education Program.

Pre-Law
History is an outstanding major for those considering careers in law. The reading, writing, and critical thinking skills history students develop are excellent preparation for the challenges of law school. The major can be supplemented with Legal Studies certificate.

Graduate Study
For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in history, the emphasis in their undergraduate studies will depend on their specific interests—e.g. modern Europe, recent America. Students should use electives to build a strong cognate in a complementary area: e.g. languages, English, philosophy, economics, religious studies, political science. Those considering an advanced degree in History should consult their advisor for help selecting coursework and applying to graduate schools.

Other Requirements:

  • Exit Interview
  • Mini-Portfolio
Minor in History

History Minor: 18 credits
The minor in history consists of completion of 18 hours of approved coursework with at least an overall C average.

Take One of the Following (3 credits):

HIS 1500 Introduction to History 3 credits
HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations 3 credits

Two Courses from the Following 2000-Level Sequences (6 credits):
U.S. Sequence:

HIS 2500 United States History to 1877 3 credits
HIS 2510 United States Since 1877 3 credits

European Sequence:

HIS 2000 The Ancient Mediterranean World 3 credits
HIS 2100 Medieval Europe 3 credits
HIS 2200 Early Modern Europe 3 credits
HIS 2300 Europe in the 19th and 20th Century 3 credits

World Sequence:

HIS 2400 Modern Middle East 3 credits
HIS 2640* Comparative Civilizations 3 credits
HIS 2700 Modern China and Japan 3 credits
HIS 2800 Modern Latin America
3 credits
HIS 2900 Modern Africa 3 credits

*If HIS 1500 is completed above.

Three Courses at the 3000-4000 Level (9 credits).

Other requirements:

  • Exit Interview
  • Mini-Portfolio Submitted


Minor in Museum Studies

The College of Liberal Arts & Education also offers a minor in museum studies. Click through to the museum studies minor page for more information.

Program Information Contact

Roy Finkenbine, Ph.D.
Department Co-Chair
Briggs Building, Room 318
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1016
Fax: (313) 993-1166
E-Mail: finkenre@udmercy.edu
    Greg Sumner, Ph.D.
Department Co-Chair
Briggs Building, Room 326
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1121
Fax: (313) 993-1166
E-Mail: sumnergd@udmercy.edu


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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