Department of History
The general aim of the department is to produce a student who can demonstrate a general knowledge of the histories of the peoples of the world and use the tools of historical research to expand the fields of knowledge.
A major in history shall consist of at least 33 hours of history exclusive of freshman courses. A minor in history shall consist of 18 hours, which will include History 224 and 225, and 12 hours of history electives.
Students of history are encouraged to minor in such fields as library science, speech, journalism, and related sciences, with the consent of their advisors. Students may use history as a major in order to prepare for such professional schools as law, theology, library science, diplomatic service, communications and journalism, as well as graduate work in history and other fields.
A student majoring in history is expected to take an oral or a written comprehensive examination to determine competency in his field of concentration. This examination must be taken before the completion of the first semester of the senior year. A departmental committee will supervise and direct this examination. Students are required to take the general section of the GRE and pass the Writing Proficiency Test.