Majors in History

College of Arts and Sciences
Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: David C. Wright, Jr., Ph.D.

Following a major course of study in history provides a student with a strong liberal arts background. The study of history can broaden a student’s perspective on local, national, and international issues. It fosters an understanding of the complexity of human motivation and action, providing a critical approach to looking at the past. The history program cultivates the ability to think, write, and speak clearly with thoroughness and independence.

History majors must fulfill the College's core curriculum requirements in addition to completing 33 credits in history. Advanced history courses require six credits of core history/political science courses as prerequisites.

Admission Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the History program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

Candidates for general admission are reviewed on a rolling admission basis by the committee on admissions. The decision to admit a student is based on the student’s intended field of study and on an evaluation of the student’s qualifications.

Continuation as a history major requires that the student maintain a minimum of a 2.0 or “C” average in the major and a similar total grade point average. A student on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

Transfer students must complete all the history requirements as listed in the sequence of courses in the University Catalog.

History Major

History Major

College of Arts and Sciences
Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: David C. Wright, Jr., Ph.D.

Following a major course of study in history provides a student with a strong liberal arts background. The study of history can broaden a student’s perspective on local, national, and international issues. It fosters an understanding of the complexity of human motivation and action, providing a critical approach to looking at the past. The history program cultivates the ability to think, write, and speak clearly with thoroughness and independence.

History majors must fulfill the College's core curriculum requirements in addition to completing 33 credits in history. Advanced history courses require six credits of core history/political science courses as prerequisites.

See Sequence of Required Courses for History Majors

General Requirements

Incoming first-year students seeking admission as history majors must meet the general and specific admissions requirements of the university as stated in this catalog. In cases where the student does not fully meet them, a personal interview is required.

Continuation as a history major requires that the student maintain a minimum of a 2.0 or “C” average in the major and a similar total grade point average. A student on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

Transfer students must complete all the history requirements as listed in the sequence of courses in this catalog.

Internships

Internships for history majors are assigned on the basis of availability. Pre-law internships are required as a part of the pre-law specialization. Majors who desire to pursue internships must receive prior approval of the department chair or work out the details with the pre-law advisor. Internships may only be taken if the student has a “B” average in the major and is a fully accredited junior or senior.

Recommendations

To receive a recommendation for graduate study or law school, the student must maintain the minimum of a “B” in the major, pre-law specialization, and total grade point average.

Sequence of Required Courses

Freshman Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
HIS 101Western Civilization I3HIS 102Western Civilization II3
MTHMath Bank I3MTHMath Bank II3
ENGCore3ENGCore3
PHL 100Introduction to Philosophy3PHLCore3
POL 100American Natl. Government3POL 103GGlobal Politics3

Sophomore Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
FACore3FACore3
SCICore3SCICore3
BEBSoc., Psych. or Econ.3BEBSoc., Psych. or Econ.3
HIS 103U.S. History I3HIS 104U.S. History II3
Free elective3Free elective3

Junior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
HIS 405Seminar on History3HIS 491Junior Research Seminar3
RLSCore3RLSCore3
HIS 210History of England3HISFree elective3
Free elective3HISFree elective3
HIS/POLFree elective3Free elective3

Senior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
HISFree elective3HIS/POLFree elective3
ENGFree elective3ENGFree elective3
HIS/POLFree elective3SOC 221Cultural Minorities3
Free elective3Free elective3
Free elective3GEO 202Cultural World Geography.3

Total required for graduation 120 credits

History, Pre-Law

History, Pre-Law

Degree: B.A., History

Department Chair: David Wright, Ph.D.

Pre-Law Director:Brian Carso, Ph.D.

The Pre-Law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law Schools which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The program provides a sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test and the graduate study of law.

The program has been carefully designed to develop ability in expression and analytical comprehension, to afford basic information about human institutions and values, and to cultivate the ability to think critically with thoroughness and independence.

Admission to, and success in, law school depends upon completion of a rigorous understanding of the law school admission process.

Students may choose to major in English, History, or Philosophy. Upon satisfactory completion of the major program requirements and the Pre-Law program requirements, the student will earn a bachelor of arts degree in English, History, or Philosophy with a Pre-Law specialization.

Pre-Law students must fulfill the general and specific requirements of the College and of the specific major as stated in the catalog for retention in the program and for recommendation to law school.

Pre-Law students should register with the Program Director's office, where advice on course selection and information concerning the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law schools can be obtained.

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
HIS 101Western Civilization I3HIS 102Western Civilization II3
PHL 100Intro to Philosophy3PHLCore3
BEBSociology, Psychology, or Econ.3BEBSociology, Psychology, or Econ.3
ENGCore3ENGCore3
POL 100American National Government3POL 103Global Politics3

Sophomore Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
FACore3FACore3
MTHMath Bank I3MTHMath Bank II3
HIS 103U.S. History I3HIS 104U.S. History II3
POL 251Law Seminar I3POL 252Law Seminar II3
SCICore3SCICore3

Junior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
HIS 405Seminar on History3HIS 491Junior Research Seminar3
RLSCore3RLSCore3
HIS 210History of England3HISFree Elective3
POL 405American Constitutional Law I3POL 406American Constitutional Law II3
Free elective3Free elective3

Senior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
HISCore3HIS/POLCore3
ENGCore3ENGCore3
SOC 221Cultural Minorities3GEO 202Cultural World Geog.3
POL 450Law Internship I3POL 451Law Internship II3
BUS 352Business Law3POLAdvanced Elective3

The total required for graduation 120 credits.

History, Secondary Education Certification

History, Secondary Education Certification

Degree: B.A., History

Department Chair: David Wright, Ph.D.

Secondary Education: Allan Austin, Ph.D.

The secondary education program in History (HIS/SECED) is designed to prepare teachers of history and the other social studies for Grades 7-12. The program emphasizes studies in history with a number of courses in political science, geography, sociology, and anthropology. A unique aspect of the HIS/SECED program is that it prepares teachers to effectively deal with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes. It is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and leads to a PA Instructional I certificate. The University's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by PDE on the required battery of certification tests, qualify graduates for a PA Instructional I certificate. Pennsylvania has signed an Interstate Agreement through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification which facilitates certification in other states. States’ requirements vary; graduates should determine what they have to do to become certified in a state other than Pennsylvania.

Pre-service teachers in the HIS/SECED program must successfully complete the University's liberal arts Core Curriculum, a content major in History, and series of Teacher Education Department courses. HIS/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field/practicum experiences that begin during the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent approximately 750 hours in community classrooms. During students' final semester, they must complete two seven-week student teaching assignments (two separate placements).

Students in the History/Secondary Education have two academic advisors. The TED advisor is responsible for advising related to Education courses and field/practicum experiences. The content area advisor is responsible for advising related to the University Core and content major requirements. Each semester, students must meet with both advisors prior to registration to facilitate course selection and receive approval to register. The student is ultimately responsible for the selection and registration of courses.

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second
Semester
Total Credits15
HIS 101Western Civilization I3HIS 102Western Civilization II3
SOC 101Comparative Sociology3ENGAmerican or British
Literature Core
3
ENG 151University Writing Seminar3SCINatural Science Core with Lab4
PHL 100Introduction to Philosophy3FAFine Arts Core3
TED 121Educational Technology3PHLPhilosophy Core3
TED 100Education Seminar0TED 131Cultural Awareness1
TED 190Education Seminar Field0TED 191Freshman Field0

Sophomore Year

First
Semester
Total Credits18Second
Semester
Total Credits18
HIS 103United States History I3FAFine Arts Core3
SCIScience Core3MTH 115Statistics3
MTHMath Bank 1 Core3HIS 104United States History II3
RLS 104World Religions3SPE 111Special Ed. and
Exceptional Learners
3
TED 232Educational Psychology3TED 271Classroom Management2
TED 243Adolescent Development3TED 377Classroom Mgt Sec Ed1
TED 292Sophomore Field0TED 293Sophomore Field II0

Junior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits17Second
Semester
Total Credits18
HIS 405Seminar on History3HIS 491Research Seminar3
POL 100American National Govt.3POL 103Global Politics3
RLSCore3GEO 202Cultural World Geography3
HISAdvanced Elective3HIS/POLAdvanced Elective3
BUSEconomics Core3ENGAdvanced Elective3
TED 310Teacher PA History1TED 369Curr/Methods in Sec Ed3
TED 351Intro to Instr Planning1TED 397Practicum II0
TED 396Practicum I0

Senior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits16Second
Semester
Total Credits16
HIS 210History of England3HISAdvanced Elective3
HISAdvanced Elective3TED 498Student Teaching9
ENGAdvanced Elective3TED 411ELL Methods2
SOC 222Cultural Minorities3TED 412Professional Practice2
SPE 411Inclusive Practices3
TED 495Practicum III1

Total required for graduation 135 credits

History Major/Organizational Management Dual Degree Program

History Major/Organizational Management Dual Degree Program

Degree BA, History (conferred at the completion of bachelor's requirements)

Department Chair David C. Wright, Jr., PhD

Degree MS, Organizational Management (conferred at the completion of master's requirements)

Department Chair Corina Slaff, PhD

The five-year history BA./ organizational management M.S. program allows students to tailor the history major to their future professional interests in management. Constructed in conjunction with the Business department, this program allows students to complete a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Organizational Management over a five-year course of study (completing the remaining 24 credits of coursework for the M.S. typically requires enrollment in the summer, fall and spring immediately following the conferral of the bachelor's degree).

Students are guaranteed admission to the MS program in Organizational Management as long as (1) they maintain a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate gpa; (2) maintain a 3.0 gpa in OM core classes; and (3) complete their BA degree in History as scheduled.

For more information click here: http://catalog.misericordia.edu/8729.htm

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second
Semester
Total Credits15
HIS 101Western Civilization I3HIS 102Western Civilization II3
HIS 103US I3HIS 104US II3
MTHMath Group A3MTHMath Group B3
ENG/RLSUniversity Writing Seminar3ENG/RLS Core3
PHL 100Intro to Philosophy3PHLPhilosophy Core3


Sophomore Year

First
Semester
Total Credits16 Second
Semester
Total Credits15
FAFine Arts Core3GEO 202 Cultural World Geography 3
SCIScience Core (with lab)4SCICore3

Behave Sci Core3
Behave Sci Core3
POL 100American National
Government
3POL 103Global Politics3
SOC 221Cultural Minorities3Free Elective3


Junior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15 Second
Semester
Total Credits15
HIS 405Seminar on History3HIS 491Research Seminar3
ENG/RLS Core3ENG/RLS Core3
HIS 210 or 211 History of England or
History of Britain
3HISAdvanced Elective3
HIS/POLAdvanced Elective3HISAdvanced Elective 3

Free Elective3
Free Elective3


Senior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15 Second
Semester
Total Credits15
HISAdvanced Elective 3HIS/POLAdvanced Elective 3
ENGAdvanced Elective3ENGAdvanced Elective3
HIS/POLAdvanced Elective3FAFree Elective3
OMCore Class*3OMCore Class3
OMCore Class*3OMCore Class3

*To satisfy OM core classes in their senior year, students may select from the following:

OM 500 - Organizational Behavior

OM 509 - Financial Management

OM 515 - Research Methods

OM 530 - Legal Aspects of Administration

OM 538 - Perspectives in Management

OM 545 - Introduction to Human Resources

OM 551 - Organizational Communication


Fifth Year - all remaining OM classes to complete the degree (24 credits)

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

    1. The following are program goals for the History major, in which students will:
    2. Broaden perspectives on local, national, and international issues
    3. Understand the complexity of human motivations
    4. Provide a critical approach to looking at the past
    5. Cultivate writing and oral communication skills
    6. Foster cultural understanding

    The History major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:

    1. Students will identify major events and issues in local, national, and international history and/or politics
    2. Students will identify different historical and theoretical perspectives
    3. Students will be able to analyze primary and secondary sources
    4. Students will be able to use primary and secondary sources to make an argument
    5. Majors will write a research paper that asks a significant historical or political science question
    6. Majors will present historical, policy, or political arguments and analysis in an oral presentation
    7. Majors will identify key attributes of global regions

    The following are program goals for the Government, Law, and National Security major:

    1. To provide students with an interdisciplinary background in history, political science, and related disciplines.
    2. To cultivate the ability to think, write, and speak clearly with thoroughness and independence.
    3. To foster an understanding of the complexity of human motivation and action across a diverse set of individuals, groups, communities, and organizations, by providing a critical approach to evaluating past and present events and issues of historical, legal, and/or political significance.
    4. To promote an understanding of human values and moral considerations, and of how to incorporate an ethical awareness into problem-solving strategies that reflects the values of mercy, justice, service, and hospitality.
    5. To afford students the opportunity to develop and increase their capacity for qualitative and quantitative analysis and evaluation of local, national and international issues and the strategic implementation of concepts and policy options for conflict and problem resolution.
    6. To familiarize students with the political, economic, legal, and national security institutions and processes in the United States and the international community, and their histories.

    The Government, Law, and National Security major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:

    1. Students will evaluate American and international economic, legal, and/or political systems, institutions, issues, and activities.
    2. Students will be able to critically assess the concepts, history, institutions, laws, and methods of national security, broadly understood.
    3. Students will be able to critically evaluate both historical and current events to identify intentions and motivations of action.
    4. Students will identify and explain the ethical, legal, and/or moral dimension of political, economic, and social issues.
    5. Students will be able to develop explanations, theories of causation, and strategies for conflict and program resolution.
    6. Students will be able to communicate clearly and persuasively both verbally and in writing.
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