Majors & Minors

College of Arts and Sciences
Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, Ph.D.
Program Director for History: Allan Austin, Ph.D.

The History major at Misericordia University is based on the disciplinary standards set by the American Historical Association, which states that:

“History is the study of the human past as it is constructed and interpreted with human artifacts, written evidence, and oral traditions. It requires empathy for historical actors, respect for interpretive debate, and the skillful use of an evolving set of practices and tools.

As an inquiry into human experience, history demands that we consider the diversity of human experience across time and place.

As a public pursuit, history requires effective communication to make the past accessible; it informs and preserves collective memory; it is essential to active citizenship.

As a discipline, history requires a deliberative stance towards the past; the sophisticated use of information, evidence, and argumentation; and the ability to identify and explain continuity and change over time. Its professional ethics and standards demand peer review, citation, and acceptance of the provisional nature of knowledge.”

History majors must fulfill the College's core curriculum requirements in addition to completing 39 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: Christopher A. Stevens, Ph.D.
Program Director for History: Allan Austin, Ph.D.

The History major at Misericordia University is based on the disciplinary standards set by the American Historical Association, which states that:

“History is the study of the human past as it is constructed and interpreted with human artifacts, written evidence, and oral traditions. It requires empathy for historical actors, respect for interpretive debate, and the skillful use of an evolving set of practices and tools.

As an inquiry into human experience, history demands that we consider the diversity of human experience across time and place.

As a public pursuit, history requires effective communication to make the past accessible; it informs and preserves collective memory; it is essential to active citizenship.

As a discipline, history requires a deliberative stance towards the past; the sophisticated use of information, evidence, and argumentation; and the ability to identify and explain continuity and change over time. Its professional ethics and standards demand peer review, citation, and acceptance of the provisional nature of knowledge.”

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.

Internship

Internships for history majors are encouraged. Majors who desire to pursue internships must receive prior approval of the department chair and the advisor.

Recommendation

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

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year


First Semester

Total Credits 15

Second Semster

Total Credits 15

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total Credits 16

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Junior Year


First Semester


  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • ENG 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Second Semester


  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • ENG 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Senior Year


First Semester


  • HIS 490 History Seminar 3 credits
  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Second Semester


  • HIS 491 Research Seminar 3 credits
  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Total Required for Graduation 121 Credits

History, Pre-Law Specialization

History in the Professions: Pre-Law Specialization

Degree: B.A., History

Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, Ph.D.

For information contact Brian F. 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 sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test and the graduate study of law.

Additional courses required for pre-law specialization (21 credits):

POL 100 American National Government

POL 103 Global Politics

POL 210 Introduction to the American Legal System

POL 211 The Trial in American Life

POL 410 American Constitutional Law

POL 411 Constitutional Encounters

POL 450 Internship

BUS 352 Business Law

Students may use one upper-level POL course (i.e. POL 410, 411, or 450) to fulfill one of the upper-level electives required for the history major. All remaining courses listed above would take the place of free electives listed in the sample study plan for the history major, found in the History BA section of the catalog. Students should consult their academic advisor for the timing of these and/or a more detailed plan of study for this specialization.

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

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.

History, Pre-DPT Specialization

History: Pre-DPT Specialization

Students completing the BA in History prior to entering the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program will complete the requirements below. Further information on maintaining satisfactory progress toward entry to the DPT program may be found in the Physical Therapy DPT, (Entry-Level) section of the catalog.

Sequence of Required Courses


First Year


FALL


Total Credits 16

SPRING

Total Credits 16

SUMMER

Total Credits 6

Second Year


FALL

Total Credits 16

SPRING


Total Credits 16

Third Year


FALL


Total Credits 16


SPRING


Total Credits 16

Fourth Year


FALL


Total Credits 18

Total Required for Graduation 120

History, Secondary Education Certification

History, Secondary Education Certification

Degree: B.A., History

Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, 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.

The Secondary Education Program in Citizenship is designed to prepare students to become secondary school social studies teachers, including equipping them with the skills to identify and assist students with learning disabilities. The emphasis is on history, along with a number of courses in political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and economics. This program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the field of education. Fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this program leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7–12) and transferable to many other states.

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year


FIRST SEMESTER

Sophomore Year


FIRST SEMESTER


Junior Year


FIRST SEMESTER

Total Credits 17

SECOND SEMESTER


Total Credits 18

Senior Year


FIRST SEMESTER


Total Credits 15

SECOND SEMESTER


Total Credits 16

Total Required for Graduation 134 Credits

History, History & Media Specialization

History in the Professions: History and Media Specialization

Degree: B.A., History

Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

For information contact Jennifer M. Black, PhD

The specialization in History and Media combines a strong preparation in historical methodologies, research, and writing with courses in Mass Communications and Design. A true interdisciplinary major, this specialization cultivates historical thinking and prepares students for a variety of careers related to media, such as public relations. From these courses centered on media design and evaluation, students further develop strong written and verbal communication skills while gaining professional-level training across media platforms and building aesthetic awareness and creativity. Students declaring the specialization in History and Media may not declare a minor in Mass Communications and Design.

Additional courses required for History and Media specialization (21 credits):

COM 102 Introduction to Mass Communications

COM 220 Journalism I

COM 215 Web Design & Production

COM 217 Introduction to Graphic Design

HIS 492 History in the Professions Thesis

Two courses from the following group:

COM 222 Fundamentals of Digital Photography

COM 225 Photojournalism

COM 232 Video Production I

COM 306 Media Criticism

COM 325 Magazine and Feature Writing/ ENG 325 Feature and Magazine Writing

ENG 339 Technical Writing

ENG 343 Writing for Media

FA 332 History of Graphic Design

The courses listed above would take the place of free electives listed in the sample study plan for the history major, found in the History BA section of the catalog. Students should consult their academic advisor for the timing of these and/or a more detailed plan of study for this specialization.

History, History for Business Specialization

History in the Professions: History for Business Specialization

Degree: B.A., History

Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

For information contact Allan Austin, PhD

The specialization in History for Business gives students a foundational understanding of business principles—including economics, marketing, management, and accounting—while concentrating their study on historical methodologies, research, and writing. Students in this specialization benefit from an interdisciplinary training designed to develop students’ awareness of ethical and social issues related to society and the business world in particular; cultivate a critical understanding of the past and its impact on the present; develop and enhance students’ research and writing skills; and prepare students for a variety of careers in the business field. Students declaring a specialization in History for Business may not declare a minor in Management.

Additional courses required for History for Business specialization (21 credits):

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting

BUS 205 Macroeconomics

BUS 208 Principles of Management

BUS 269 Principles of Marketing

HIS 492 History in the Professions Thesis

Two courses from the following group:

BUS 206 Microeconomics

BUS 352 Business Law

BUS 363 Management of Human Capital

BUS 415 International Business

BUS 420 Small Business Management

The courses listed above would take the place of free electives listed in the sample study plan for the history major, found in the History BA section of the catalog. Students should consult their academic advisor for the timing of these and/or a more detailed plan of study for this specialization.

History, Public History Specialization

History in the Professions: Public History Specialization

Degree: B.A., History

Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

For information contact Jennifer M. Black, PhD

At its core, Public History seeks to articulate the value and relevance of history to a broad, public audience. The specialization in Public History immerses students in service-oriented study to foster independent thinking, develop strong communities, cultivate informed decisions, and inspire leadership. The program provides a firm foundation in the methods and practice of Public History, preparing students for diverse career paths, including museums; archives; non-profit agencies at the local, regional and national levels; libraries; historic preservation firms; and other like institutions; as well as graduate study in law, libraries/archives, non-profit management, and the humanities. Students proceed from core courses in historical methods and practice through intermediate and advanced courses designed to develop and hone students’ skills in researching and writing for a public audience. Throughout the program of study, emphasis is placed upon professional development and career preparation

Additional courses required for Public History specialization (additional 9 credits):

Students should consult their academic advisor for the timing of these and/or a more detailed plan of study for this specialization (a sample of which may be found in the History BA section of the catalog).

History BA/Master's in Organizational Management

History Major/Organizational Management Dual Degree Program

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

Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

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

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

Sample Plan of Study

First Year


FALL


Total Credits 15

SPRING


Total Credits 15

Sophomore Year


FALL


Total Credits 16

SPRING


Total Credits 15

Junior Year


FALL


Choose One

Total Credits 15

SPRING


Total Credits 15

Senior Year


FALL


  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • ENG 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • HIS/POL 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits

Total Credits 15

SPRING


  • HIS/POL 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • ENG 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits

Total Credits 15

OM CORE COURSES


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

Fifth Year


All remaining OM classes to complete the degree

History BA/Master's in Business Administration

History Major, Master of Business Administration Dual Degree Program

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

Department Chair: Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

Degree MBA (conferred at the completion of master's requirements)

The 4+1 History BA and MBA program offers students interested in history and business a useful foundation for a variety of professional paths. The program introduces students to the study of history and the practice of business, providing an interdisciplinary basis for successful citizenship and entrepreneurship over a five-year course of study. Students will complete all courses required for the major above, and the following additional coursework in place of free electives:

MBA PREREQUISITES

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting

BUS 206 Microeconomics

BUS 208 Principles of Management

BUS 269 Principles of Marketing

BUS 363 Management of Human Capital

BUS 371 Business Financial Management

MIS 110 Introduction to Information Systems

MTH 115 Basic Statistics

MBA COURSES

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

MBA 500 Organizational Behavior and Development

MBA 501 Law, Ethics, and the Business Environment

MBA 503 Marketing Management

MBA 504 Information Analysis and Interpretation

MBA 506 Human Resources Management for Leaders

MBA 507 Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders

MBA 508 Information Systems for Management

MBA 509 Managerial Economics

In completing the MBA, students will finish the core MBA classes and also select from one of the following specializations: Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, Management, or Sport Management. (The Accounting specialization requires additional prerequisites and thus is not included in this 4+1 program.)

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the program, students must:

  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application, and must maintain that GPA throughout the remainder of their degree requirements
  • have completed all MBA prerequisite courses by the end of junior year;
  • complete an application to the program prior to the end of junior year;
  • complete their MBA core classes with a minimum 3.0 GPA; and,
  • complete their BA degree in History as scheduled.

Registration for MBA courses in the senior year will be overseen by Graduate Admissions. Students will not be registered for MBA courses in the senior year until all prerequisite courses have been completed with minimum GPA.

Sequence of Required Courses


First Year


FALL


Total Credits 15

SPRING

Total Credits 15

Sophomore Year


FALL

Total Credits 15

SPRING


  • Advanced HIS Elective 3 credits
  • Advanced ENG Elective 3 credits
  • Core 3 credits
  • Core 3 credits
  • Natural Science Core (with Lab) 4 credits
Total Credits 16

Junior Year


FALL


Total Credits 15

SPRING


Total Credits 15

Senior Year


FALL


  • Core 3 credits
  • Advanced HIS elective 3 credits
  • HIS 490 History Seminar 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
Total Credits 15

SPRING


  • Advanced HIS elective 3 credits
  • HIS 491 Research Seminar 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Fifth Year


24 credits of MBA courses, as dictated by the chosen specialization (see the Master of Business Administration section of the catalog for further information).

To complete the MBA program by the end of the fifth year, it may be necessary for students to take summer classes.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

  • The following goals and learning outcomes were developed by the History faculty based on the American Historical Association’s “Tuning Project” to “describe the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that students develop in history … degree programs.”


    (Program goals are in bold, student learning outcomes are enumerated beneath each goal)

    1. Develop historical knowledge.
      1. Recognize and explain historical processes, continuity, and change.
      2. Develop a body of historical knowledge with breadth of time and place—as well as depth of detail—in order to discern context.
      3. Examine global communities and cultures, and their interaction in history.
    2. Evaluate and employ historical methods.
      1. Recognize history as an interpretive account of the human past—one that historians create in the present from surviving evidence.
      2. Collect, question, organize, synthesize, and interpret a variety of historical sources.
      3. Practice ethical historical inquiry through proper acknowledgement of sources.
    3. Recognize the provisional nature of historical knowledge
      1. Describe past events from multiple perspectives.
      2. Identify, summarize, appraise, and synthesize other scholars’ historical arguments.
      3. Evaluate historical arguments, explaining how they were constructed and might be improved.
    4. Create historical arguments and narratives.
      1. Generate substantive, open-ended questions about the past and employ research strategies to answer them.
      2. Craft well-supported historical narratives, arguments, and reports of research findings.
      3. Synthesize research with existing narratives, making an original argument.
    5. Use historical perspective to inform active citizenship
      1. Historicize contemporary issues by correlating them to the past.
      2. Practice civil discourse and respect for diverse perspectives.


    Note: Specializations carry the following additional outcomes, as noted.

    5.3 (public history): Effectively communicate historical research and narratives to a broad public audience
    5.3 (history for business): Apply historical perspectives on ethical and social issues relevant to business*
    5.3 (history and media): Develop expertise across media platforms to craft creative, aesthetically effective messages according to media industry standards.**
    5.3 (pre-law): Apply historical research and writing skills to analysis of the law / legal history, writing appropriately for the legal profession^


    * Business concepts will be introduced and developed in BUS courses as required.
    ** Media concepts will be introduced and developed in COM courses as required.
    *** Educational concepts will be introduced and developed in TED courses as required.
    ^ Law concepts will be introduced and developed in POL courses as required.

    Minors

    Minors

    View the Academic Catalog-Colleges of Arts and Sciences Minors to see course descriptions for History, Political Science, and/or Social Studies Minors.



    History Minor

    College of Arts and Sciences

    For information contact Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

    he study of history enables students to gain an understanding of human motivation and action, as well as to acquire valuable skills. The history minor may be taken in conjunction with any degree program to broaden one’s perspective, develop critical judgement, cultivate the ability to reason, and foster intellectual growth.

    Course Sequence


    • Any two (2) HIS 100-200 level courses
    • Any two (2) HIS 300-400 level courses
    • Any two (2) additional history courses of any level

    Total 18 Credits



    Political Science Minor

    College of Arts and Sciences

    For information contact Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

    The political science minor offers students interested in law, politics, or government a useful foundation in these areas. The minor, which may be taken in conjunction with any major, will broaden political understanding and enhance the ability to interpret the significance of political events and to analyze the dynamics of political processes.

    Political Systems Course


    Choose one:

    Total 21 Credits


    Public History Minor

    For information contact Jennifer Black, PhD, and Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

    The public history minor offers students interested in non-profit agencies and historical work outside higher education a useful foundation for a variety of professional paths. The minor will introduce the principles and methods of public history and will guide students through practical experience in the field. The public history minor is open to all majors, except those majoring in history.

    Requirements for Minor (21 credits total)



    Social Studies Minor

    College of Arts and Sciences

    For information contact Christopher A. Stevens, PhD

    The minor in social studies is intended to enrich and broaden the student’s understanding of the world in which we live. It can be taken in conjunction with any degree program with the intent to foster critical judgement, cultivate the ability to reason, and develop an ability to understand social scientific methods of analysis.

    Course Sequence


    Total 18 Credits

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