Requirements for the History Major
The History major at Monmouth College moves from entry-level primary-source courses (how history is constructed), to courses focused on secondary sources (how historians interpret those courses), to research courses (applying the skills learned in previous courses), and finally surveys emphasizing synthesis.Our desire is to prepare you for engagement with the world after graduation by introducing and refining the skills and knowledge historians can use in virtually any professional or vocational pursuit.
A History major requires a minimum of eight-and-a-half course credits, with two mutually reinforcing distribution requirements.First, majors must take 2 course credits at the 100 level, 2 at the 200 level, 1 at the 300 level and 1 at the 400 level, plus courses totaling at least 2 full credits at any level.Second, majors are required to take at least 1 course credit each in U.S. (HIST x10), Europe (HIST x30), and World (HIST x20) or Comparative (HIST x40) areas, plus 5 full credits in any area or areas.In addition, all majors are required to take one half-credit HIST 200: Historiography course.
History course levels correspond to the practice of specific skills.All 100-level courses are exclusively primary-source based while the 200-level courses use secondary sources to explore narrowly defined topics through the eyes of historians and other scholars.At the 300 level students apply the skills learned in their 100- and 200-level courses by researching and writing about a carefully defined topic.The 400-level courses are survey courses in which students gain an appreciation for a broad sweep of history. Course titles will change every year, but the skills addressed will remain the same.
Requirements for the History Minor
United States history
At least one course credit each at the 100 and 200 levels, in any geographical area
Electives to reach the required total of 4 course credits.
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