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History B.A.

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History, B.A.

Overview

Overview

To fulfill the requirements for a bachelor of arts in history, students must complete the following history courses: 103 or 111, 203, 204, 211, 323, 326, 327, 328, 450 and a three-credit hour senior research project; three courses selected from 309, 313, 325, 329, 343, 344, 350 or another non-North American history course; two courses from 320, 330, 336, 341 or another North-American history course; and a minimum three-credit hour internship is also required.

Twelve credits must be completed in a related field or structured minor. Related fields include social sciences (political science, sociology, psychology) and Spanish. Structured minors include accounting, English, management, computer science, philosophy and psychology.

Students within the department must maintain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. in courses taken at D’Youville in their major subject area.

A core requirement history course must be taken before any 300- level history course, unless the individual has a B average in high school social science.

Courses

Course Requirements

History
Degree: B.A.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS

One elective from HIS 103 or HIS 111

Choose one elective from HIS 103 or HIS 111
3
HIS 203

American Economic Social History to 1865

This is a course that examines the economic, social and cultural events that shaped American history from colonial times to 1865. Attention is given to race relations and problems of minority groups. This course meets the core requirement in history.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 204

American Econ Social History Since 1865

This is a course that examines the economic, social and cultural events that have shaped American history from 1865 to the present. Attention is given to race relations and problems of minority groups. (This course meets the core requirement in history.)
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 211

History of Contemporary Foreign Policy

The basis of American foreign policy in the 20th century is examined in this course. It focuses on recent relations with other major industrial powers and on relations with a selected area of the developing world.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 323

Founding the American Republic 1763-1800

This course is a study of events leading to the American Revolution and independence and a consideration of the implementation of the Constitution and the evolution of the two-party system.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 326

Civil War and Reconstruction

This course is a study of the forces shaping American life through the outbreak of the Civil War through the Reconstruction and the development ofthe postwar period. Emphasis is placed on the problems of slavery and race relations. Offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 327

Twentieth Century America

This study of the United States in the 20th century considers such topics as the Progressive Era, Imperialism, World War I, the "Roaring Twenties," the Great depression and World War II. Focus is placed on the problems of urbanization and of African Americans. Offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 450

Senior Research Project

This course requires students to investigate and write a significant historical paper on a topic of their choice (usually in local history). The research for the paper must include original or archival sources. Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credit hours; Offered in the spring semester.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: 24 credits is history.

3

Group 1: History electives chosen from: 9

Course Number Course Name Credits
GLS 101

Global Culture I Gov Tech Social Thought

This course offers analysis of political philosophies and governments in the modern world and promotes cross-cultural understanding: reviews racial, ethnic and sexual issues from a minority-majority perspective; and deals with issues of discrimination and oppression. The course will cover world history leading up to the current diffusion of population and the emergence of modern forms of communication and transportation that appropriate areas of inquiry for students in a professional program.

Prequisites: None

3
HIS 309

History of the Far East

This course studies Far Eastern civilization and focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis is placed on China and Japan.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 325

Modern World Revolutions

This course comparatively studies the great revolutions of modern times in 18thcentury England, 18th century America and France, and 20th century Russia and China. Offered in the spring semester, every three years beginning in 2003.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 329

Twentieth Century Europe

This course is designed to deepen knowledge of the political developments of the period by a systematic study of the major events affecting 20th century Europe. Offered in the fall semester, every three years, beginning in 2001.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 343

Russia the West and Change

Beginning with Peter the Great, the course examines how Russia has attempted to keep up with Western technological and social development. Particular attention is given to the way communism structured this attempt since the Russian Revolution. Offered in the fall semester, every three years, beginning in 2002.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 344

History of Ireland

A broad introduction to Irish history from the Stone Age to the late 20th century economic boom. Included is a two-week extensive historical tour of Ireland.

Prequisites: None

3
HIS 350

Islam and Africa

This course examines the basic social and cultural implications of Islam, traces the initial impact in northern and tropical Africa and examines how Islamic factors have reasserted themselves after Western intervention in these areas. Offered in the spring semester, every three years, beginning in 2009.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
*HIS 420

Variable Topics in History

This variable topic seminar deals with selected themes or topics that are announced when the course is offered. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3

Group 2: History electives chosen from: 6

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS 320

History of New York State

This course is a study of the historical development of New York from 1609 to the present. Special note is made of the role of Western New York in the state's history. Offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 330

History of Constitutional Law

This course will develop an understanding of the legal system of the United States through the study constitutional history and the U.S. court system. Offered in the spring semester of odd-numbered years.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
HIS 336

American Environmental History

This course examines the major themes and issues in American environmental history, focusing on the changing attitudes and behavior towards nature in the transition from rural agricultural to an urban industrial society that profoundly transformed the physical and cultural landscapes. Offered every third semester

Prequisites: None

3
HIS 341

Canada in Transition

This course provides students with a thematic approach to the historical, cultural, political, social and economic development of America’s closest foreign ally and major trading partner. Through the examination of Canadian colonial development, political evolution, cultural formation and economic diversification, students analyze a nation that is similar to the U.S. and yet quite unique. By studying Canadian policy toward native North Americans, students see how and why such a policy took a radically different approach from that followed in the U.S. This approach of comparison and contrast will be utilized throughout the course. Offered in the fall semester every three years.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
*HIS 420

Variable Topics in History

This variable topic seminar deals with selected themes or topics that are announced when the course is offered. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3
HIS 444

Internship

The history internship is a variable credit (3-12 hours) required course that encourage juniors/seniors to investigate a career through a placement in a professional setting or in the development of future projects (graduate study). This allows students to work under the guidance of an immediate supervisor and/or a college faculty sponsor.
3-12
In other academic areas required for the major:

Related field in one of the following: 12
(Overlap with core depends on field selected)

Social Sciences

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Pre-Law
  • Spanish or other foreign language
  • Religious Studies

Structured Minor (One)

  • Accounting
  • English
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics and Computer Science

*Course HIS 420 can be substituted for a variable topics course on a North American theme.

Major: 57
Core requirements and electives: 63
Total: 120

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

Applicants must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Combined SAT scores of at least 900 (or ACT equivalent score of 18)
  2. A high school average of at least 80 percent
  3. A high school rank in the upper half of the class

Transfer Admission

Students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.33. Transfer credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis to assess adaptability to curriculum requirements.

Each student accepted into the program must submit a letter of intent prior to course registration.

Department

Liberal Arts Department

A student seeking to become a liberally educated person needs exposure, in breadth and in depth, to the humanities and the social sciences.

These studies, concerned not merely with information but with values, help the student’s development as a total person. This implies not only intellectual and social development, but also maturity in assessing the values essential to a sound philosophy of life. The department of liberal arts offers degrees in English, global studies, history, liberal studies for education, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Requirements for these programs are listed in the courses of instruction section of this catalog. Courses are also offered in foreign languages, fine arts and religious studies.

Students within the department must maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average in courses taken at D’Youville in their major subject area.