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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, 111, 203, and 204; two courses in U.S. history; one course in European history; one non-Western history course; five history courses above HIS 204 or in a related field as recommended by the student’s advisor to fulfill a concentration focused on a geographical region, time period, or theme; three-credit hour senior research project and a minimum three-credit hour internship are also required.

Twelve credits must be completed in a related field (e.g., political science) or a structured minor (any discipline).

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:

Four courses from the History Core:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS 103

Comparing World Civilizations

This course surveys the origins and growth of the Confucian, Islamic and Western worlds, and examines how a concentration of political and economic ideas and technologies allowed temporary Western dominance. This course meets the core requirement in history.

Prerequisites: None

3
HIS 111

Growth of Western Culture

This course is a survey of the development of Western culture as divided into seven major epochs: Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the 19th century and the 20th century. This course meets the core requirement in history.

Prerequisites: None

3
HIS 203

American History to 1865

This course examines American history from colonial times to 1865, with attention to the diversity of experiences among peoples during this period. This course meets the core requirement in history.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3
HIS 204

American History Since 1865

This course examines the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States and its diverse peoples from 1865 to the present. This course meets the core requirement in history.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3
Total 12

Two United States History Courses: 6

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS

Any courses in US history except HIS 203 and HIS 204 fulfill the requirement

 Any courses in US history except HIS 203 and HIS 204 fulfill the requirement
6
Total 6

Two Non-United States History Courses: 6

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS

One course must be in European history and one must be non-Western history to fulfill the requirement. HIS 103 and HIS 111 do not fulfill this requirement.

 One course must be in European history and one must be non-Western history to fulfill the requirement. HIS 103 and HIS 111 do not fulfill this requirement.
6
Total 6

Five Upper-Division History Courses (Concentration): 15

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS

Concentration in a US or Non-US history track may be focused on geographical region, time period, or theme in consultation with a History Department advisor.

  Concentration in a US or Non-US history track may be focused on geographical region, time period, or theme in consultation with a History Department advisor.
15
Total 15
Course Number Course Name Credits
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.

Prerequisites: None

3
HIS-450

Capstone Course/Senior Thesis

Capstone Course/Senior Thesis
3
Total 6
 
In other academic areas required for the major:

Related field in one of the following: 12
Structured Minor

  • Any discipline

Related Field

  • Economics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Political Science

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 980 (or ACT equivalent score of 19)
  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.