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Bachelor of Arts inHistory

Majoring in History involves the study of how to interpret objects and written documents from the past. How can studying the past help us make sense of the present? How has child rearing changed across cultures throughout time? How is archival research conducted? You’ll learn to think critically, understand differing interpretations and viewpoints and become a better citizen as you take 44 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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History Curriculum Overview

The study of History at Concordia University is not only about the past, it is also about the present and the future. A student in this program will learn to think critically about change over time and how contemporary society has been shaped by all those who came before. The program stresses both global and community education. The program offers students the global knowledge they will need to compete in the 21st century. At the same time, students can experience and witness local history first-hand. The History major will allow students to develop skills in both research and content knowledge. The program offers courses that focus on the entire globe. Students get a mix of political, social, economic, and diplomatic history. The major requires a senior research project, where students do an original research paper, as well as a senior readings course. The remaining classes are electives, with the stipulation that at least one of those courses has a global focus. History majors are also required to do an internship, which helps them prepare for their careers and the job market.

Required: 28 to 32 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
HIS - 212 Introduction to History 4
HIS - 231 USA to 1877 4
HIS - 233 USA since 1877 4
HIS - 267 Introduction to Latin America 4
HIS - 285 European History Since 1789 4
HIS - 401 Research & Writing in History 2
HIS - 487 Readings Seminar:Tpcs in Hist. 2
HIS - 498 History Internship 2

Students familiarize themselves with methods of inquiry in history and compare these with the methodologies of other disciplines. The course asks participants to raise relevant questions about the data, sources, and conclusions of the material they examine and to conduct their own inquiry through the completion of a self-designed project.

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This survey course traces American history from colonial times through Reconstruction. The course emphasizes a broad range of topics including: colonial settlement patterns, the growth of slavery, the Revolution, the development of nationalism, the Age of Jackson, Westward expansion, sectionalism, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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This survey course traces American history from Reconstruction to the present time. The course will begin by focusing on the nation's emergence as a world power and its failure to keep the promises it made in the 13th & 15th amendments. Students will also examine: America's various reform movements, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, the 1960s counterculture, Watergate, the oil and Iran hostage crises, the Reagan revolution, the Gulf War, the Clinton years, the 2000 election and the 9/11 attacks.

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An introduction to modern Latin America, with emphasis on the post-colonial era. Beginning with a discussion of the colonial heritage, the course traces the development of Latin America, its struggle with political instability and economic dependence and the role of the United States in hemispheric development. Primary focus is on Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.

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This comprehensive survey focuses on events and forces that have shaped European history since the French Revolution. The course will examine industrialization, the revolutions of 1848, socialism, the unification of Germany, European imperialism, the devastating world wars of the 20th century, as well as the Russian Revolution, National Socialism and the Holocaust, the Cold War standoff, and the birth and expansion of the European Community.

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This serves as the research and writing capstone course for History majors and minors. After reading other scholars' ideas and interpretations in various classes, students will now have the opportunity to research, analyze, and write their own original work of scholarship. Students will do original research projects using primary source materials (newspapers, oral history interviews, government documents, letters, diaries, etc.), rather than scholarly articles or books. Student can select their own topic, but must coordinate with an instructor. Assessment goals include sound research, adequate content and coverage of the subject, strong critical analysis of sources, and writing style.

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Readings/Research Seminar in History covering various, selected topics. This course will emphasize the use of scholarly and primary source materials; historiography and interpretation, archival research, and student participation. Recent readings-seminar topics include: America in the 1960s; the French Revolution and Napoleon, Minnesota History, and the Russian Revolution.

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Students participate in internships in state and local government agencies, archives, museums, and related fields of interest under supervision of staff members of the department of history.

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Required: 4 credits; (Global)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
HIS - 111 Western Civilization to 1648 4
HIS - 113 Western Civ. Since Reformation 4
HIS - 121 World History 4
HIS - 221 World Culture: Greece & Rome 4

Beginning with the Egyptian society, this course places major emphasis on the growth and progress of Western culture and civilization and European institutions. Topics include the Hellenistic world, Rome, medieval Europe, and the Renaissance.

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Beginning with the Reformation, this course places major emphasis on the growth and progress of Western culture and civilization and European institutions. Topics include the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Romanticism, and twentieth century totalitarianism. INT111 is not a prerequisite for this course.

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A comparative introduction to the development of cultures in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Topics include the age of exploration from a global perspective; the rise of the West; religious, economic and political revolutions; imperialism; changes in the patterns of everyday life. No prerequisites.

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This course studies the cultural history of ancient Greece and Rome with a focus on the interaction of diverse cultural elements which shape the metropolitan and cosmopolitan world culture of which we are heirs.

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Paul Hillmer Professor of History and Political Science, Faculty Senate Chairperson

Dr. Hillmer's research areas have been Southeast Asia, especially the Hmong hill tribes of Laos who became refugees and settled in America, and the history of the YMCA.

Dr. Thomas Saylor Professor of History

Dr. Saylor enjoys working with students in the departmental senior research and writing course, as it provides the opportunity to work hands on and individually with students.

Dr. David Woodard Director of the Faculty Scholarship Center, Term Faculty in History, Graduate School Faculty

David's drive to teach was derived from the knowledge that good citizenship requires a basic understanding of history and current events.

Career Potential

You’ll also have real opportunities beyond the classroom with travel, service-learning, History Club activities and internship experiences. And because we design our history program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career in research, teaching, public relations, the travel industry, library science, politics, public policy, law, journalism, advertising, archives and museums and related professions.

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Archives and Museums
  • Library Science
  • Travel Industry
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Advertising
  • Public Policy
  • Journalism

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