History


Bachelor of Arts in History

Core Courses 18 cr.
HIS 103 Introduction to and the Ethics of the Historical Profession (L) 3 cr.
HIS 400 History in the Public Realm (I)
– OR
HIS 401 The Living History Experience (I)
3 cr.
HIS 451 Thesis I (T) 3 cr.
HIS 452 Thesis II (T) 3 cr.


Areas of Concentration - 30 Hours
Each major will select on area of concentration from the following list for successful completion of the major in consultation with a faculty advisor. Freshmen are required to select the area of concentration by completion of second semester and transfer students are required to select the area of concentration by completion of first semester of enrollment.

  • European/Classical
  • United States
  • Applied History with New Media


The European/Classical and United States concentrations consist of fourteen courses, distributed as follows:

  • A primary area of concentration, selected from the above list, in which five courses are taken.
    No more than five courses in any region will count toward the major.
  • One intermediate seminar (250-299 level) within the area of concentration. The intermediate seminar will be taken at Park University, preferably by the conclusion of the sophomore year (incoming freshmen) or by the conclusion of the first semester for transfer students.
  • Two non-seminar courses taken from outside the area of concentration at the 200-249 level.
  • One upper level (300-399 level) seminar within the area of concentration.
  • One upper level (300-399 level) seminar outside the area of concentration.
  • No more than two courses numbered below 200 can be counted toward the major, except HIS 103. These must be taken prior to the junior year for incoming freshmen or by the conclusion of the first semester for transfer students.
  • One course HIS 103: Introduction to and the Ethics of the Historical Profession.
  • One course HIS 400: History in the Public Realm.
  • Two thesis courses HIS 451: Thesis I and HIS 452: Thesis II
  • Students must obtain a minimum course grade of “C” to receive credit toward the major.


The interdisciplinary concentration of Applied History (historic preservation, museum studies and/or archives) with New Media consists of fourteen courses, distributed as follows:

  • A primary area of concentration, selected from European/Classical or United States, in which five courses are taken. No more than five courses will count toward the major.
  • One course AR 218: Graphic Design Software
  • One course CA 241: Photography I
  • One course EN 341: Literature and Film
  • One course GGP 330: Cartography
  • One course GGP 350: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • One course HIS 103: Introduction to the Ethics of the Historical Profession
  • One course HIS 400: History in the Public Realm
  • Two thesis courses HIS 451: Thesis I and HIS 452: Thesis II
  • Students must obtain a minimum course grade of “C” to receive credit toward the major.


Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination

All Majors must pass a two-hour oral examination covering the required curriculum and students’ historical concentration. The examination should be taken during the final semester prior to graduation. This permits for retake of the examination during the student’s last semester in case of failure. The examination board will be composed of three members including the department chair, students’ history advisor, one faculty member selected by the student, the Program Coordinator for History, and /or one faculty member selected by the students’ history advisor. If for some reason there is a doubling of responsibilities of any member, the student will select an alternative faculty member. Students may only retake the oral examination once. The examination is based on a “Pass” or “Fail” grading system. (Offered each fall and spring semester only.) *Prerequisite: Completion of HIS 103, HIS 400, HIS 451, HIS 452, fifteen credit hours in concentration, and a minimum of 90 credit hours.

Senior Written Comprehensive Examination
Students must pass a comprehensive written examination covering the required curriculum and students’ historical concentrations, with a pass percentage of 70 or higher in order to graduate. A student may take the written examination only twice. The examination should be taken during the final semester prior to graduation. The written examination will be graded by three full-time faculty members. Each member’s numerical score will be added together and divided by three to compose the pass percentage. (Offered each fall and spring semester only.) *Prerequisite: Completion of HIS 103, HIS 400, HIS 451, HIS 452, fifteen credit hours in concentration, and a minimum of 90 credit hours.

Seniors are required to pass both the Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination and the Senior Written Comprehensive Examination in order to graduate. The Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination and Senior Written Comprehensive Examination are not required for students minoring in history.

Language Requirement
Each Major is required to complete eight credit hours of a reading and speaking knowledge of a language other than English.