Jun 16, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, B.S.


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History


Chairperson
   

Ben Lieberman

 
 
Professors
Associate Professors
 
Laura Baker Katherine Jewell  
Christine Dee Joseph R. Wachtel  
Sean Goodlett    
Benjamin Lieberman    
René Reeves    
Daniel Sarefield    
Teresa Fava Thomas    

Objectives for the Program in History

The History program offers a variety of courses to all students.  It provides a strong foundation in European, World and United States history.

The program offers a major and minor in history, as well as provisional certification for teaching history.

Student Learning Outcomes

Historical Knowledge

Graduates with a baccalaureate in history should understand the diversity of human experience in the past, as well as the nature of the historical enterprise. Specifically, you should demonstrate that you can explain the historical development and significance of important events, institutions, and ideas in United States and world history and apply different approaches to and methods of historical study.

Historical Reasoning and Research

Graduates with a baccalaureate in history should understand the nature of historical interpretation, the variety of historical sources, and the structure of historical arguments. Specifically, you should demonstrate that you can pose a significant research question about history; locate, explain, evaluate, and utilize information from and about the past to answer a research question; interpret a variety of primary sources, evaluate secondary sources, and utilize both types of sources to support a historical argument.

Communication

Graduates with a baccalaureate in history should be able to demonstrate that they are critical readers and writers of history. Specifically, you should demonstrate that you have mastered the written and oral forms of communication appropriate to history, such as the critical review, analytical summaries of historical events and arguments, and the research paper.

Through each of these three areas, students taking history courses obtain training in problem solving through the analysis of data and literary and artistic evidence to put forth and evaluate arguments, practice effective skills of communication in expressing ideas, obtain knowledge of citizenship at the local, national and global levels, confront ethical issues in historical reasoning and research, and understand context that produces artistic works.

Requirements for the Major in History

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in History require 36 hours of course work. BA and BS candidates in History must have a minor in another discipline. BA and BS candidates for History with Initial Teacher Licensure are not required to have a minor in another discipline.

Required Courses


Take the following courses:


Additional Requirements


  • Fifteen semester hours of History electives
  • All History majors must take either MATH 1200  or MATH 1700  as a mathematics requirement.
  • The Bachelor of Arts also requires foreign language proficiency at the intermediate level
  • History majors are required to take two courses in Political Science. (Civic Learning)

Note:


* Computer Literacy and Speaking/Listening Requirement

** Reading Historical Landscapes is suggested to be taken prior to Constructing History.

Required General Education Courses


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