History

A degree in History is the key to critical, independent thinking -- leading you to careers in education, law, government and more. At RWU, our students learn how to interpret the past so they can better understand the present and intelligently anticipate the future. Through the Great Cities Program, you’ll also have the opportunity to deepen your study of history and culture by traveling the world.

Degree Requirements

The History Major

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The study of history increases our capacity to think critically and to form independent judgments. Examination of various ages and cultures helps students understand the present world and intelligently anticipate the future.

The History Department encourages its majors to involve themselves in off-campus programs of study and internships, particularly the Department’s Great Cities Program, which gives students the opportunity to experience directly and to enjoy the history and culture of some of the great cities of the world, such as London, Paris, Dublin, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Quebec City, and Mexico City.

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The History/Secondary Education Dual Major

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Majors pursuing a dual major in History and secondary education must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, and the College speech requirement, COMM 210, all secondary education requirements, and the following 14 courses as specified and sufficient electives to total 120 credits.

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To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Use and interpret a variety of sources, including:
    a. primary documents
    b. secondary monographs and scholarly articles
    c. maps, graphs, and charts
    d. visual media, including photographs, film, and video recordings
    e. cultural artifacts
  2. Think abstractly and theoretically about history, such as
    a. understanding the difference between “history” as a disciplinary activity and “the past” as a collection of events
    b. recognizing evolution and change as central to historical studies
    c. recognizing that there are competing theories of history
    d. accepting the possible validity of multiple points of view
  3. Undertake historical research, including:
    a. defining a topic appropriate to the nature of the assignment
    b. locating appropriate resources
    c. assessing the value of information
    d. placing collected information in an appropriate context
    e. extracting ideas from resources objectively and fairly
  4. Present and defend interpretations in a variety of ways, including:
    a. demonstrating respect for their own ideas through the quality of the work they present
    b. writing coherent essays of various lengths
    c. documenting work appropriately and consistently
    d. speaking with clarity about their work in formal and/or informal venues
  5. Demonstrate historical literacy for a specific historic period, including:
    a. constructing valid chronologies for events or movements
    b. using causation and casual chains to explain events
    c. recognizing significant events and personalities
    d. incorporating the concerns of marginalized and minority groups