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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Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in history must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, students must successfully complete the 14 courses listed below and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

SubjectNumberTitle
HIST101History of Western Civilization I
HIST102History of Western Civilization II
HIST151United States History I
HIST152United States History II
HIST203Dimensions of History and Lab

History Electives:

Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in European History

Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in U.S. History

Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in African, Asian and/ or Latin American History

Two Upper Level (300 or above) History courses

and

SubjectNumberTitle
HIST420Senior Seminar

Note: Upper-level American Studies courses may be used to satisfy United States History degree requirements.

The History Minor

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Any three of the following courses:

SubjectNumberTitle
HIST101History of Western Civilization I
HIST102History of Western Civilization II
HIST151United States History I
HIST152United States History II

and three History electives at the 250-level or above.

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.

SubjectNumberTitle
HIST101History of Western Civilization I
HIST102History of Western Civilization II
HIST151United States History I
HIST152United States History II
HIST203Dimensions of History and Lab

History Electives:

Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in European History

Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in U.S. History

Two Upper Level (300 or above) courses in African, Asian and/ or Latin American History

Two Upper Level (300 or above) History courses

and

SubjectNumberTitle
HIST420Senior Seminar

Note: Upper-level American Studies courses may be used to satisfy United States History degree requirements.

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