2014-2015 Academic Catalog (August 2014 - July 2015) 
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2014-2015 Academic Catalog (August 2014 - July 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History (BA)

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Understanding the development of civilizations in various times and places allows us to analyze and appreciate the modern milieu and its potential futures.  The study of history encompasses politics, economics, science and technology, culture and social relationships, perspectives, ideas, values, and attitudes.  A degree in the discipline will prepare a person for a broad range of careers and graduate training in the historical professions, in historical preservation, in education, law, the social sciences, business, and other professions.

The degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in history requires successful completion of 120 semesters hours, including (1) the Program of General Studies which must include six hours of one modern language; (2) courses within the history program OR the history of philosophy program as outlined below; and (3) a program of electives or a minor as worked out with the student's adviser.

Classroom, on line, distance, or television courses at institutions outside of the West Virginia state systems:  Approval of substitutions for major requirements must be with the consent of the Department of History and Philosophy.

Within the program, the following three sets of requirements must be met for the degree:

History Major Advanced Courses Requirements

At the discretion of the student, and in conjunction with advising by history faculty, eighteen hours of upper level (300s and 400s designation) history electives must be completed.  In addition, of the eighteen hours, at least three hours must be in American history, at least three hours must be in European history, and at least three hours must be in designated non-Western history courses.

Designated non-western history courses are:

History Major Senior Thesis

A capstone senior thesis course is required.  Such courses are always designated as 400 level.  One of the following courses will be offered during the spring semester of every academic year as the designated capstone course.  (Other 400 level courses may be offered during the academic year, but will not be designated as capstone courses and cannot be taken to fill the capstone requirement, unless extraordinary circumstances meet both instructor and departmental approval.)

History Courses Offered

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