Professor Register, Chair
Associate Professor Mansker
Associate Professor Levine
Assistant Professor Whitmer
Assistant Professor Roberts
Assistant Professor Mitchell
Distinguished Visiting Professor Meacham
Visiting Assistant Professor Meola
Major in History:
Students who choose history as a major must pass at least 10 courses in the department beyond the 100 level. A member of the history faculty assigned as the student's advisor will help the student plan a coherent program of study.
Required of all majors:
1) a GPA no lower than 2.00 in history courses;
2) one course in history with attribute G4 (Exploring Past and Present) or, in the alternative, AP or IB credit;
3) Successful completion of the department's two capstone courses, Junior Tutorial (Hist 352) and the Senior Research and Writing Seminar (Hist 452);
4) at least one course focused on the period before 1700;
5) at least one course focused on the period after 1700;
6) at least one course focused on an area outside Europe and the United States;
7) a grade of C or better on the Senior Research Paper;
8) a grade of C or better on the Comprehensive Examination which includes the Senior Research Paper and an oral presentation and defense of the Senior Research paper.
Required for Distinction on the Comprehensive Examination:
1) a grade of B+ or better on the Senior Research paper;
2) a grade of Distinction for the oral presentation and defense of the Senior Research paper.
Required for honors in history:
The Chair will invite students with an appropriate GPA in the major and a B+ or better on their Senior Research paper to apply for permission to write an Honors paper as an independent study in the Easter semester of their senior year. This application will include the agreement of an appropriate advisor and a statement of scope and intent for the Honors paper itself. Honors in history will be awarded to students who have:
1) a GPA no lower than 3.50 in history courses;
HISTORY DEPARTMENT CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
2) a grade of B+ or better on an Honors Research paper written under the direction of a history advisor.
: The junior tutorial provides a formal introduction to the study of history at an advanced level. The seminar interrogates the question: What do historians do? It does so by exploring three interrelated questions: a) What approaches or categories do historians employ to study the past? b) How do historians talk to each other? c) How do historians write history? These questions are investigated with reference to texts, both ancient and modern, chosen at the individual instructor’s discretion, that allow students to gain an appreciation for multiple categories of historical analysis (eg: gender-based, environmental, materialist, military, cultural); for the practice of historiography; for the multiple categories of source materials and the methods involved in selecting, processing, and evaluating historical evidence; and for the varied rhetorical or narrative styles of history writing. In addition, the seminar asks students to engage in a substantial amount of writing, on both individual and multiple texts. Students must pass the junior tutorial in order to be eligible for the senior seminar.
Senior Research and Writing Seminar
: The senior seminar, which is designated as writing-intensive, asks history majors to enter fully into the field of history by making a coherent, well-researched, and well-supported contribution to the field in the form of a substantial (7,500 word) research paper and bibliographical essay that a) advances a lucid argument, b) engages with a body, or several bodies, of historiography, and c) interrogates deeply a wide range of primary sources. The seminar will guide students towards this goal, through individual, group, and class work, by emphasizing the multiple steps required in such a serious undertaking. These steps include the articulation of a clear and effective research question, the gathering of secondary and primary sources, the choices and opportunities involved in different writing styles, and the necessity of multiple drafts, especially a formal rough draft that will be due two thirds of the way through the semester. The seminar instructor will provide substantial assistance to students at every step of the research and writing process, including extensive comments on the rough draft.
Students will need a grade of C or better on their senior research paper to be eligible to undertake an oral presentation and defense. In awarding a grade lower than C, the seminar instructor will consult with at least one other member of the history department. Such students will be given a specific set of recommendations for revision. Once their papers have reached a C-level, they will be eligible for the oral presentation and defense. Each student will have the opportunity to present their paper in a condensed form to a panel of history department members, who will then engage the student in a question and answer period. The presentation and defense will be graded on a Pass/Fail/Distinction basis.
Minor in History:
To minor in history, students must pass any five courses above the 100 level, excluding Hist 352 (Junior Tutorial), the Senior Research Seminar (Hist 452), and Hist 440 (Honors Seminar). No comprehensive examination is required.