Bachelor’s Degree in History & American Studies

  • Overview

    History and American Studies majors are well-rounded, well-informed students ready to pursue a variety of graduate programs and careers in education, law, research, politics, non-profit service organizations, and communications.

    This unique, multi-disciplinary program focuses on American history and culture. In addition to completing a number of history courses, students broaden and enhance their study of American culture and history through the pursuit of interdisciplinary course work.

    Georgetown University study, which analyzed 137 college majors from universities across the country, ranked “history” the 18th most popular major in the United States.

    Also, data from the National Center for Education Statistics places history at no. 21 on its list of the most popular 200 majors at U.S. colleges and universities.

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  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies

    Liberal Education Core Requirements49 credit hours
    History Core Courses18 credit hours
    History Elective Courses9-10 credit hours
    American Studies Core Courses9 credit hours
    General Electives
    34-35 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in History and American Studies120 credit hours

     

    History Core Courses
    18 credit hours
    HIS 103: World Civilizations I
    HIS 104: World Civilizations II
    HIS 200: Pre-Columbian and Colonial American History: Multicultural from the Start
    HIS 201: The United States to 1865: “Becoming American”
    HIS 202: U.S. Since 1865: Myth, Memory, and History
    HIS 470: Senior Thesis: Researching and Writing History
    History Elective Courses
     9-10 credit hours
    Complete three (3) courses, with at least one from each category
    Advanced Studies:
    HIS 348: History of the U.S. South Since 1865
    HIS 349: Slav
    ery, Abolitionism, and the Civil War
    HIS 355: U.S. Women’s History Since Seneca Falls
    Applied Studies:
    HIS 270: Backyard Explorers: Local Museums, Historical Sites, and Archives
    HIS 370: Our stories, Our History: Conducting Oral History
    HIS 390: Drum Majors for Justice: Examining and Practicing Engaged Citizenship
    ANT 450: Archaeological Field School

     

    American Studies Core Courses
    9 credit hours
    Complete three (3) courses, two (2) of which must be at the 300 level or above
    ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations
    ENG 216: Writing About American Literature After 1700
    ENG 252: Writing About African-American Literature
    ENG 419: American Drama
    ENG 454: Southern American Literature
    ENG 456: The American Novel
    ESS 210: History of American Sport
    PSC 201: American Government
    PSC 202: State and Local Government
    PSC 370: American Constitutional Law
    PSY 344: Psychology of the Black Experience
    REL 202: Religion in America
    REL 302: Religion in the American South
    SPA 205: Hispanic Voices in the U.S.
    THE 225: Arts in Society
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre

     

    Minor

    Minor in History and American Studies
    18-19 credit hours
    Required courses: Choose four (4) from the following: 12 credit hours
    HIS 103: World Civilizations I
    HIS 104: Wolrd Civilizations II
    HIS 200: Pre-Columbian and Colonial American History: Multicultural from the Start
    HIS 201: The United States to 1865: “Becoming American”
    HIS 202: US Since 1865: Myth, Memory, and History
    History Electives (Choose one):3-4 credit hours
    HIS 270: Backyard Explorers: Local Museums, Historical Sites, and Archives
    HIS 348: History of the US South since 1865
    HIS 349: Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Civil War
    HIS 355: US Women’s History since Seneca Falls
    HIS 370: Our Stories, Our History: Conducting Oral History
    HIS 390: Drum Majors for Justice: Examining and Practicing Engaged Citizenship
    ANT 450: Archaeological Field School
    American Studies Electives (Choose one):3 credit hours
    ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations
    ENG 216: Writing About American Literature After 1700
    ENG 252: Writing About African-American Literature
    ENG 419: American Drama
    ENG 454: Southern American Literature
    ENG 456: The American Novel
    ESS 210: History of American Sport
    PSC 201: American Government
    PSC 202: State and Local Government
    PSC 370: American Constitutional Law
    PSY 344: Psychology of the Black Experience
    REL 202: Religion in America
    REL 302: Religion in the American South
    SPA 205: Hispanic Voices in the U.S.
    THE 225: Arts in Society
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre
  • Faculty
    Beth Kusko, WPU Professor.
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Director for Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre-Law
    Katie Otis, WPU professor.
    Program Director of History; Assistant Professor of History
    Vinnie Melomo, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair of Culture, History, and Politics
  • Careers

    The American Historical Society provides a long and detailed descriptions of career opportunities open to history majors.

    Discover History & American Studies Careers

    Other career opportunities include:
    • Professor
    • Teacher
    • Lawyer
    • Paralegal
    • Museum Director
    • Park Ranger
    • Foundation Director
    • Manuscripts and Archives Librarian
    • Digital Archivist
    • Photograph Archivist
    • Book Editor
    • Journalist
    • Grant Writer
    • Speech Writer
    • Campaign Staffer
    • Congressional Aid
    • Public Policy Analyst
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