History

What is a B.A./B.S. in History?
History is a major within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences that permits study in nearly all aspects of human life and interaction.  One of the benefits of a History degree is that it intersects all other fields of academic inquiry.  While investigating the evolution of human interaction, students learn about war, economics, politics, gender, culture, geography, sociology, science, and many more other areas since each of them have a unique history of there own.  Our faculty has diverse areas of expertise whether it is a geographic interest in the Americas, Europe, Africa, or the Far East, or a temporal interest in the Medieval, Early Modern, or Modern Ages.  A degree in history is not just about memorizing dates and places either.  By analyzing historical documents in order to come to a greater understanding regarding the interpretation of previous events, students develop a broad range of skills that translate into real world success due to the versatile nature of the field’s strengths.  Developing a proficiency in critical thinking/analysis, communication, writing, and technology assists students both professionally and personally as they navigate their way through the myriad of choices available in modern life.

Dr. Darrin Cox Viking History Class sized

Highlights of the History degree program at West Liberty University
Diverse Faculty – West Liberty maintains a faculty with diverse research interests who stay current with recent scholarship.  American, European, and Global studies are all components of the curriculum.

Curriculum Flexibility – The list of required courses for a History degree is minimal.  This permits students greater opportunity to craft the degree they want by focusing on historical topics related to their specific interests.

Phi Alpha Theta – The Sigma Psi chapter of the national history honor society here at West Liberty provides numerous opportunities for students of history.  Phi Alpha Theta holds a multitude of conferences and has a plethora of awards/scholarships available to its members.

History Club –The social aspects of the History Club involve promoting a broad range of interest in history by hosting movie nights, historically based game nights, and field trips to areas of historical interest.  Educationally, students can engage in material history, learning not only what clothing, arms, and armor the people of history had, but also how to make these items themselves and then take this information into the community.

Individual attention – Many of our classes, especially the upper level ones, enroll less than 10 people per class.  This allows the opportunity to have one on one instruction directly with the faculty.

Further Information:
History Program
History Careers

For more information, contact Dr. Owens (US History), Dr. Reigel (Non-Western/World History), Dr. Cox (Ancient/European History) or Ms. Czernek (US & Ancient History)