History Program

Am I a good candidate for the History major at West Liberty?
If you are driven to understand how the world works, how it came to its present situation, and more importantly how to take the lessons of the past and apply them towards solving the problems of the future, then a degree in history might be for you.  You will be required to read a variety of styles of literature, work hard, question authority, and learn how to think for yourself rather than simply repeating the information of the past.  Historical scholarship requires self-discipline and a dedication to “reading between the lines” in order to uncover the hidden meaning behind authors’ intentions.  Furthermore, an eye for detail, a creative mind, and a desire to understand the results of human interaction are keys to success in history.

Program Requirements
There are no entry requirements to join the History degree program here at West Liberty University.  However, every student must successfully finish a capstone research course before the degree will be conferred.  This course entails the completion of a journal length research article and presentation of this paper before a faculty committee.

Depending upon each student’s area of interest, prospective History degree seekers will work individually with the faculty members whose research areas intersect those of the student.  This individual attention by the faculty permits greater guidance and support in an effort to meet the professional standards of the discipline of History.

Students must also have an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher in all of their completed courses.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

I. General Studies …………………………63 or 48

II. Required Courses………………………………26
GEO 205 Introduction to Geography
GEO 206 World Regional Geography
HIST 104 History of Civilization II
HIST 211 United States History Since 1876
POLS 101 Basic Concepts in Politics and Government
POLS 201 American Government
SOC 150 Basic Concepts of Sociology
SS 101 Portfolio
SS 480 Social Science Capstone
One upper-level social science course in discipline other than major

III. History……………………………………..27
HIST 103 World Civilization I
HIST 210 U.S. History I

IV. U.S. History Upper-level Electives………6

V. European History Upper-level Electives..6

VI. Non-Western/Global History Upper-level Electives…….……………6

VII. Upper-level History…………………….3

VII. Electives to total 120 Semester Hours

 

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)