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.
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.
a. The program will provide students with the knowledge necessary to synthesize information from the social sciences and apply it to their professional and personal lives.
b. The program will provide students with a depth and breadth of social science knowledge and the intellectual versatility for success in a variety of careers and for graduate education.
a. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically examine issues, events and conditions in oral and written communication.
b. Students will demonstrate the use appropriate social science concepts and terminology.
a. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and synthesize information from the social sciences in order to form accurate and nuanced understandings of issues, events and conditions at local, national and global scales.
b. The program will foster an informed and compassionate view of human diversity.
I. General Studies …………………………63 or 48
II. History Concentration………………………15 hours
HIST 103 World Civilization I
HIST 104 World Civilization II
HIST 210 History of U.S., till 1876
HIST 211 History of U.S., from 1876
HIST 300 Historical Studies
III. Upper-level Electives…………………….…18 hours
At least 6 upper-level electives in any historical field. Must have at least one from American, European, and non-Western Global. Three credit hours must be at the 400-level.
IV. Capstone…………………….3 hours
HIST 480 History Capstone Course
V. Additional Requirements
- All students must have a Minor Concentration
- Minimum grade of “C” required in ENG 101 and 102 and COM 101.
- Minimum of 120 cr required for graduation.
- At least 40 of these hours must be upper level (300 or 400).