History provides a course of study that enables students to develop basic skills in research, analysis, and critical thinking needed to adapt to the changing world. The study of history is a foundation of a liberal arts education because a basic knowledge of the past is essential for engaged participation in the present.
History is a broad and inclusive major, and historians increasingly use tools from other disciplines to make informed judgments about the past. The scope of history has expanded significantly within the last fifty years to include virtually every aspect of human experience. A history major learns to research, evaluate, and articulate ideas and information. The major is reading and writing intensive. Students learn to comprehend a reasoned argument and analyze its supporting evidence.
History majors work in a wide range of jobs both in the private and public sectors of the economy. Teaching on the secondary level is a common career path for history majors, but they are also well qualified for a number of professional programs. A history major or a history minor is a traditional background especially for students interested in law school, public administration, and MBA programs. At Methodist University, students with a specific interest in contemporary history, politics, international affairs and economics may decide to specialize in Global Studies, an interdisciplinary major housed in the History Department. Global Studies students take classes in history, political science, language, and business and economics. See the Global Studies Major page for more information.
Requirements for the major in History (B.A.)
36 s.h. in History including HIS 1030, 1040, 2010 or 2020, 2100 and 4550; an additional 21 s.h. in History at the 2000 level or above; and foreign language courses in one language through the 2020-level or demonstration of competence
Requirements for the major in History (B.S.)
36 s.h. in History including HIS 1030, 1040, 2010 or 2020, 2100 and 4550; an additional 21 s.h. in History at the 2000 level or above; MAT 2200; 3 s.h from the following: ECO 2610, 2620, SOC 1510, or PSC 1510
Requirements for the minor in History
18 s.h. in History at the 2000 level or above, including HIS 1030, 1040, 2100
Requirements for the A.A. concentration in History
18 s.h. in History at the 2000 level or above, including HIS 1030, 1040, 2100.