Selected Educational Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts program with a major in history has numerous desired outcomes. Examples of the outcomes include the following:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major political developments in history.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major social developments in history.
  3. Students will communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in critical analysis and historical interpretation.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. As a matter of established departmental policy, all upper division courses require written work in the form of essays, research papers, and other similar projects that help determine progress in written communication skills, analytical and interpretive skills, and mastery of course content.
  2. Senior Seminar is designed to measure student progress in the program in the mastery of effective oral and written communication, the acquisition of skills in critical analysis and historical interpretation, and the ability to make effective use of library resources and computer and information technology.
  3. When such information is available, the department will use as an assessment tool the results of University-wide collection of data that relate to the major and to History Department graduates.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in History

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A - E* (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Core Area F 1
Foreign Language and Culture 26
HIST 2111United States History to 18653
or HIST 2112 United States History since 1865
HIST 1011History of Civilization I (if taken in Area E, then elective from list below)0-3
HIST 1012History of Civilization II (if taken in Area E, then elective from list below)0-3
HIST 1013History of Civilization III (if taken in Area E, then elective from list below)0-3
Electives0-6
Acceptable electives for Area E:
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Microcomputers and Applications
Survey of Economics
Introduction to Human Geography
World Regional Geography
Geographic Perspectives on Multiculturalism in the U.S.
Statistical Methods
Fundamentals of Philosophy
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Global Issues
Current Issues in American Politics
Introduction to General Psychology
World Religions
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Social Problems
Senior College Curriculum60
HIST 3000Study of History3
Upper division courses in History 24
Courses numbered above 3000, including at least one each in:
a. European or British History
b. United States History
c. Latin American, African, Middle Eastern, or Asian History
d. Additional course from categories (a) or (c), above
HIST 4950Senior Seminar3
Foreign Language and Culture (if not taken in Area C)0-3
Minor or Electives27-30
Must include at least six (6) semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above in a single discipline outside the history major.
Total hours required for the degree120
1

All courses with the HIST prefix taken in Areas E and F must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

2

Only two of three required courses in a single foreign language can be taken in Area F. The third course must be taken in Area C or as part of the Senior College Curriculum.