School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of History

Bachelor of Arts

Vivian Bruce Conger, Associate Professor and Chair

The goal of the Department of History is to make students aware of the deep origins and the interconnectedness of contemporary life. Such a perspective places the present in context and challenges our culture's emphasis on newness and the disconnectedness of events. It prepares students to understand and participate more knowingly in the contemporary world.

Our department emphasizes a close working relationship between faculty and students, and we are committed to small classes and individualized instruction. First-year survey classes are limited to 30 students. Upper-level class sizes range from 25 students down to 10 in our senior seminars, and even one-on-one tutorials with history faculty. History majors may also choose to complete independent studies and honors projects, both of which feature intensive collaboration with individual instructors. Our students have gone into a variety of professional and graduate careers, such as law, business, international business, governmental service, politics, radio-television, and performing arts, as well as archaeological and museum work. For students interested in careers in education, we offer a social studies with teaching option. This major leads to initial certification in the teaching of social studies at the secondary school level.

History, B.A.
Social Studies, B.A. with Teaching Option
Minor in History

Requirements for Honors in History

All history majors with at least a 3.3 GPA in the history major and a 3.0 GPA or better overall have the opportunity to graduate with honors in history. Before commencing an honors program in history, a candidate must have completed 21 hours of history courses. The candidate may complete the work for an honors project in level-3 or level-4 independent studies, but all honors candidates must take at least one level-4 seminar in addition to these independent studies. The candidate may receive a maximum of 6 credits for the honors project. If at any point the faculty sponsor deems the work insufficient for honors, the student will receive a grade for any independent studies completed but will not be eligible to pursue department honors. Honors candidates must adhere to the following process:

  1. The candidate will select a department member with expertise in the field to advise the student about the project and, in consultation with that adviser, will create a three-person committee to review the project.
  2. By April 15 of the year before graduation (November 30 for winter graduates) the candidate must apply for honors with a written proposal. The proposal should clearly describe the project and identify primary sources to be used. Committee members will signal their approval with their signatures on the form and the entire faculty of the history department will vote on the proposal and inform the student whether she or he may pursue departmental honors.
  3. The candidate will submit a complete draft of the project to the faculty sponsor by the end of the fourth week of his or her final semester, and a final draft of the project to the committee by the ninth week of the semester.
  4. The candidate will defend the project before the committee approximately one week after the submission of the final draft. The committee will then determine whether the project receives honors.

The completed honors project must fit the following criteria: it will be a 30-50 page scholarly article; it will illustrate an understanding of relevant historiography; it will demonstrate original analysis based on extensive research of secondary and primary sources; and it will use the Chicago Manual of Style citation style.

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement (AP) credit is accepted under the following conditions:

  1. A student must have an AP test score of 4 or higher to receive course-specific credit (i.e., HIST 11100, HIST 11200, HIST 18100, HIST 18200). If a student receives course-specific credit, he or she cannot also receive credit for taking the course.
  2. AP credit does not reduce the number of credits required by the major (including social studies with teaching option) or minor.

Recommendations

The Department of History strongly recommends that each history major, in consultation with his or her adviser, develop a course of study providing a balance between the various historical eras.

It also recommends that history majors take a minimum of three related courses in another humanities department (e.g., English, philosophy, art history) and three related courses in a social science department (e.g., economics, anthropology, politics) that serve to complement the student's historical studies and provide insights from another discipline.

The history department encourages its majors to declare a minor in another discipline as a means of broadening their historical understanding and general educational background.

Requirements for the Major in History -- B.A.

Credits in the department

History majors must complete a minimum of 39 credits (i.e., 13 courses) in history, including the following

Two courses of the survey of United States history (HIST 11100-HIST 11200)*

6

Two courses of the survey of Western civilization (HIST 10100-HIST 10200) or world civilization (HIST 18100-HIST 18200).* A sequential combination of Western civilization and world civilization (HIST 10100 and HIST 18200 or HIST 18100 and HIST 10200) may be substituted for this two-course sequence.

6

A minimum of two courses in European history at level 2 or above

6

A minimum of two courses in United States history at level 2 or above

6

A minimum of two courses in global history at level 2 or above

6

A minimum of three other history electives

9

Of the 27 history elective credits, 15 must be at level 3 or above; of these 15 credits, 6 credits must be either tutorials (HIST 49100, HIST 49200, HIST 49300) or seminars (HIST 48100, HIST 48200, HIST 48300).

* Under unusual circumstances and with the consent of the student's adviser and the department chair, appropriate substitutions for HIST 10100-HIST 10200, HIST 11100-HIST 11200, or HIST 18100-HIST 18200 may be made. Substitution is made only when the student demonstrates sufficient mastery of history to enter an upper-level course.

Total, credits in the department

39

Electives

Total, electives

81

Total, B.A. in history

120

No more than 3 credits at the grade of C- or below may be counted toward meeting the 39-credit requirement of the history major.

Note: Tutorials and seminars required in all history department programs must be taken at the Ithaca College campus.

Requirements for the Major in Social Studies -- B.A. with Teaching Option

Credits in the department

HIST 11100

United States History to 1865

3

HIST 11200

United States History since 1865

3

HIST 18100

World Civilization I

3

HIST 18200

World Civilization II

3

HIST 20300

Introductory Geography

3

 

A minimum of two courses in European history at level 2 or above

6

 

A minimum of two courses in United States history at level 2 or above

6

 

A minimum of two courses in global history at level 2 or above

6

 

A minimum of one open history elective

3

 

Of the seven history elective courses, four must be at level 3 or above; of these four courses, one must be either a tutorial or a seminar.

 
 

Total, credits in the history department

36

Credits from social science departments

ECON 12100

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 12200

Principles of Microeconomics

3

SOCI 10100

Introduction to Sociology

3

POLT 10100

U.S. Politics

3

ANTH 10400

Cultural Anthropology

3

 

Total, credits from social science departments

15

 

Total, history and social sciences

51

In addition to the social studies requirements listed above, social studies with teaching option majors must complete the following courses for certification.

Core education requirements

COMP 20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

EDUC 22900

Second-Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

EDUC 23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

PSYC 21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

3

EDUC 21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

2

EDUC 34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC 40810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC 40910

Pedagogy and Practice in the Teaching of Social Studies

3

EDUC 41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

3

EDUC 49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

EDUC 11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

EDUC 11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

 

Total, core education requirements

38

Additional core requirements

  • All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. Students may test out of this requirement by taking the language placement test and placing at level 2.
  • All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG 10600 or above.
  • All social studies teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 overall and in history courses. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the next review is completed.
  • No more than 3 credits at the grade of C- or below may be counted toward meeting the 36-credit requirement of the B.A. in social studies with teaching option.
  • Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 40810 and EDUC 41210 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  • To qualify for student teaching, students must have a 3.00 GPA in history courses and a 3.00 overall GPA.
  • EDUC 49810 Professional Semester in Education and EDUC 41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.
  • All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills (written), and the content area exam.
  • The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Electives

31

Total, B.A. in social studies with teaching option

120

Requirements for the Minor in History

The Department of History offers a minor requiring the completion of 21 credits in history, of which three courses, including one tutorial or seminar, must be level 3 or above. Students who wish to earn a minor in history must fill out and submit a registration form. The chair will assign the student to a history adviser who will coordinate his or her advising with the student's major adviser.