Bachelor of Arts
Richard Brown, Associate Professor and Chair
History is the study of the successes and failures of humanity. It is the study of the political, economic, philosophical, theological, diplomatic, sociological, scientific, and military activity of humanity and of individual men and women, from the dawn of civilization to the present. For this reason, the study of history is the best method by which to comprehend the complexities of the modern world. Thus, students who major in other disciplines find history an invaluable field in which to minor. Both history majors and history minors have gone into a variety of professional and graduate careers, such as law, business, international business, governmental service, politics, radio-television and performing arts, archaeological and museum work, teaching, and the helping professions.
Requirements for Honors in History
All students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in history. History majors must have at least a 3.50 GPA in the history major and a 3.00 GPA or better overall. They must also complete and defend an honors thesis. Non-history majors must have taken 21 credits of history with a GPA of at least 3.50, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.00. Students may enter this program in the junior year, but not later than the first two weeks of the senior year.
All honors candidates must have a sponsor and complete, to the satisfaction of the sponsor and the department chairperson, a department honors form giving the title and nature of the project. Two additional faculty members shall serve with the faculty sponsor as an examining committee. The project may be a new study or it may reflect substantial extension or reworking of topics developed in a course. The finished thesis must be defended and receive the favorable recommendation of the examining committee by the 10th week of the candidate's final semester and be presented in open session before the history faculty. Honors are awarded only upon recommendation of the history department faculty.
Requirements for the Major in History -- B.A.
Credits in the major -- History majors must complete a minimum of 39 credits (i.e., 13 courses) of history, including the following
Of these 27 history elective credits, 15 must be at level 3 or above; of these 15 credits, 6 credits must be either tutorials (311-49100, 311-49200, 311-49300, or 311-39400) or seminars (311-48100, 311-48200, 311-48300, or 311-48400)
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.
1. A student must have an AP test score of 4 or higher to receive course-specific credit (i.e., 311-11100, 311-11200, or 311-10200). If a student receives course-specific AP credit, he or she cannot also receive credit for taking the course.
2. A student with an AP test score of 3 may receive unspecified history credit (i.e., general credit without a particular designation), which may be used to fulfill distribution requirements. AP test scores below 3 receive no credit.
3. For all majors (including social studies and social studies with teaching option -- see below), AP credit does not reduce the number of credits required by the major.
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.
We also recommend that history majors take a minimum of three related courses in another humanities department (e.g., English, philosophy, art history) and 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.
Students may take up to 18 credits a semester at no extra expense, allowing even greater variety within the major, double majors, and major-minor combinations.
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 for a minor form. The chair will assign the student to a history adviser who will coordinate his or her advising with the student's major adviser.
In addition to the history major, the department offers two other majors -- social studies and social studies with a teaching option. The department perceives the social studies major as useful for the student seeking a solid foundation in history integrated with relevant courses in the social sciences. The social studies with teaching option major leads to initial certification in the teaching of social studies on the secondary school level.
Required credits from other departments
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
Additional core requirements
1. 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.
2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course at the 106 level or above.
3. All social studies teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA 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.
4. 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.
5. Students must earn a grade of B or better in 327-30810 and 327-31210 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
6. To qualify for student teaching, students must have a 3.00 GPA in history courses and a 3.00 overall GPA.
7. Professional Semester in Education and Seminar on the Practical Issues of Teaching constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.
8. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.
9. The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.
A. Ozolins, Office of Publications, 21. October, 2002