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History Overview

Archival Management • Business • Government Service • Journalism • Law • Museum Management • Teaching

The Bachelor of Arts with a History Major (30 required credit hours) will provide students with a solid understanding of American and World history. In addition to the required courses in United States and World history, students may choose elective courses in their particular area of interest. Through the study of history, students not only gain an understanding of past human activities, but they also develop skills in research, writing, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This background will prepare the student for success in a variety of careers including government service, teaching, law, business, journalism, and museum and archival management. A minor in history (20 credit hours) provides students with a solid base in American and World history.

Program Scheduling
While the required introductory courses are offered in the day and evening, most courses that satisfy the requirements for a major in history are offered during the day.

Specialized Accreditation
The Department of History offers a history major and minor for secondary teacher certification. Additional requirements are detailed in the Secondary Teaching Certification section.

Special Elements of the Program
Detroit Emphasis: the department offers several courses that examine aspects of the history of Detroit: HIS 310 (Metro Detroit through Three Centuries), HIS 330 (Michigan: History and Politics), and HIS 496 (Senior Research Seminar).

The Jorge Castellanos Award is an annual award given to a history major for academic excellence and demonstrated ability in research and writing. The award is given at the College’s annual Honors Convocation.