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College of Arts and Sciences
The Bachelor of Arts in History appeals to individuals seeking both a well-rounded educational experience and intellectual independence. The study of history, through the emphasis on research, examination, interpretation and reflection, offers thorough training in a range of skills, including the ability to read extensively and critically; the capability to apprehend, evaluate and analyze complex evidence, arguments and opinions; the know-how to develop and present a carefully informed, reasoned and crafted argument; confident and clear oral communication skills; and the capacity to undertake independent work and manage time effectively.
Majoring in History provides a foundation for a number of careers and post-graduate programs. Traditionally, a large number of pre-law students major in history in order to benefit from the critical thinking and writing skills necessary to analyze and process evidence; then learning to make a strong case using evidence. Many teachers and librarians also major in history before attending an M.A. or M.LIS. (MLA) program. Professions within history itself have grown over the years and as states such as Ohio invest more in tourism, park systems and heritage sites these public history fields will continue to grow. Likewise, many of our students go on to national and international careers in public history. The department of History also offers a Master of Arts and Ph.D. program in History, as well as a new Master of Arts in History for Teachers.
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.
Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Develop the ability to understand and apply a variety of basic historical method.
2. Develop and apply the skills to conduct original historical research. Students will learn to find, use, and analyze historical evidence and communicate their findings in an effective manner.
3.Obtain historical content knowledge and understand the connectedness of historical events and the wide varieties of human experiences.
4. Understand History as a discipline based on interpretation with historical questions constantly being reframed and investigated.
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.
History Club, Phi Alpha Theta
Advanced Degree Programs
Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive
**A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
*** Fulfills College General Requirement.
****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.
a. Intermediate I and II of the same language
All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.
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