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History Major

Students can complete the History major in its entirety at Kent State Stark.

Program Introduction

The Bachelor of Arts degree 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.

Major Requirements

The History major comprises the following concentrations:

European History 
This concentration affords students the opportunity to study chronological and topical courses on the history of Western and Eastern Europe. Chronologically defined courses cover the full run of the civilization's history from the medieval period through recent decades. Topical courses address such areas as cultural, diplomatic, women's and military history, as well as race and gender. Students selecting this concentration can develop a chronological or topical specialization or select a broad array of courses. 

Global History 
This concentration provides courses on the history and culture of societies outside Europe and the United States. Geographically, students can study the histories of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Topical courses will address issues important to these regions, including race, gender, modernity, class, empire, colonialism and post-colonialism. Students selecting this concentration should consider developing a thematic or regional specialization.

Pre-1800 History 
This concentration affords students the opportunity to think about and explore developments in societies and cultures worldwide before the advent of modernity. Chronologically, the courses in this concentration focus primarily on the medieval and early modern periods up to and including the French Revolution. Geographically, courses in the Pre-1800 History concentration are offered in United States history, European history, and Global history and include a topical focus on culture, society, religion, science and politics. Students selecting this concentration may choose to focus the majority of their courses on a particular region of the world or a particular period in history before the nineteenth century. 

United States History 
This concentration affords students the opportunity to study the chronological and topical totality of the American experience. Chronologically defined courses cover the full run of the nation's history from European exploration and colonization through recent decades. Topical courses address such areas as cultural, diplomatic, women's and military history, as well as race and gender. Students selecting this concentration can develop a chronological or topical specialization or select a broad array of courses.  
 

History graduates will

  • Develop the ability to understand and apply a variety of basic historical methods.
  • 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.
  • Obtain historical content knowledge and understand the connectedness of historical events and the wide varieties of human experiences.
  • Understand history as a discipline based on interpretation with historical questions constantly being reframed and investigated.