Major Requirements

The study of history enables students to understand change and continuity across time. Courses survey such topics as the growth and decline of states and societies, the conduct of war and the pursuit of justice, cultural achievements, religious beliefs and forms of worship, reform movements, influential ideologies, the significance of race, gender and class and exploration and colonization.

The Emmanuel College History Department’s Goals and Objectives of Majors

Analysis. Through evaluation of historical information, data, sources, and methodologies, students will broaden and deepen their critical thinking and analytical skills and understand how different ideas (political, cultural, economic, religious), geography (location, environment, resources), and diversity (race, class, gender, ethnicity) have influenced historical interpretations. Students are equipped with the necessary intellectual skills in the pursuit of knowledge.

Research. Students conduct primary and secondary source research utilizing up-to-date methods and sources, including digital and media resources; students will know how to locate, evaluate, and ethically use this information effectively in constructing an argument. Through research and dialogue, students reflect on diverse perspectives in all that they research.

Historiographical Literacy. Students will be able to compare and contrast historical interpretations, recognizing there is no one historical truth and that interpretations have changed, and will continue to change, over time. Through research students will be able to examine cultures in a comparative context and to place their own culture, values, and ethics within larger historical narratives, methods, and fields, deepening their sense of responsibility.

Communication Skills. Students will learn to construct and present persuasive arguments in written, oral, and digital forms that clearly and coherently communicate factual and conceptual understandings of historical change and narratives.

Career Preparation. Students are able to apply the knowledge acquired as a history major in their internship and practicum experience by giving them the opportunity to “do history” and to engage in ethical and creative problem solving for companies, organizations, and institutions. Through these hands-on experiences students are able to explore the many careers available in and out of the field by demonstrating the ability to transfer the analytical, research, and communication skills of a history major to their chosen profession. Students gain valuable professional experience and build relationships, seeing themselves as part of a larger whole, adding value through teamwork and leadership.


Choose three from the following
HIST1105 United States History to 1877 (H)
HIST1106 United States History Since 1877 (H)
HIST1107 African History: Themes (H)
HIST1108 World History to 1500 (H)
HIST1109 Modern World History (H)
HIST1111 An Introduction to East Asian History
HIST1114 Creating the Atlantic World

Required Core Courses:
HIST2701 Historical Methods and Research
HIST4000 Senior Seminar: Historiography
HIST4194-4195 Internship I & II

*Five other departmental courses; at least three
must be at the 3000-level