Undergraduate Program

The History Department offers a wide variety of chronological, geographical, and thematic courses that enhance individuals’ understanding of themselves and the contemporary world by expanding their experience to include the experiences of other peoples, both past and present. These courses range from ancient times to the present, cover most geographical regions of the world, and allow topical specialties ranging from women’s and environmental history to digital and spatial history and military history.

Learning Goals for Undergraduates in History:  Students graduating with a BA in history will have learned to research, analyze, synthesize, and communicate accurate information about the past and its meaning.  Specifically, students will acquire the skills to:

  • Discover and sift through information and distinguish between fact and myth
  • Evaluate written or material evidence; closely examine evidence within a historical context; understand change over time
  • Organize events and ideas chronologically and explain historical trends
  • Recognize and apply concepts and principles in the discipline of history
  • Communicate, both verbally and orally, in an effective manner

The History major requires at least 12 three-credit courses in History. For a balanced understanding of history, majors must complete courses from each of the following focus areas:

  • U.S. history
  • European history
  • Other regions of the world (Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Canada) or courses with a transnational focus

Majors take HTY 130, Craft of Historical Detection, as well as other prerequisites at the 100- and 200-level, then 8 or more upper-level courses, including a junior seminar and a senior capstone seminar. Your History advisor will help you design a course plan that suits your interests and needs. For the history major requirements form see the Requirements Word Document. For details, see the full major requirements.

Senior history majors may take 500-level graduate courses. Other students may take graduate level courses by permission.

History graduates find employment in a wide range of occupations. Traditionally they have gone into education careers in primary and secondary schools and, with appropriate graduate-level training, in colleges and universities. More recently, increasing numbers of history graduates find their way into private, nonprofit as well as public organizations and agencies, such as museums, archives and libraries, research and service institutions, legislative bodies, and planning agencies. Others find career opportunities in the private sector, including publishing, journalism, broadcasting, and law firms; in fact, history is an ideal pre-law major.

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Departmental Life
History majors take an active part in departmental life. Through the History Club, they get to know one another and join faculty on field trips, the annual History Picnic, and other events. The History Department hosts Maine’s National History Day. There are many scholarships and awards to support students’ research at the graduate and undergraduate level. Working with faculty on their research can lead to attending professional conferences or working with local organizations to bring history to life in the community.

A minor in History shall consist of at least 18 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be intermediate/advanced courses.  These include HTY 240, HTY 241, HTY 265, HTY 279, and all 3XX and 4XX courses).  (No more than two of these 200 level courses may be counted as intermediate/advanced).  The 18 credits should include courses that cover more than one continent and more than one century.

For details, see the full minor requirements


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