Wilkes University

History, B.A. - Public History

Requirements

History Major/Public History Concentration

This degree prepares students for entry-level work in museums, historical sites, cultural resource management, archives, historical societies, historic preservation and other areas where historians engage the public. The history department encourages students seeking the Public History BA to choose a cognate major/minor such as English, business, or communications.

Wilkes University requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for the B.A. degree in History/Public History Concentration. These include 40 credit hours in distribution courses and 39 credit hours in the discipline. Required history courses include: HST 101, HST 125-126, HST 211, HST 297, HST 397, HST 399 (6 credits), 12 additional credit hours in history courses numbered 300 and above from an approved list of Public History eligible course, and any two of the following: HST 311, HST 312, and HST 325.

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

 

Distribution Requirement

3

ENG 101 Composition

4

FYF 101 First-Year Foundations

3

HST 101 Historical Foundations of the Modern World

3

HST 125 US History I

3

Total Credits

16

Second Semester

 

Distribution Requirements

9

HST 126 US History II

3

HST 211 Intro to Public History

3

Total Credits

15

Third Semester

 

Distribution Requirements

12

HST 297 Research & Methods Seminar

3

Total Credits

15

Fourth Semester

 

Distribution Requirements

6

Major Electives/Requirement

6

Free Elective

3

Total Credits

15

Fifth Semester

 

Free Electives

12

Major Elective/Requirement

3

Total Credits

15

Sixth Semester

 

Free Electives

9

Major Elective/Requirement

6

Total Credits

15

Seventh Semester

 

HST 399 Internship

3

Free Electives

6

HST 397 Capstone/Seminar

3

Major Elective/Requirement

3

Total Credits

15

Eighth Semester

 

HST 399 Internship

3

Free Electives

12

Total Credits

15

History

HST-101. The Historical Foundations of the Modern World

Credits: 3

A thematic survey of the forces shaping the modern world. Topics studied include the following: world religions; science; rationalism; industrial capitalism; liberalism; socialism; global discovery; imperialism; nationalism; and totalitarianism.

HST-102. Europe Before 1600

Credits: 3

A survey of European history from Ancient times through the Reformation.

HST-125. American History I

Credits: 3

A survey of North American and U.S. history from European-Native American contact to the Civil War.

HST-126. American History II

Credits: 3

A survey of U.S. history from the Civil War to the present

HST-211. Introduction to Public History

Credits: 3

An introduction to the debates, issues and practice of public history. Students will explore specific careers in public history, learn the research tools and methods used by public historians, and apply public history methodology to larger historical questions.

HST-297. Historical Research and Methods Seminar

Credits: 3

An introduction to the skills and methods needed for successful research and writing about history. Enrollment is limited to history majors and minors except by permission of the instructor.

HST-311. Oral History (A)

Credits: 3

This is a 'hands on' course in which we will examine the use of structured interviews by both professional and amateur historians. Students will both conduct oral history interviews and plan oral history projects. This course is ideal for teachers, church and other local historians, as everyone should end the semester with the ability to design and execute their own oral history project. No prior historical or technical knowledge is assumed or needed.

HST-312. American Material Culture (A)

Credits: 3

An introduction to the theories and methods of material culture. By studying objects and employing interdisciplinary approaches, students will investigate American material life and attempt to uncover attitudes and beliefs of the individuals and culture that produced those objects.

HST-321. American Cultural and Social History (A)

Credits: 3

An examination of differences and divisions within American society through such topics as social movements, demographic trends, gender, ethnicity, and class, the effect of industrialization and immigration, cultural expressions, religion, and the family.

HST-324. American Economic History (A)

Credits: 3

A survey of the evolution of the American economy from colonial dependency to modern industrial maturity. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of the United States as an industrial world power since about 1850.

HST-325. Diversity in Pennsylvania History (A)

Credits: 3

A study of the history of the Commonwealth with particular focus on ethnic and racial diversity.

HST-328. History of the Foreign Policy of the United States (A)

Credits: 3

A selective treatment of major themes in American foreign policy from the founding of the Republic to the present.

HST-329. American Women's History (A)

Credits: 3

A study of the role, status, and culture of women in America beginning with the First Americans and European contact to the present time.

HST-331. Colonial America (A)

Credits: 3

Discovery, exploration, and settlement; development of social, political, religious, and intellectual institutions; independence and political reorganization.

HST-332. The New Nation (A)

Credits: 3

A study of America's social, cultural, economic and political development in the first generations of nationhood, 1783-1840.

HST-333. Victorian America (A)

Credits: 3

A study of the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War through the end of World War I. Special attention will be paid to urbanization and industrialization and their effects on everyday life.

HST-334. The United States, 1900-1945 (A)

Credits: 3

The emergence of the United States as a world power and the corresponding development of its political, economic, social, and religious institutions.

HST-335. The United States Since 1945 (A)

Credits: 3

An examination of the political, social, and economic changes in the United States since World War II. Special attention is paid to America's dominant role in the immediate post-war world and how changing conditions over the past forty years have altered this role.

HST-341. History of Great Britain and the British Empire and Commonwealth

Credits: 3

A study of British history from the Neolithic period to present times. The first semester will cover social, economic, and political developments to 1783, including expansion overseas. The second semester, HST-342, will cover the consequences of the industrial revolution and the evolution of the Empire into the Commonwealth.

Co-Requisites
HST-342 second semester

HST-342. History of Great Britain and the British Empire and Commonwealth

Credits: 3

A study of British history from the Neolithic period to present times. The first semester, HST-341, will cover social, economic, and political developments to 1783, including expansion overseas. The second semester will cover the consequences of the industrial revolution and the evolution of the Empire into the Commonwealth.

Pre-Requisites

HST-345. History of Northeastern Europe (N)

Credits: 3

A study of the cultural, political and intellectual history of the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Croats, Slovenes and Hungarians, who occupy the northern tier of Eastern Europe. Special attention is given to the roles of the Habsburg and Russian empires in shaping the historical destinies of these peoples, and to the roots and consequences of the forces of nationalism in the region.

HST-346. History of the Balkans (N)

Credits: 3

A study of the cultural, political and intellectual history of the Bulgarians, Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Albanians, Greeks, Romanians and Turks, who occupy the southern, or Balkan, tier of Eastern Europe. Special attention is given to the roles of the Ottoman Turkish, Habsburg and Russian empires in shaping the historical destinies of these peoples, and to the roots and consequences in the region of such forces as Christian-Muslim cultural interrelationships and nationalism.

HST-348. History of Russia (N)

Credits: 3

A study of the political, social, and intellectual history of Russia. Emphasis is placed upon the emergence of Russia as a major power after 1700.

HST-352. The Renaissance and Reformation (N)

Credits: 3

Within the political and economic framework of the period, study will be made of the culture of the Renaissance, the religious reforms and conflicts resulting from the crisis in the sixteenth century.

HST-353. Age of Absolutism (N)

Credits: 3

The political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural development of Europe and dependencies from 1600 to about 1750.

HST-354. The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon (N)

Credits: 3

A study of the structure of the Ancient Regime and an examination of the causes, events, and consequences of the French Revolution culminating in the Napoleonic Empire.

HST-355. Europe in the Nineteenth Century (N)

Credits: 3

A study of the political, social, and cultural development of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to World War I.

HST-356. World War I and Versailles Europe (N)

Credits: 3

Examination of the international causes of World War I, the Treaties of Versailles, and the new Europe that resulted, leading to the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

HST-357. The World Since 1945 (N)

Credits: 3

This course examines many important events and developments in the modern world since 1945. It considers incidents of largely historical significance, such as the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, and those of continuing relevance, like the globalization and privatization of the economy.

HST-376. World War II (C)

Credits: 3

Consideration of the causes of the war, military strategy and tactics, diplomatic interests of the participants, and resulting cold war problems.

HST-397. Seminar

Credits: 3

Presentations and discussions of selected topics.

Pre-Requisites
Approval of instructor is required.

HST-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experience, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. (See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.)

Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing, minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, consent of academic advisor, and approval of placement by the department chairperson.

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