Students interested in historical studies may choose from a wide range of possibilities. Studies may be organized by types of history (e.g., social, political, religious, economic, diplomatic, quantitative), by national experiences or geographical areas (e.g., American history, Western civilization, Far Eastern history, Third World studies), by time periods (e.g., ancient history, medieval civilization, modern history), and in other ways.
Concentrations in historical studies may use any of the college’s five organizing frameworks. Students may wish to plan disciplinary degree programs. Typically, such concentrations include:
Interdisciplinary concentrations in historical studies represent a conscious attempt to explore linkages among allied disciplines from a historical perspective (e.g., ancient history, literature, culture and language).
Study in comparative history is frequently interdisciplinary in approach, as is work in emerging areas such as psychohistory and cliometrics. The thematic framework allows a student to trace and explore one or more problems in historical studies with emphasis on considering the origins, development and possible resolution of the issue.
Professional programs include studies vital for developing career-entry skills in areas such as:
Students with a professional/vocational emphasis frequently include internship experiences in their degree program plans.
The faculty of the college expects that students who design degree programs in historical studies will acquire the following enabling skills and understandings:
Revised February 1993