Associate Professor Parry, Chair
Associate Professor Phillips
Assistant Professor Koefoed
The study of history is an effort to understand past human experiences and to interpret their meaning for the present and the future. Rather than merely a recollection of facts, it involves an examination of peoples' decisions and value systems. The knowledge of history may also provide necessary background for other academic areas.
This department provides survey courses in civilization and United States history. It also offers advanced studies that introduce students to significant historical periods in the United States, to major developments in other cultures, and to the study of theories and practices in politics. The faculty members promote excellence in scholarship and conduct their courses in accordance with the Christian mission of the college.
Students majoring in history must demonstrate “real world” experiences through a variety of courses and activities. They may enter internships that require work in positions that involve practical applications of historical records (e.g. governmental offices, archives, libraries, museums, etc.). They may attend and participate in historical society meetings (e.g. the Mississippi Historical Society, the Southern Historical Society, etc.). All majors must perform guided research and write original treatises suitable for publication in professional journals. Finally, seniors must write essays in the capstone course (Historiography) which reflect their experiences and express an understanding of careers available for history majors.
History Major: 39 hours to include 105, 106; 107, 108, 205 (or 205, 225, 226); and 401; and 6 hours of one Foreign Language. It is recommended that majors in history select courses from both European and United States fields. For history majors not minoring in political science, a maximum of nine hours in political science (212, 218, 301, 313, 314, and 316 only) may be applied to the major in history.
History Minor: 21 hours to include 105, 106; 107, 108, 205 (or 205, 225, 226); at least six hours of upper-level courses in the department. A maximum of three hours in political science (212, 218, 301, 313, 314, or 316) may be applied to the minor in history.
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