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History

The Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Mount Union provides a foundation for students’ futures. Our faculty invite students to explore, through close textual analysis, a broad range of historical themes, ideas, and peoples. History faculty work with students to develop students’ research, writing, and oral communication skills, as well as to grow as independent, critical thinkers. 

History Major Quick Facts  

The history degree requires a total of 52 credit hours with 44 of those specific to the major. Students must also complete the 32 credit-hour university-wide Integrative Core requirement. The Department of History develops and maintains an academic curriculum that helps students attain a broad base of knowledge in history and acquire the intellectual and communication skills necessary to the field.

  • History Club and national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta are extracurricular activities available on campus.
  • History majors at Mount Union have pursued challenging internships at museums and local county and state historical societies.
  • Students who major in history often become school teachers, enter the business world, attend law school, or enroll in graduate school in history or other similar fields.

The history major offers multiple experiential learning opportunities for students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world applications. Some opportunities include field trips to historical and cultural sites, volunteer work at the Haines House Underground Project in Alliance, and participation in regional and local conferences.

Curriculum

As a history major at the University of Mount Union, you will partake in research and analysis while developing an understanding of the past and specific historical periods. As part of the history major requirements, you will explore not only U.S. history, but the histories of other locations and cultures around the world as well. Through your history degree studies, you will develop an appreciation and understanding of cultures and people worldwide.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

Successful students who complete the history degree program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to read and write as students of history, which means that they will be able to comprehend written material, describe the relevant issues, understand the basic arguments, and then defend their own positions.
  • Show their familiarity with major events, personalities, and issues related to the period being studied.
  • Approach the literature critically, analyzing and synthesizing information to answer or produce arguments, and counter-arguments within the field.
  • Address the historiography of the topic, which means that they will be able to think critically about the issues and how other historians have interpreted them.
  • Use historical data to make judgments on historical topics.

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