Dec 11, 2023
The 120 credit hour Bachelor of Arts degree in History emphasizes the acquisition of a breadth of historical knowledge and the research skills of historical scholarship that encompass the fields of American and World history. The history curriculum incorporates multiple perspectives and methodological approaches to human history, thus capturing the experiences of the rich and poor, the powerful and oppressed.
A major in history prepares students for a variety of opportunities. Traditional professions for historians have been teaching in secondary schools, but other possibilities exist in public history (i.e., historical preservation, archival work, and museum administration.) The study of history has also been seen as an appropriate preparation for graduate study in law and information management/library studies.
Core Curriculum: 38 - 51 credit hours
Please review the Core Curriculum page for course options.
Required Core Courses
Students majoring in History must take the following liberal arts core requirements regardless of whether the core is otherwise met:
Major Requirements (33 - 36 credit hours)
All history majors must receive a grade of “C” or above in all history courses.
The following courses must be completed for the History major:
Introductory History Courses: 12 credit hours (minimum)
Any four (4) lower-division (100 or 200 level) history courses that were not counted in the core, but at least one lower-division course must be American history and at least one lower-division course must be world history.
Intermediate History Courses: 15 credit hours (minimum)
Any five (5) upper-division (i.e., 300-level or above–excluding HI 399 and HI 499 ) history courses, but at least two upper-division courses must be American history and at least two upper-division courses must be world history.
Advanced Courses in History: 6 credit hours
These courses must be completed at Avila University.
History majors will create an electronic portfolio in HI 499 , which serves as the comprehensive examination in the history major.
Elective Courses (minimum 40 credit hours)
Social Studies Teacher Education
Avila University also offers degrees approved by the State of Missouri for those who want to teach History. Students who want to teach at the high school level will double major in History and Education.
Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of HI 399 within the major.
In addition to the above listed course requirements, history majors must meet all of the outcomes below. History minors are expected to meet only outcomes 1) Knowledge and 2) Theory listed below, which are assessed in a course-by-course basis.
Knowledge: Identify and characterize the major questions of American and world history in terms of continuity and change using relevant political, economic, social, religious, and cultural institutions, traditions, and beliefs. *All history courses provide instruction and practice relevant to this outcome.
Theory: Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of race, gender, class, ethnicity, or religion on the experiences of ordinary and extraordinary people of the past using current historical theory and methodology. *Formal instruction and practice occurs in HI 399 - Seminar in History (3) , but preliminary instruction and practice are components of every upper-division history course.
Praxis: Using the “knowledge” and “theory” of the outcomes above, examine and analyze primary documents, pose a historical question (i.e., offer an interpretation or thesis) that the weight of evidence seems to answer, then provide context for one’s historical question and evidence using the available secondary literature synthesized in a well-written work of historical scholarship. *Formal instruction and practice occurs in HI 399 - Seminar in History (3) and HI 499 - Senior Thesis (3) , but preliminary instruction and practice are components of every upper-division history course.
The outcomes of the history major are formally assessed by using an electronic portfolio, which serves as the departmental comprehensive examination in the history major, and the senior thesis produced in HI 499 - Senior Thesis (3) . The comprehensive examination generally consists of a reflective essay in which students are challenged to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the outcomes 1) Knowledge and 2) Theory. The senior thesis is the primary means to assess each history major’s ability to produce a well-written work of historical scholarship as described in outcome 3) Praxis. The criterion for each outcome is: 100% of history majors will demonstrate knowledge and application of the outcome with at least 75% accuracy.