(Submit to Division Chair)


Note: All changes become effective the fall semester following Campus Assembly approval.








See instructions given in separate document.


    I.      Introductory Statement:

This discipline is in the Division of the Social Sciences.


   II.      Objectives:

Objectives—The history curriculum is designed to introduce students to the study of the human past. Students majoring in history learn to approach decision-making with an awareness of a broad range of choices; learn to think critically and communicate their ideas effectively; integrate their academic study with their intellectual and moral maturation; understand the construction of historical knowledge; and learn how to learn. The curriculum emphasizes the role of the student as an active learner and encourages individualized learning experiences, including those outside of established coursework, and the development of close working relationships between students and faculty.


   III.      Assessment:

See major requirements.


  IV.      Requirements for a Major:

Major Requirements


* A demonstrated familiarity with a range of historical periods and cultures sufficiently broad to allow meaningful exploration of "alternative communities" in time and place and to develop an empathy with alternative solutions to life's problems.

* A demonstrated ability to critically analyze, interpret, and synthesize various types of historical materials, which need not be limited to written documents.

* A demonstrated awareness of how the pursuit of a knowledge of history reflects the student's own quest for personal and intellectual growth and how that pursuit in turn shapes the student's growth. In addition, an awareness of the way a society's search for historical explanations relates to that society's ideals, circumstances, and practices.

* A demonstrated ability to initiate and develop a course of historical inquiry.


Students should develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their major adviser. The student and adviser must meet to plan the student’s course of study and ensure that the major will encompass breadth across regions and time periods. The student’s plan must involve at least one western and one non-western course. The student must bring a list of history courses completed and ongoing.


When the student applies for graduation the student and adviser must meet:

*to document that the student has successfully demonstrated breadth across regions and time periods in the major.

*to discuss ways in which the student perceives history and historical questions as a result of thinking about history at UMM.

*to evaluate what historical skills and knowledge the student has gained while studying history at UMM. Supporting evidence of such skills and knowledge may include successful papers, tutorials, student initiated studies, etc.


The adviser must keep a record of this meeting.


Hist 1101—Introduction to World History to 1500

or Hist 1102—Introduction to World History Since 1500

Hist 4110-4120—Tutorial in History

28 additional credits in Hist courses


Courses with grades of D may not be used to meet the major requirements.


The student must submit a file of materials to present evidence of meeting the first four requirements stated above. The file need not be limited to materials produced in history courses.


1. At least three semesters before graduation, the student and adviser assess progress toward the major and, consulting with the remainder of the history faculty, determine work that remains to complete the major.

2. The student selects the materials for the file; the file is available only to the student, the history faculty, and persons designated by the student. The materials, as well as comments by faculty who have evaluated them, are to be placed in the file as they are completed.

3. The file need not be limited to written materials but may include, for example, multimedia presentation materials or tape recordings of oral presentations. Written materials may include research papers, book reviews, essays, project reports, and similar work.

4. The file must include a description of the plan of study and a description of the student's progress in the major. The student is responsible for developing a plan of study in conjunction with an adviser from the history faculty. Together they periodically assess the student's progress.



   V.      Requirements for a Minor:

Minor Requirements

Minor requirements include Hist 1101 or 1102 and four additional courses of which at least three are at the 2xxx level or higher. There should be evidence of work in at least two geographic areas, with at least one of these in a non-Western area.



  VI.      Requirements for Teacher Preparation:

Teacher Preparation Requirements

Students seeking teaching licensure in social studies 5-12 should refer to the Education, Secondary (SeEd) section of this catalog.



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