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  Nov 20, 2017
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue

History Major

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The History major consists of nine four-credit courses plus a History Capstone for a total of 38 credits. Students will have to take one 100-level history course, four 200-level courses, three 300-level courses, the Tutorial in Historical Research (HIS 415), and the two-credit Capstone in History (HIS 480). The major is designed to help students evolve from basic foundations through to advanced research and application of historical knowledge and analysis. The 100-level courses emphasize historical methodologies (use of primary and secondary sources, modes of analysis, historiography, historical writing); the 200-level courses apply those basic skills in broad chronological and geographic surveys with narrower topical or thematic courses; the 300-level classes build on the skills learned at the 100-level to emphasize advanced reading and research methodologies, complex historiographies and approaches to history, and the design of advanced research projects; and the 400-level courses focus on actually “doing history”-that is, the completion of advanced research, writing, and presentation of history. Please see the course catalog for more information on course offerings and expectations.

Students who have declared a history major before the fall of 2016 can decide if they will follow these new requirement, or the old ones listed below; students who declare a history major from fall 2016 onward will meet the new requirements.

Honors will be awarded to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and whose performance has been consistently outstanding during their studies at Goucher College.

Writing proficiency in the major can be fulfilled by obtaining a minimum grade of B- in any 300-level seminar.

Majors will also be expected to gain geographic breadth by taking one course in each of our three major areas: the United States, Europe, and the non-European and non-American world (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Possible courses include, but are not limited to:

Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in History or Social Studies

Majors in history are eligible to receive certification in secondary education in history or social studies. For details, see the description under Secondary Education Certification, Grades 7-12 .

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