History

Degrees Offered

To all students, Washburn University's Department of History offers clearly focused courses in U.S. and world history; small class sizes and, as a result, closer interaction with professors; and select courses, at both survey and upper level, fulfilling General Education requirements for the Social Sciences.  For majors, the department provides a clear map to mastery of the field; a course of study that is diverse in terms of both geographical and temporal ranges; and a capstone experience that calls on students to do history themselves, engaging with primary sources to produce a research paper (while also fulfilling requirements for the Scholarly/Creative Washburn Transformational Experience).

History, BA

History (Bachelor of Arts)

Students majoring in history must have a minimum of 33 hours in history with a grade of C or above, at least 15 hours taken at Washburn. Students must have 18 hours of lower division history, which will consist of HI 100, 101 & 102 (World Civ. I , II & III), HI 111 & 112 (US Hist. I & II), and HI 395 (History Forum). Upper division requirements are 12 hours with at least one course in each cultural tradition: American (303-328); European (334-347, 380-386); non-Western (354-362). Demonstration of the mastery of historical research and writing is required by a grade of C or above in HI 399, Historical Methods and Research. Majors must also demonstrate additional competence by completing either a second major or an established minor within another College of Arts & Sciences discipline. 

In declaring a major in history, students will be assigned an advisor and develop a departmentally-approved plan for graduation. The department recognizes a maximum of 3 hours history credit through CEEB Advanced Placement. Departmental honors are offered to those majors attaining a 3.5 in History, a 3.2 overall GPA, and an A in the Capstone HI 399 course.

Core Courses for History BA

HI 111 - History of the U.S. I (3)

HI 112 - History of the U.S. II (3)

HI 100 - Early World History (3)

HI 101 - Changing World History (3)

HI 102 - Modern World History (3)

HI 395 - History Forum (3)

HI 399 - Historical Methods & Research (3)

Upper Division U.S. History (3)

Upper Division European History (3)

Upper Division Non-Western History (3)

Upper Division History Elective (3)

History BA (Secondary Education Specialization)

Students majoring in history must have a minimum of 33 hours in history with a grade of C or above, at least 15 hours taken at Washburn. Students must have 18 hours of lower division history, which will consist of HI 100, 101 & 102 (World Civ. I , II & III), HI 111 & 112 (US Hist. I & II), and HI 395 (History Forum). Upper division requirements are 12 hours with at least one course in each cultural tradition: American (303-328); European (334-347, 380-386); non-Western (354-362). Demonstration of the mastery of historical research and writing is required by a grade of C or above in HI 399, Historical Methods and Research. Majors must also demonstrate additional competence by completing either a second major or an established minor within another College of Arts & Sciences discipline. 

In declaring a major in history, students will be assigned an advisor and develop a departmentally-approved plan for graduation. The department recognizes a maximum of 3 hours history credit through CEEB Advanced Placement. Departmental honors are offered to those majors attaining a 3.5 in History, a 3.2 overall GPA, and an A in the Capstone HI 399 course.

Preparation for Teachers

Students desiring to be certified in secondary social studies at Washburn must major in history and must be formally admitted to the University's Professional Teacher Education Programs and adhere to the Education Department's requirements for teacher certification.  (Also Please Note: all teaching licenses in the state of Kansas have been revised.  Students planning to pursue a teaching license should consult with an advisor prior to enrolling in courses).

Curriculum Outline for the US History, US Government, and World History Program; 57 semester hours are required.

Core Courses

HI 111 - History of the U.S. I (3)

HI 112 - History of the U.S. II (3)

HI 100 - Early World History (3)

HI 101 - Changing World History (3)

HI 102 - Modern World History (3)

HI 395 - History Forum (3)

PO 106 - U.S. Government (3)

PO 107 - American State and Local Government (3)

HI 399 - Historical Methods and Research (3)

Upper Division U.S. History (6)

Upper Division European History (3)

Upper Division Non-Western History (3)

Required Additional Courses in Social Science:

Selected Upper Division Political Science (6)

Economics - EC 200 (3)

Anthropology - AN 112 (3)

Geography - GG 102 (3)

History Minor

History Minor

Students may minor in history by applying to the department and being assigned an advisor, who will arrange a course sequence in conformity to department requirements. A minor will consist of at least 15 credit hours and include a balance between introductory survey courses and upper level work. Minors may be multicultural, may concentrate in one of the principal historical traditions, or may follow subject matter themes. All course work is to be graded.