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History

Dr. Stephen Cole
Chair
(650) 508-3548
scole@ndnu.edu

The Department of History and Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in History. This course of study helps students comprehend the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, and artistic experiences of peoples all over the world and develop personal skills of research, organization, writing, and analysis. We challenge our students to understand how decisions made in the past continue to shape society and political discourse and to appreciate their own agency in shaping a better world. Completing a major in History is excellent preparation for graduate study and for careers in law, politics, journalism, business, public administration, social work, nongovernmental advocacy organizations, and education.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their studies in the History program, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, and artistic experiences of peoples around the world over time; recognize the influence of global forces and identify their connections to local and national developments
  2. understand how decisions made in the past continue to shape society and political discourse
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the historical literature and with conflicting interpretations of the past – historiography
  4. weigh and interpret evidence and present a sustained argument supported by historical evidence; use the tools of social science research – statistical and qualitative – in formulating a research topic, collecting and analyzing evidence, and presenting results
  5. demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate historical knowledge and reasoning orally and in writing

Bachelor of Arts in History

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.

Prerequisites Units
HST1000 World History I 3
HST1010 World History II 3
PSC1000 Introduction to American Government 3
PSC1100 Introduction to Comparative Governments 3
Total Prerequisites 12

 

Major Requirements Units
United States History – Six units chosen from the following: 6
     HST2300      American History, 1607 – 1877
     HST2310      American History, 1877 – Present
     HST2320      Modern America, 1932 – Present
     HST2330      History and Politics of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (CDiv)
     HST2340      America’s Ethnic History (CDiv)
     PSC2320      The Constitution
European History – Six units chosen from the following: 6
     HST2200      History, Culture, and Language of France I (CL)
     HST2210      History, Culture, and Language of France II (CL)
     HST2220      Nazi Germany
     HST2230      Europe since World War II
     HST2410      Modern Times
Area Studies (Latin America, Asia, Africa, Middle East) – Six units chosen from the following: 6
     PSC2130      Latin American Area Studies (CDiv)
     PSC2140      African Area Studies (CDiv)
     PSC2150      Asian Area Studies (CDiv)
     PSC2160      Middle East Area Studies (CDiv)
PSC2400 Methods and Methodology 3
PSC2400L Statistical Software in Behavioral Science Research 1
HST2880 Capstone 4
Upper-division History Electives 6
Total Major Requirements 32
Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives 80
*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).
Total Unit Requirement   124

Note: The distribution of units evenly among U.S., European, and Area Studies (6, 6, and 6) is only a recommended, not a required distribution. Because of the large number of general elective units available, the Department usually recommends a double major.

Minor in History

Required Courses Units
HST1000 World History I 3
HST1010 World History II 3
PSC1000 Introduction to American Government 3
PSC1100 Introduction to Comparative Governments 3
Upper-division units in History, approved by Department Chair 9
Total Unit Requirement 21