Apply Today!

History

History2018-08-29T14:26:02-05:00

Missouri Western’s history program provides students with a broad understanding of historical events and topics across time, as well as in-depth analysis of specific eras and themes. With smaller class sizes and a focus on reading, writing and discussion, students are introduced to the tools of the historian’s craft.

Students majoring in history may receive a B.A./B.S. or a B.A./B.S. with Teacher Certification. Students majoring in all other disciplines may minor in either United States or European history.

History with Teacher Certification

A history teacher leads students in the study of past events in the United States and around the world. They encourage students to look at multiple viewpoints, become informed citizens, and make valid arguments by providing stimulating discussion, readings, and projects on a wide range of topics from recent events to ancient history. History teachers often help students process and comprehend the significance of difficult social and political issues. Our program prepares students to teach history at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels by providing them with practical experience in organizing lesson plans in line with curriculum standards, collecting and designing lesson presentations and class assessments and performing other common teaching tasks such as grading assignments.

Internships & Research

Experience in the field is beneficial to each student’s education, providing students with valuable hands-on experience that is difficult to duplicate in the classroom. Most of our students are involved in a variety of practical learning experiences, including internships with local museums and city and state governments, working with professors one-on-one in independent study projects and, for all students graduating with degrees in history with teaching certification, participation in classroom experiences during their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Students also have the opportunity to enhance their education by attending professional conferences in their field. Several students have had the opportunity to present at the Missouri History Conference, Missouri Academy of Science, the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers, and the Undergraduate Historiographical & Geographical Research Symposium.

Consitution and American Flag

History (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.)

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
HIS 140American History to 18653
HIS 150American History since 18653
HIS 200Ancient and Medieval Civilization3
HIS 210Early Modern Civilization3
HIS 230Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present3
HIS 290The Historian's Craft3
HIS 330Recent United States History3
or HIS 340 Recent European History
PSC 101American National Government3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
GEO 100World Geography3
GEO 210Geography of the United States and Canada3
or GEO 320 Geography of Europe
PHL 219Reasoning and Argumentation3
Select fifteen additional credit hours in History with twelve credit hours numbered 300 or higher 115
Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement
Credit hours in one foreign language12

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework, including History coursework not used within the major.
  6. Earn a grade of C or higher in all foreign language coursework.
  7. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.00 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  8. Earn 12 credit hours in one foreign language.
  9. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

History (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
HIS 140American History to 18653
HIS 150American History since 18653
HIS 200Ancient and Medieval Civilization3
HIS 210Early Modern Civilization3
HIS 230Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present3
HIS 290The Historian's Craft3
HIS 330Recent United States History3
or HIS 340 Recent European History
PSC 101American National Government3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
GEO 100World Geography3
GEO 210Geography of the United States and Canada3
or GEO 320 Geography of Europe
PHL 219Reasoning and Argumentation3
Select fifteen credit hours in History with twelve credit hours numbered 300 or higher 115
MWSU Minor or 2nd Major 218

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework, including History coursework not used within the major.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

History with Teacher Certification (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree with Teacher Certification leads to certification to teach History in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
HIS 140American History to 18653
HIS 150American History since 18653
HIS 200Ancient and Medieval Civilization3
HIS 210Early Modern Civilization3
HIS 230Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present3
HIS 290The Historian's Craft3
HIS 330Recent United States History3
or HIS 340 Recent European History
HIS 365Methods of Teaching Social Studies5
PSC 101American National Government3
PSC 110American State and Local Government3
or PSC 200 International Politics
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 261Principles of Microeconomics3
GEO 100World Geography3
GEO 210Geography of the United States and Canada3
or GEO 320 Geography of Europe
PHL 219Reasoning and Argumentation3
PSY 101General Psychology3
Select fifteen credit hours of History courses with twelve credit hours numbered 300 or higher15
Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement
Credit hours in one foreign language12
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36

NOTE: A grade of C or higher must be earned in all major coursework, foreign language courses and Education courses in order to be approved for junior and senior teaching experiences.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework, including History coursework not used within the major.
  6. Earn a grade of C or higher in all foreign language coursework.
  7. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  8. Earn 12 credit hours in one foreign language.
  9. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

History with Teacher Certification (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree with Teacher Certification leads to certification to teach History in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
HIS 140American History to 18653
HIS 150American History since 18653
HIS 200Ancient and Medieval Civilization3
HIS 210Early Modern Civilization3
HIS 230Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present3
HIS 290The Historian's Craft3
HIS 330Recent United States History3
or HIS 340 Recent European History
HIS 365Methods of Teaching Social Studies5
PSC 101American National Government3
PSC 110American State and Local Government3
or PSC 200 International Politics
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 261Principles of Microeconomics3
GEO 100World Geography3
GEO 210Geography of the United States and Canada3
or GEO 320 Geography of Europe
PHL 219Reasoning and Argumentation3
PSY 101General Psychology3
Select fifteen credit hours of History courses with twelve credit hours numbered 300 or higher15
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36

NOTE: A grade of C or higher must be earned in all major coursework, foreign language courses and Education courses in order to be approved for junior and senior teaching experiences.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework, including History coursework not used within the major.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the History and Geography Department.

Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.