Department of History

Degree Requirements

Small class sizes and innovative teaching mean that students take an active part in their learning. Classes are hands-on and students participate in a variety of different activities from analyzing primary historical documents to debating tough questions with their peers.

Major Requirements

Major in History (36 semester hours in History)

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in History must complete all the core degree requirements as stated in the University catalog. All history majors must receive a grade of “C” or above in all history courses. Lastly, history majors must create an electronic portfolio in HI 499 Senior Thesis, which serves as the departmental comprehensive examination in the history major.

The following history courses (36 hours) must be completed for the history major:

Introductory History Courses: 12 semester hours (Minimum)

Any four (4) lower-division (100 or 200 level) history courses but at least one lower-division course must be American history and at least one lower-division course must be World history.

Intermediate History Courses: 18 semester hours (Minimum)

Any six (6) upper-division (i.e., 300-level or above—excluding HI 399 and HI 499) history courses but at least two upper-division courses must be American history and at least two upper-division courses must be World history.

Advanced Courses in History:  6 semester hours

HI 399 Historical Methods (Must be completed at Avila University.)

HI 499 Senior Thesis (Capstone Course in the Major and must be completed at Avila University.)

Additional Requirements for the major in History:

EN 112 – Composition II: Rhetorical Argument (3)

PRE-2015 and 2015 CORE: University Functional Computer Literacy/Technology Requirement in the Major:  Met by completion of HI 399 Historical Methods at Avila University.

CORE 2015 Requirement for Civic Engagement (3 semester hours): Met by completion of HI 396 Public History or HI 496 Internship in History.

Minor Requirements

Minor in History (18 semester hours in History)

Candidates for a minor in History must receive a grade of “C” or above in all history courses and complete the following history courses:

Introductory History Courses: 6 semester hours (Minimum)

Any two (2) lower-division (100 or 200 level) history courses (either American or World history.)

Intermediate History Courses: 9 semester hours (Minimum)

Any three (3) upper-division (i.e., 300-level or above—excluding HI 399) history courses but at least one upper-division course must be American history and at least one upper-division course must be World history.

Advanced Courses in History:  3 semester hours

HI 399 Historical Research (Must be completed at Avila University.)

Assessments

The outcomes of the history major are formally assessed in two ways:

  1. Using an electronic portfolio produced in HI 499 Senior Thesis, which serves as the departmental comprehensive examination in the history major, and;
  2. The senior thesis produced in HI 499 Senior Thesis.

The comprehensive examination generally consists of a reflective essay in which students are challenged to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the outcomes 1) Knowledge and 2) Theory. The senior thesis is the primary means to assess each history major’s ability to produce a well-written work of historical scholarship as described in outcome 3) Praxis. The criterion for each outcome is: 100% of history majors will demonstrate knowledge and application of the outcome with at least 75% accuracy.

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