History - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History
305 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2882
history@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/history


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in History appeals to individuals seeking both a well-rounded educational experience and intellectual independence. The study of history, through the emphasis on research, examination, interpretation and reflection, offers thorough training in a range of skills, including the ability to read extensively and critically; the capability to apprehend, evaluate and analyze complex evidence, arguments and opinions; the know-how to develop and present a carefully informed, reasoned and crafted argument; confident and clear oral communication skills; and the capacity to undertake independent work and manage time effectively.

The History major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The European History concentration affords students the opportunity to study chronological and topical courses on the history of Western and Eastern Europe. Chronologically defined courses cover the full run of the civilization's history from the medieval period through recent decades. Topical courses address such areas as cultural, diplomatic, women's and military history, as well as race and gender. Students selecting this concentration can develop a chronological or topical specialization or select a broad array of courses. 
  • The Global History concentration provides courses on the history and culture of societies outside Europe and the United States. Geographically, students can study the histories of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Topical courses will address issues important to these regions, including race, gender, modernity, class, empire, colonialism and post-colonialism. Students selecting this concentration should consider developing a thematic or regional specialization.
  • The Pre-1800 History concentration affords students the opportunity to think about and explore developments in societies and cultures worldwide before the advent of modernity. Chronologically, the courses in this concentration focus primarily on the medieval and early modern periods up to and including the French Revolution. Geographically, courses in the Pre-1800 History concentration are offered in United States history, European history, and Global history and include a topical focus on culture, society, religion, science and politics. Students selecting this concentration may choose to focus the majority of their courses on a particular region of the world or a particular period in history before the nineteenth century. 
  • The United States History concentration affords students the opportunity to study the chronological and topical totality of the American experience. Chronologically defined courses cover the full run of the nation's history from European exploration and colonization through recent decades. Topical courses address such areas as cultural, diplomatic, women's and military history, as well as race and gender. Students selecting this concentration can develop a chronological or topical specialization or select a broad array of courses. 

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus
  • Stark Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Develop the ability to understand and apply a variety of basic historical methods.
  2. Develop and apply the skills to conduct original historical research. Students will learn to find, use, and analyze historical evidence and communicate their findings in an effective manner.
  3. Obtain historical content knowledge and understand the connectedness of historical events and the wide varieties of human experiences.
  4. Understand history as a discipline based on interpretation with historical questions constantly being reframed and investigated.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-HIST]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
HIST 32050HISTORICAL RESEARCH METHODS 3
HIST 49091SENIOR SEMINAR IN HISTORY (ELR) (WIC) 13
World and American History Electives, choose from the following:9
WORLD HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL (DIVG) (KHUM)
WORLD HISTORY: MODERN (DIVG) (KHUM)
EARLY AMERICA: FROM PRE-COLONIZATION TO CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (DIVD) (KHUM)
MODERN AMERICA: FROM INDUSTRIALIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION (DIVD) (KHUM)
European History Concentration Elective3
Global History Concentration Elective3
Pre-1800 History Concentration Elective3
United States History Concentration Elective3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-16
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Fine Arts3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 23
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 33
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)36
Concentrations
Choose from the following:9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Sciences section. The course may not be from the student's major.

3

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Foreign Language College Requirement

    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

    To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

    1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
    2. Elementary I and II of a second language
    3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    1

    All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

    2

    Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

European History Concentration Requirements [AS-BA-HIST-EHST]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
WORLD WAR II
HISTORY OF ENGLAND TO 1688
ENGLAND SINCE 1688
NATO:THE ENDURING ALLIANCE
THE PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC REFORMATIONS
SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE
HISTORY AND SOCIETY OF MODERN GREECE
HISTORY OF MODERN FRANCE
MODERN EUROPE, 1815 TO PRESENT
EUROPE IN THE RENAISSANCE
FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
MEDICINE IN THE MODERN WORLD SINCE 1500
SPECIAL TOPICS IN EUROPE SINCE 1500
NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE
MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY, 1914-1945
MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY:1945-PRESENT
CONSUMPTION AND MASS CULTURE IN MODERN EUROPE
WOMEN AND GENDER IN MODERN EUROPE
HISTORY OF GERMANY, 1871-PRESENT
IMPERIAL RUSSIA, 1689-1917
MODERN RUSSIA, 1917-PRESENT
POLITICS, CULTURE AND SOCIETY OF 20TH-CENTURY EUROPE
COMPARATIVE FASCISM
COLLOQUIUM:SAINTS, MONKS, AND THE MEDIEVAL COMMUNITY
THE HOLOCAUST:THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY, 1938-1945
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON
COLLOQUIUM:WOMEN IN MODERN EUROPE (DIVG) (WIC)
COLLOQUIUM ON VICTORIAN ENGLAND (WIC)
SPECIAL TOPICS: EUROPE SINCE 1500
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Global History Concentration Requirements [AS-BA-HIST-GHST]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
THE GLOBAL COLD WAR
CHINESE CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF JAPAN
TRADITION AND REVOLUTION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
INDIA SINCE 1526
VIETNAM WAR
THE SIXTIES: A THIRD WORLD VIEW
COMPARATIVE THIRD WORLD REVOLUTIONS
HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICA
HIGHLIFE HISTORIES: MODERN AFRICAN URBAN EXPERIENCE
ZIONISM AND ISRAEL
HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
ANCIENT AND EARLY MEDIEVAL JEWISH HISTORY
LATE MEDIEVAL AND MODERN JEWISH HISTORY
HISTORY OF AFRICAN CIVILIZATION
MODERN LATIN AMERICA (DIVG)
EARLY LATIN AMERICA
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GLOBAL HISTORY
HISTORY OF MODERN CHINA
HISTORY OF AFRICA, 1880-PRESENT
AFRO-LATIN AMERICA
COLLOQUIUM:CHINA AND JAPAN (WIC)
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Pre-1800 History Concentration Requirements [AS-BA-HIST-PRST]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
HISTORY OF ENGLAND TO 1688
THE PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC REFORMATIONS
SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE
EUROPE IN THE RENAISSANCE
WAR AND SOCIETY IN THE UNITED STATES FROM 1607 THROUGH 1865
ANCIENT AND EARLY MEDIEVAL JEWISH HISTORY
EARLY LATIN AMERICA
THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
MEDICINE IN THE MODERN WORLD SINCE 1500
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PRE-1800 HISTORY
ROMAN HISTORY
THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES
HISTORY OF COLONIAL AMERICA:1492-1714 (DIVD)
EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA:1714-1789 (DIVD)
COLLOQUIUM:SAINTS, MONKS, AND THE MEDIEVAL COMMUNITY
COLLOQUIUM:MEDIEVAL RUSSIA
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

United States History Concentration Requirements [AS-BA-HIST-UHST]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH POPULAR MUSIC
HISTORY OF OHIO
US FOREIGN RELATIONS THROUGH 1898
US FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1898-1945
US FOREIGN RELATIONS SINCE 1945
HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: RECONSTRUCTION TO THE PRESENT
SECTIONAL CONFLICT AND CIVIL WAR
RECONSTRUCTION AND THE LATER SOUTH
WAR AND SOCIETY IN THE UNITED STATES FROM 1607 THROUGH 1865
WAR AND SOCIETY IN THE UNITED STATES FROM 1865 TO THE PRESENT
MIGRATIONS TO AMERICA, 1607 TO PRESENT
PROGRESSIVE AMERICA: THE UNITED STATES, 1896-1919
NEW ERA THROUGH WORLD WAR: THE UNITED STATES, 1920-1945
RECENT AMERICA: THE UNITED STATES, 1945-PRESENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE:THE ARTS AND SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HISTORY
HISTORY OF COLONIAL AMERICA:1492-1714 (DIVD)
EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA:1714-1789 (DIVD)
JEFFERSON-JACKSON ERA, 1789-1848
THE UNITED STATES:THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT
AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY 1790-1876 (DIVD)
AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, 1876-PRESENT (DIVD)
THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN AMERICA
THE SIXTIES IN AMERICA
COLLOQUIUM:U.S. MIDDLE PERIOD, 1820-1900 (WIC)
COLLOQUIUM IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1877
COLLOQUIUM IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1877
SPECIAL TOPICS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
World and American History Electives 6
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
!World and American History Elective 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!HIST 32050 HISTORICAL RESEARCH METHODS 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!Declared Concentration Elective 3
!European or Global or Pre-1800 or United States History Concentration Elective 3
Foreign Language 3
College General Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!Declared Concentration Elective 3
!European or Global or Pre-1800 or United States History Concentration Elective 3
College General Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!Declared Concentration Elective 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!European or Global or Pre-1800 or United States History Concentration Elective 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!HIST 49091 SENIOR SEMINAR IN HISTORY (ELR) (WIC) 3
!European or Global or Pre-1800 or United States History Concentration Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120