History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people
than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.
History is the analysis and interpretation of the human past that enables us to study continuity and change over time. It is an act of both investigation and imagination that seeks to explain how people have changed over time. Historians use all forms of evidence to examine, interpret, revisit, and reinterpret the past. These include not just written documents, but also oral communication and objects such as buildings, artifacts, photographs, and paintings. Historians are trained in the methods of discovering and evaluating these sources, and the challenging task of making historical sense out of them. Nevertheless, historians do not always agree on interpretations of the past. The debated differences help expand and enhance our understanding of human development.
When you choose to study history at Benedictine University, you will learn to:
Students majoring in history must complete at least 36 hours in this field with a grade of "C" or better. At least 24 semester hours must be at the 200-level or above, of which at least nine semester hours must be at the 300-level. The 36 hours must include the following:
History majors must also take HUMN 220 (The Mediterranean World), HUMN 230 (The Baptism of Europe) and HUMN 250 (The Contemporary World) in the Cultural Heritage core. Transfer students must take HUMN 240 (Converging Hemispheres) and HUMN 250 as core courses and substitute HIST 101 (Western Civilization to 1715), or equivalent, for HIST 240.
History majors are required to demonstrate competency in a foreign language by completion of at least one foreign language course at or above the 202 level.
A minor in history consists of at least 21 hours of history courses completed with a "C" or better. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300-level. Students must complete HIST 111 (American History to 1865), HIST 112 (American History since 1865), and HIST 203 (Historiography).