Bachelor of Arts in History
The Department offers a traditional liberal arts degree in History. The study of history offers students excellent training in critical reading and the analysis of evidence, the ability to form complex arguments and convey them in clear and persuasive prose, and an elaborate understanding of people, societies, and historic change. These are skills highly prized in all walks of life, from law school to museums and from higher education to top-ranked business firms. Once students pass introductory classes in historic methods and world and American history, they can choose from a wide variety of classes on different periods and geographic areas, as well as special topic areas in history. Under the supervision of their advisor, students can choose to specialize in a few subjects or to design a more comprehensive plan of historical study. Further information on the Bachelor of Arts in History and the history minor is available here.
Bachelor of Arts in History with Class A License to teach Social Studies
The History Education B.A. with Licensure in Social Studies 7-12 is a nationally recognized program with accreditation from the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preperation. Its graduates have found successful, fulfilling careers in high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools in Mississippi and across the United States. Unlike alternate route programs, the History Education B.A. combines rigorous coursework in history and the other social sciences with a semester-long practicum and student teaching experiences under a variety of master teachers. Practicum and student teaching supervision is carried out by History Department faculty with extensive 7-12 teaching experience in Mississippi classrooms. Coursework in classroom management, assessment, the education of exceptional students, and methods of teaching social studies in the secondary schools help candidates gain both theoretical and practical knowledge. Requirements for formal admission into the University's teacher education program include 44 hours of selected core courses, a 2.75 G.P.A., the passage of a basic technology literacy examination, and passing scores on the Praxis I test (or acceptable scores on the SAT or ACT.) For additional information please contact Dr. Jill Abney. For the Social Studies Licensure advisement checklist, CLICK HERE.
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
The mission of the international studies program is to develop the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills of students, to promote their interdisciplinary and cross-cultural expertise in world affairs, and to enhance their knowledge within a specific geographic concentration. In pursuit of these goals, students, in consultation with the program director, select appropriate courses from across a wide range of departments, including History, Political Science, Anthropology and Sociology, Religion, and Foreign Languages. Instead of working through a rigidly defined common curriculum, students are actively encouraged to use this program's freedom and flexibility as a means for exploring the issues and areas that interest and excite them. Like most liberal arts programs, international studies prepares students to enter graduate or professional school and puts them on the first step towards careers in government, business, media, nongovernmental organizations, research, and education. An International Studies advisement checklist is available (PDF). For additional information please contact Dr. Brian LaPierre.
Advising for Department of History Majors
The Department provides advising for all majors. For more information on advising for Bachelor and International Studies majors, please visit our advising webpage.