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Kriste Lindenmeyer


James Grubb
Constantine Vaporis
Ka-Che Yip

Associate Professors

Rebecca Boehling
Terry Bouton
Kate Brown
Amy Froide
Marjoleine Kars
Meredith Oyen
Daniel Ritschel
Anne Sarah Rubin
Michelle Scott

Assistant Professors

Susan McDonough
Denise Meringolo

Affiliate Research Professor

G. Rickey Welch

Senior Research Scholar

Linda Lear

Professor of the Practice

Barry Lanman

Adjunct Associate Professors

John Birkenmeier
Howard Smead


Andrew Nolan

Courses in this program are listed under HIST.

The history major and minor programs enable students to develop analytical and communication skills that broaden perspective on the past and the present. In addition to encouraging mature judgments, the history curriculum trains students to work sensibly and logically with a wide variety of evidence as problem solvers.

The UMBC Department of History boasts an award-winning faculty of internationally recognized scholars who take teaching as seriously as they do research. Small class sizes create an exciting atmosphere for learning as does an array of innovative courses. The department's faculty and programs also help students learn how to apply the knowledge and the analytical skills gained through the study of history satisfying careers and life-long learning.

Minor Programs

Recognizing that a basic understanding of history is a crucialcomponent of a liberal undergraduate education rather than a luxury, the department offers a minor in history. It allows students to complement their career interests and vocational goals by studying history as an ancillary field. To earn a minor in history, in addition to a major in another discipline, students must complete a total of 18 credits in history.

As with the major program, the minor requires that students complete
two broad introductory-level courses.

The required minimum score on CEEB Advanced Placement examinations may exempt a student from three of the six credits required in 100-level courses. The minor then provides great flexibility, allowing students the opportunity to concentrate on particular historical eras, interests or areas.

The minor consists of 18 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • HIST 110 Western Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 111 Western Civilization 1700 to the Present

  • HIST 101 American History to 1877
  • HIST 102 American History: 1877 to the Present

Elective Courses (12 credits)

At least 9 of these credits must be selected from 300- or 400-level history courses. No grade lower than a “C” in any course will be counted toward the minor.


The department offers a minor in East Asian history that gives concrete recognition to students who have achieved a broad understanding of East Asia through the completion of the required program. It will provide excellent preparation for students pursuing careers in international affairs, education, journalism, business and law.

Required Courses

  • HIST 103 East Asian Civilization (SS or C)
  • HIST 200 Themes in World History (SS)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Electives must be distributed in such a way that each student has six credits in Chinese and six credits in Japanese history. No grade lower than a “C" in any course will be counted toward the minor.

The 12 credits should be selected from the following courses: HIST
381, 383, 385, 387, 388, 458, 459, 477, 478, 479, 480, 494 and 497 (as

History/Social Studies Secondary Education Program

The Department of History offers a program for history majors seeking certification to teach history/social studies at the secondary level. This program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. In completing the specific requirements of this program, students also must complete the normal requirements for the history major described above. In addition, students must be admitted to and complete UMBC’s Secondary Teacher Education Program. Upon successful completion of the course work and student teaching, students are recommended for teacher certification in the state of Maryland.

The history/social studies secondary education program consists of 48 credits distributed as follows:

History Major core requirements (15 credits)

  • HIST 110 Western Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 111 Western Civilization 1700 to the Present

  • HIST 101 American History to 1877
  • HIST 102 American History, 1877 to the Present

  • HIST 103 East Asian Civilization
  • HIST 200 Themes in World History

  • HIST 201 Introduction to the Study of History

  • HIST 496 Historical Research (American)
  • HIST 497 Historical Research (non-U.S.)

Social Studies Emphasis (teacher certification) (33 credits)

Required History Courses (6 credits)

  • HIST 341 The Founding of the American Nation
  • HIST 347 The United States Since 1945

Required Supplementary Social Studies Courses (9 credits)

  • ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics

  • An introductory geography course
  • POLI 100 American Government and Politics

Elective History Courses (18 credits)

At least one course must relate to each of the following areas:

  • Anthropology and sociology
  • A pluralistic society
  • Current affairs and controversial issues.

(See either history or education advisors for a list of recommended courses in these areas.)

For a description of the 39 credits in teacher education courses, see the Secondary Education Program of the UMBC Department of Education.