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Chair

Marjoleine Kars

Professors

Rebecca L. Boehling
Scott Casper
James Grubb
Constantine Vaporis

Associate Professors

Terry Bouton
Kate Brown
Amy Froide
Marjoleine Kars
Denise Meringolo
Daniel Ritschel
Anne Sarah Rubin
Michelle Scott
Joseph N. Tatarewicz

Assistant Professors

Christy Ford Chaplin
Susan McDonough
G. Derek Musgrove
Meredith Oyen

Adjunct Associate Professors

Sandra Abbott
John Birkenmeier
Clayton Laurie

Lecturer

Julie Oakes

Program Director and Lecturer/ Universities at Shady Grove

Andrew Nolan

Professor of the Practice, Director Martha Ross Center for Oral History

Barry Lanman

Professor and Dean Emeritus

John Jeffries

Professors Emeriti

Warren Cohen
Sandra Herbert
Ka-Che Yip

Courses in this program are listed under HIST .

The history major and minor programs enable students to develop analytical and communication skills that broaden perspectives on the past, the present, and the future. In addition to encouraging mature judgments, the history curriculum trains students to work sensibly and logically with a wide variety of evidence to identify and solve problems as well as broaden their understanding of the diverse human experience.

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 intellectual atmosphere in 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 the past for satisfying careers in a wide range of fields and the importance of life-long learning.

Career and Academic Paths

Choosing to major or minor in history is excellent preparation for a variety of professional careers. The study of history provides skills in analytical thinking, writing and speaking. Graduates work in fields such as communications, marketing, management, education, finance and banking, government service, political advocacy, and public history and research. Many are engaged in social entrepreneurship through employment with non-profit foundations and think tanks. The study of history also provides exceptional preparation for a wide range of graduate programs and law school. At UMBC, history students regularly meet with faculty advisors to devise a personalized path of study matching their individual goals for the future. Students seeking K-12 teacher certification follow a specially designed course of study offered in conjunction with UMBC's Department of Education and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. The department also provides an Accelerated B.A./M.A. program for qualified advanced undergraduate students.

Academic Advising

Students are assigned or may request a specific academic advisor from the department's fulltime faculty when declaring history as a major or minor. Advisees are urged to utilize information on the Department of History Website (www.umbc.edu/history), frequently consult with their faculty advisor, take advantage of resources at UMBC's Career Services Office, and take part in department activities, especially the History Student Council.

Prelaw Advising

Advisor: Amy Froide. The study of history provides excellent preparation for careers in law, and the history major traditionally has been one of the most heavily represented undergraduate majors in American law schools. Recognizing this, the history department provides supplemental pre-law advising to history students considering law school.

Major Program

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History consists of 39 credits distributed as follows:

Required courses (15 credits)

  • HIST 110 Western Civilization to 1700
    OR
  • HIST 111 Western Civilization 1700 to the Present
  • HIST 101 American History to 1877
    OR
  • HIST 102 American History: 1877 to the Present
  • HIST 103 East Asian Civilization
    OR
  • HIST 200 Themes in World History
  • HIST 201 Introduction to the Study of History

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

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Electives must be distributed in such a way that each student has a minimum of 9 credits in American history and a minimum of 12 credits in European, Asian, Latin American or African history.

At least 9 of the 24 elective credits must come from history courses numbered 400 and above and the balance in courses numbered at 200 and above.

No grade lower than "C" in any course will be counted toward the major with the exception of HIST 391 (a Pass/Fail course). Students may apply up to 3 credits earned in HIST 391 as elective credits for the history major. The CEEB Advanced Placement Examination allows students achieving a minimum score to be exempted from the corresponding required 100-level courses and may earn credit toward both the history major and the university's graduation requirements.

Minor Programs

Recognizing that a basic understanding of history is a crucial component of a liberal arts 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
    OR
  • HIST 111 Western Civilization 1700 to the Present
  • HIST 101 American History to 1877
    OR
  • 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.

MINOR IN EAST ASIAN HISTORY

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
  • HIST 200 Themes in World History

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
applicable).

Minor in Public History

The history department has a strong and growing graduate program in public history, and the addition of this minor would allow it to expand its coverage in this field to include undergraduate students. A basic understanding of history is a crucial component of liberal undergraduate education, and public history provides a vital means for undergraduate students to connect their historical training to their future careers. This minor will give students strong training in basic historical skills, provide students with a solid grounding in historical content, expose students to the extensive career opportunities that the Baltimore and Washington regions offer in public history, and encourage them to gain practical experience through public history internships and practicums. The minor consists of 18 credits distributed as follows:

Required Core courses (12 credits)

HIST 201 Introduction to the Study of History or

HIST 300 Introduction to Public History

HIST 391 Internship in History

HIST 411 Public History Practices

Elective courses (6 credits)

• Students will take 6 additional credits; at least three of these credits must be in 300- or 400-level classes.

• Students may take any history classes as electives

• Students may also fulfill the six credits of the public history minor from the following:

AMST 205: Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

AMST 380: Community in America (3 credits)

AMST 422: Preserving Places, Making Spaces in Baltimore (3 credits)

AMST 424: Theories of Place and Space (3 credits)

GES 326: American Conservation Thought (3 credits)

GES 341: Urban Geography (3 credits)

GES 342: Metropolitan Baltimore (3 credits)

Take Note: The AMST and GES classes listed here have departmentally-specific prerequisites.

• With department approval, students may take up to 3 credits in non-history courses that complement a focus on public history.

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
    OR
  • HIST 111 Western Civilization 1700 to the Present
  • HIST 101 American History to 1877
    OR
  • HIST 102 American History, 1877 to the Present
  • HIST 103 East Asian Civilization
    OR
  • HIST 200 Themes in World History
  • HIST 201 Introduction to the Study of History
  • HIST 496 Historical Research (American)
    OR
  • 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 or Hist. 412: The American Revolution
  • HIST 347 The United States Since 1945

Required Supplementary Social Studies Courses (9 credits)

  • ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
    OR
  • 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.

Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program

History majors interested in taking graduate-level courses as an undergraduate may apply to enter the department's Accelerated B.A./M.A. program offered by the department. After earning the undergraduate degree, if accepted into the Historical Studies Master's Program, Accelerated B.A./M.A. students may count up to 9 credits earned as an undergraduate toward the M.A. degree. Students should apply in the junior year to begin the program during the senior year. For further information, contact the Department of History.

Evening and Part Time Options

The history major and minor programs can be completed by evening or part-time students. A significant number of courses, including required courses, are offered in the late afternoon, evening and in the winter and summer sessions. It should be noted, however, that not all courses are offered frequently or on a regular basis at those times.

Special Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to enhance their classroom experience by participating in internships in such organizations as the Maryland Historical Society, the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and other museums, archives and historical societies in the region. One agency wrote to thank UMBC's history department for "the wonderful employees and interns you have been sending us. To say we are satisfied with the quality of the people would be an understatement." For further information about internship opportunities, contact the Department of History or visit the Department of History Web site www.umbc.edu/history. The Department also supports the many initiatives at UMBC designed to offer a distinct undergraduate educational experience such as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement program, the Honors College, and departmental honors.

Student Organizations

History Student Council

All students are encouraged to participate in the History Student Council. The council meets monthly for lectures and informal discussions on historical topics and careers. The council also sponsors guest speakers and field trips to museums and historic sites. Phi Alpha Theta Qualified history majors may apply to join Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Members attend and often present papers at the yearly regional Phi Alpha Theta conference held at an area university. Information on the society is available in the history office.