2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History, B.A.

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The field of history is central to the liberal arts and is an essential area of study for producing an educated person. It is concerned with the human story in all of its manifestations in the past. History provides the critical insights necessary for understanding the contemporary world and comprehending the context in which one lives and works. The study of history relies heavily upon reading and all forms of analytical and narrative writing.

Maryville’s history major provides students with an encompassing global study of the interactions, activities and productivity of societies and cultures throughout time. The major’s objective is to develop an understanding of history that will serve as a foundation for any career path and a stimulus for a lifetime of interest and inquiry. A minor is required for a B.A. in History.

General Education Requirements:

  • One course in music, art, or performance
  • One other course in English or in a foreign language
  • One additional course chosen from English, humanities, philosophy, religion, or fine and performing arts
  • One other course chosen from among economics, political science, psychology, sociology, or anthropology
  • One science course and one additional course in math or science
  • Three elective courses approved by the adviser and selected from disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences.


History majors take a minimum of 39 credits in history and also complete a minor. At least 30 credits must be from courses above the 200 level.

History students must take two semesters of U.S. History survey courses and two semesters of World History. Students may select additional courses, with at least two three-credit courses coming from each of three area concentrations: American history, European history and non-Western history, including Russia.

A capstone course is required for all history majors and should be taken in the senior year:

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