Feb 25, 2024  
Mansfield University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History, Bachelor of Arts

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Offered by the Department of History, Education, Philsophy, Political Science and Sociology

The Department of History, Education, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology offers two history degrees: a B.A. in History, and a B.S.Ed. in Social Studies: History. We offer minors in history, political science, international studies, and environmental studies.

History Program

The past is a living, dynamic subject and very much a part of today. This program in the humanities provides a solid background in the methods and concepts of historical investigation and introduces students to the various schools of historical interpretation. It includes courses in American, European, and Non-Western history, as well as a wide variety of arts and sciences courses.

The mission of the History Program includes

  • Providing a broad, balanced education in the discipline of history
  • Developing skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communicating (both written and oral) through research and applications
  • Nurturing attitudes and values conducive to lifelong learning and to active, effective citizenship
  • Encouraging the academic study of leadership and leadership skills in historical context


The History programs of Mansfield University prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills to be effective historians.  Students who pursue a B.S.Ed. degree in Social Studies:  Historians are trained to be reflective teachers who believe that all students can learn and help them to do so. The research and writing skills developed in our programs also open opportunities in many other areas. History is excellent preparation for law school. Combined with the appropriate courses, it provides a good background for journalism. Producers of television shows, documentaries, and movies, with settings in the past, all have research staff to ensure historically accurate productions. History graduates work in such diverse careers as editing publications, archival management, foreign service, and museums.

Goals and Values

The History program promotes the acquisition of historical knowledge, critical thinking, writing, and research skills in the context of a liberal arts education.   The program supports the Mansfield strategic goal of making a liberal arts education the foundation for every student.  To do that, it offers numerous courses approved for the general education program.  The program also supports the Mansfield strategic objectives to improve the first year experience, provide superior academic advising, and develop programs that encourage faculty to interact with and mentor students. 


  • Possess an understanding of course information from the required content courses.
  • Gain knowledge of the social, political, cultural, and economic impact of historical events and place them in a global context.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how history is interpreted to the public.

Student Learning Outcomes

In all history programs students will accomplish the following:

  • Demonstrate factual and conceptual understanding of historical events.
  • Articulate knowledge of global societies, their historical geographies, and their comparative historical contexts.
  • Reflect an understanding of the roles of race, class, gender, and ethnicity in history.
  • Acquire familiarity with the uses and the limitations of historical comparison as an analytic tool.
  • Recognize and demonstrate use of multiple forms of evidence and sources when researching a topic.
  • Write clear, well organized, properly documented, and grammatical prose.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of skills permitting them to locate, identify, order, and communicate pertinent historical information to the general public through a variety of media.

Program Requirements: History, (B.A.): 120 s.h.

Total Credit Hours: 39

Applied History Concentration

This program is currently in moratorium and no longer accepting new students.

The Applied History concentration within the History program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the academic training and experience to pursue further study or employment in the public history sector (including museums, archives, historical societies, historic sites).

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the Public History concentration, students will:

  • posses an understanding of course information from the required content courses
  • understand the best methods for communicating the above-noted understanding to a public audience
  • demonstrate the acquisition of skills permitting them to locate, identify, order, and communicate pertinent historical data to the general public

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Public History concentration, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of reflective practice in public history through written assignments.
  • Develop an understanding of enduring critical issues associated with the practice of public history through written assignments and graded discussions.
  • Undertake a public history project, either individually or as members of a team.

Total Credit Hours: 48

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