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.
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.