The History Department

History at Allegheny is treated as a humane rather than a scientific discipline, emphasizing less the accumulation of data than the investigation, from various points of view of those ideas and institutions—political, religious, cultural, social, economic—by which people have endeavored to order their world. We believe that the study of history helps us to understand the differences and similarities between our own lives, thoughts, and habits and those of past cultures. It allows us to understand other people better through seeing them in their own contexts. Historical studies at Allegheny also assist in the development of conceptual skills, analysis, library research competence, writing fluency, and sophistication in the uses and abuses of knowledge.

The History Department offers a major and a general minor, as well as special minors in American, European, and non-Western history:

Major

The major in History leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree and requires successful completion of 46 semester credit hours of coursework in History, distributed as follows:

  • One course in the field of American History (4 credit hours)
  • One course in the field of European History (4 credit hours)
  • Two courses in the field of non-Western History (8 credit hours)
  • FSHIS 201 (4 credit hours)
  • One Junior Seminar (4 credit hours)
  • One Senior Project (6 credit hours)
  • A minimum of at least four courses (16 credit hours), excluding the Junior Seminar and Senior Project, must be taken at or above the 300+ level.

Minor

The minor in History requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of coursework in History, distributed as follows:

  • One course in the field of American History (4 credit hours)
  • One course in the field of European History (4 credit hours)
  • One courses in the field of Non-Western History (4 credit hours)
  • A minimum of at least two courses (8 credit hours), excluding the Junior Seminar, must be taken at or above the 300+ level.
  • One Junior Seminar (4 credit hours)

For a list of course numbers and descriptions, please see the Allegheny College Academic Bulletin 2014-2015.