History

  • Program Overview

    We must probe the past if we are to understand the problems of the present as well as the identity of humankind. Without history, we have no knowledge of who we are or how we came to be; we are like victims of collective amnesia groping in the dark for our identity.

    The history major is designed to enable the student to acquire a skilled and sustained sense of historical perspective as well as informed insight into historical method. But beyond this it seeks to develop those skills and attitudes of mind that distinguish the educated person: the habits of skepticism and criticism; of thinking with perspective and objectivity; of judging the good and bad and the in-between. It is hoped, in short, that the history major will lead the student to the attainment of life's greatest value: wisdom. To this end, the specific aims are to acquaint the student with the basic tools and methods of research and expression—both written and oral; and to develop in him/her the skills of analysis and synthesis for the evaluation of historical evidence with particular stress on sound writing and reading skills.

    The Department of History offers courses covering the remote and recent periods of history and stressing American, and European, and non-Western history. Thirty-three hours of credits, twenty-one in the upper level courses, are required of majors. The History Seminar integrates the student's previous concentration in either American or European History, and is required for all majors. A minor in history may be obtained by completing fifteen credits, including LHST 111, HIST 221, 222, and six additional upper division history credits.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Arts (Social Studies Teaching Certificate)
    • History Minor
    • Archaeology and Culture Minor

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.