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History

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Options

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Program Overview

The discipline of history lies at the core of a liberal education.  Students of history learn and analyze the major social, political, and economic forces that have caused change over time with an eye to understanding the present in the light of the past. Drake’s History Department courses focus mostly on the modern period (c.1500 to the present), have a world historical emphasis, and investigate those ideas and institutions by which people have shaped and ordered their world.

At a time when the average college graduate will work in four or more different professions during their lifetime, the History Department’s program prepares and empowers students with modular and transferable skills. Our curriculum helps students to think clearly; to research, analyze, and interpret a broad range of materials available across multiple media; and to express themselves cogently both orally and in writing. With these skills, students are prepared to pursue careers in business, industry, government service, numerous professions, and the advanced study of history.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The B.A. in History requires 39 credit hours. Students can obtain these credits by taking all history courses or by doing the 27+12 option. These two options are described below.

For the history major, at least 15 hours must be completed at Drake.

All History Courses Option

This option requires students to complete the major by taking 39 credit hours of History classes.

Course Credits
Introductory-level courses (001-099) 9
HIST 001 - Passages to 1750 3
HIST 002 - Passages Since 1750 3
Three hours of other introductory-level courses 3
HIST 100 - Doing History: The Historian's Craft 3
Advanced-level courses (101-149) 6
Colloquia (150-190) 6
Capstone (196-197) 3
Electives - Select twelve credits at any level 12
TOTAL (All History Option) 39

27+12 Option

This option involves taking 27 credit hours of history classes and counting 12 credit hours (100 level classes) from a second related major towards the B.A. in History. Approved majors for this option include: Politics, International Relations, LPS, Philosophy and Religion, English, Culture and Society, Economics, Art History, Journalism, and Education. Consult with your advisor to determine other disciplines that may qualify. For example, students with majors in Biology, Psychology, and ENSP have also designed interdisciplinary Double Majors in History with their advisor’s approval.

Course Credits
Introductory-level courses (001-099) 9
HIST 001 - Passages to 1750 3
HIST 002 - Passages Since 1750 3
Three hours of other introductory-level courses 3
HIST 100 - Doing History: The Historian's Craft 3
Advanced-level classes (101-149) 6
Colloquia (150-190) 6
Capstone (196-197) 3
Electives - Select twelve credits of 100-level courses from a single related major 12
TOTAL (27 + 12 Option) 39

 

Students must complete 21 credit hours to earn a History minor.  Students may not apply credits from a related discipline towards the minor.  For the history minor, at least 12 hours must be completed at Drake.

Course Credits
Advanced-level classes (100-149) 6
Colloquia (150-190) 6
History electives 9
TOTAL 21

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