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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018

History, B.A.


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Objectives


History is a set of evolving practices that allow us to interpret the past with clarity, rigor, and an appreciation for interpretive debate. It requires evidence, sophisticated use of information, and a deliberaive stance to explain change and continuity over time. As a profoundly public pursuit, history is essential to active and empathetic citizenship and requires effective communication to make the past accessible to multiple audiences. As a discipline, history entails a set of professional ethics and standards that demand peer review, citation, and toleration for the provisional nature of knowledge. The LMU History Department’s core competencies and student learning outcomes are adapted from the AHA Tuning Project: History Discipline Core (see http://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/tuning/history-discipline-core).

History Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Engage in historical inquiry, research, and analysis.
    1. Develop a disciplined, skeptical stance and outlook on the world that demands evidence and sophisticated use of information.
    2. Understand the dynamics of change over time.
    3. Explore the complexity of the human experience, across time and space.
    4. Evaluate a variety of historical sources for their credibility, position, and perspective.
    5. Read and contextualize materials from the past with appropriate precision and detail.
  2. Practice historical empathy.
    1. Value the study of the past for its contribution to lifelong learning and critical habits of mind that are essential for effective and engaged citizenship.
    2. Develop a body of historical knowledge with range and depth.
    3. Recognize the ongoing provisional nature of knowledge.
    4. Interpret the past in context; contextualize the past on its own terms.
    5. Explore multiple historical and theoretical viewpoints that provide perspective on the past.
  3. Understand the complex nature of the historical record.
    1. Distinguish between primary and secondary materials and decide when to use each.
    2. Choose among multiple tools, methods, and perspectives to investigate and interpret materials from the past.
    3. Recognize the value of conflicting narratives and evidence.
  4. Generate significant, open-ended questions about the past and devise research strategies to answer them.
    1. Seek a variety of sources that provide evidence to support an argument about the past.
    2. Develop a methodological practice of gathering, sifting, analyzing, ordering, synthesizing, and interpreting evidence.
    3. Identify and summarize other scholars’ historical arguments.
  5. Craft historical narrative and argument.
    1. Generate a historical argument that is reasoned and based on historical evidence selected, arranged, and analyzed.
    2. Write effective narrative that describes and analyzes the past for its use in the present.
    3. Understand that the ethics and practice of history mean recognizing and building on other scholars’ work, peer review, and citation.
    4. Defend a position publicly and revise this position when new evidence requires it.
  6. Practice historical thinking as central to engaged citizenship.
    1. Engage a diversity of viewpoints in a civil and constructive fashion.
    2. Work cooperatively with others to develop positions that reflect deliberation and differing perspectives.
    3. Apply historical knowledge and analysis to contribute to contemporary social dialogue.

Major Requirements


Lower Division Requirements:


16 semester hours, distributed as follows:


  • Three lower-division history surveys:
    • 1 World or Europe (10xx, 11xx, or 12xx)
    • 1 US (13xx or 14xx)
    • 1 World Regions (Asia, Africa, Latin America, or Middle East): (15xx, 16xx, 17xx, or 18xx)
  • One methodology and historiography course, HIST 2000 What Is History?  

Upper Division Requirements:


24 semester hours, distributed as follows and chosen in consultation with the student's advisor:


  • 1 Europe (31xx, 32xx, 41xx, 42xx)
  • 1 US (33xx, 34xx, 43xx, 44xx)
  • 1 Transnational or World Region (30xx, 35xx, 36xx, 37xx, 38xx, 40xx, 45xx, 46xx, 47xx, or 48xx)
  • 2 additional upper-division history courses (3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx)
  • 1 Seminar (5000-5899)

Note:


An average grade of C (2.0) must be obtained in the courses included in the major.

Secondary Teacher Preparation Program in Social Science (History)


For information on this program, see the Secondary Teacher Preparation  Program section in this Bulletin.

History Model Four-Year Plan


The normal course load is 16 semester hours (4 classes). By following the model below, a student will complete all lower division core requirements by the end of the sophomore year as well as HIST major prerequisites. Note that core areas are suggested to provide a distribution of various disciplines every semester. Please be flexible implementing these suggestions, given your own interests and course availability. In four years, this plan meets all common graduation requirements, provided students take an average of 16 hours each semester.

Freshman Year


Fall Semester


  • HIST Lower Division 4 semester hours
  • FFYS 1000 First Year Seminar 3 OR 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • HIST Lower Division 4 semester hours
  • RHET 1000 Rhetorical Arts 3 OR 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


  • HIST Lower Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • HIST 2000 What Is History? 4 semester hours
  • HIST Upper Division 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester


  • HIST Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • HIST Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • HIST Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester


  • HIST Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • HIST Seminar 5000-5899 4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

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