History Overview

History Library Resources  

Lorraine Coons, Ph.D., Professor of History, Chair
David R. Contosta, Ph.D., Professor of History
Alexander Varias, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, History
William T. Walker, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History 
 

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Chestnut Hill College offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History as well as a minor in History. Also offered is the interdisciplinary minor in Women’s Studies. Interested students should contact Lorraine Coons, Room 377, Fournier Hall. Telephone: 215.248.7184. Email: lcoons@chc.edu.

A minimum Career GPA of 2.00 and a minimum Major GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation. Courses Required in the Major comprise the Major GPA. Unless indicated, students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses both Required in the Major and Also Required in order to successfully complete the requirements for the Major. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for a Minor.

Departmental Mission  

The objective of the program is to give the History Major or minor a deep awareness of the importance of the historical perspective through courses ranging from ancient times until the present. The student has the opportunity to learn about the self and to analyze historical consciousness. History students are prepared for a wide variety of careers: law, paralegal work, public service, diplomatic service, communications, secondary school teaching, college/university teaching, museums, archives and historical societies, and graduate school.

Honor Societies and Honors  

Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in History, requires a minimum Career GPA of 3.00 and a 3.10 GPA in History. Eligible candidates must also rank in the top 35% of their class. Both majors and minors are eligible for nominations into the society upon completion of 12 semester hours of coursework in History.

Outstanding students may be invited to participate in the Departmental Honors program. Sophomores of high scholastic standing (a Career GPA of 3.50 or higher) may be invited by their major department to stand for Honors in their Junior and Senior years. The Departmental Honors program provides an opportunity for independent study and research culminating in an Honors thesis submitted in the spring of Senior year. All students who have successfully completed the Honors Program will be recognized with Honors in their major field at the annual Honors Convocation and on their academic transcripts. In addition, the title of the completed Honors Thesis will appear on the academic transcript.

Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement credit for HIST-101: West Civilization: Antiquity-Renaissance is given to those majors who have attained a test score of 3 or better on the Advanced Placement History test. However, non-majors who have earned a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement History test may transfer those 3 credits in as an elective course for graduation, but it does not fulfill the Historical Ways of Knowing requirement.

Teacher Certification Program/Secondary Education Minor  

Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Grades 7 -12) is available to History majors. The undergraduate program in Secondary Education integrates educational theory and practice with field experiences that include practicum and student teaching, and includes opportunities to develop teaching competence through innovative and effective approaches to the educational process with focus on students at the secondary level of education. Students in the minor are expected to complete all courses for Secondary Certification including student teaching. See the Education Department section of the catalog for additional information.

 

Students may complete student teaching after graduation but the minor will not be included on the transcript unless student teaching is successfully completed. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the minor. Following formal acceptance into the minor, students need to complete the following for the History major/Secondary Education minor:

EDSC-201: Adolescent Psychology and Development

EDSC-202: Educational Psychology (WOK: Behavioral)

EDSC-203: The Foundations of High School

EDSC-315: General Methods & Assessment

EDSC-316: Content Reading for Diverse Learners

EDSC-317: Special Methods-English/Soc Studies

EDSC-420: Student Teaching in Secondary School (6 credits)

EDSC-421: Student Teaching Seminar/Secondary School

EDSP-340: Introduction to Special Education

EDSP-345: Assessments and Adaptations

EDSP-355: Instruction in Inclusive Environment

EDSP-390: ESL Foundations and Methods

ECON-101: Principles of Macroeconomics (WOK: Behavioral)

ECON-102: Principles of Microeconomics (WOK: Behavioral)

GEOG-201: World Geography: Humanity and the Environment

HIST-101: West Civilization: Antiquity-Renaissance (WOK: Historical)

Choice of:

  • HIST-102: West Civilization: Protestant Reformation – Present (WOK: Historical)
    OR
  • HIST-104: Topics in Global History (WOK: Historical)

HIST-141: American Survey: Colonial - Civil War (WOK: Historical)

HIST-142: American Survey: Reconstruction – Present (WOK: Historical)

HIST-250: The Pennsylvania Experience (WOK: Historical)

Two courses (6 credits) in Political Science selected from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • PSCI-101: Introduction to Political Science (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSCI-112: American State and Local Government (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSCI-113: American Political Process (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSCI-140: Introduction to World Politics (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSCI-214: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSCI-230: Introduction to Comparative Politics (WOK: Behavioral)

Two courses (6 credits) in Psychology including but not limited to the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • PSYC-101: General Psychology (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSYC-103: Child Development (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSYC-104: Adolescent Development (WOK: Behavioral)
  • PSYC-206: Theories of Personality (WOK: Behavioral)

Two courses (6 credits) in Sociology including but not limited to the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • SOCI-101: Introduction to Sociology (WOK: Behavioral)
  • SOCI-103: Social Problems (WOK: Behavioral)
  • SOCI-104: Major Global Problems (WOK: Behavioral)
  • SOCI-127: Ethnicity (WOK: Behavioral)

Course Options  

A variety of History courses are open to students in any major wishing to fulfill a Historical Ways of Knowing; a Writing Intensive requirement; or wanting to pursue interests without committing to a minor. The courses available to students in any major include the following, which may not be offered every semester. Check the Course Descriptions for any Pre-Requisites:

 

HIST-101: Western Civilization: Antiquity-Renaissance (WOK: Historical)

HIST-102: Western Civilization: Protestant Reformation – Present (WOK: Historical)

HIST-104: Topics in Global History (WOK: Historical)

HIST-106: Survey of Women’s History (WOK: Historical)

HIST-110: History of East Asia (WOK: Historical)

HIST-141: American Survey: Colonial - Civil War (WOK: Historical)

HIST-142: American Survey: Reconstruction – Present (WOK: Historical)

HIST-200: Ancient Near-Eastern and Mediterranean World (WOK: Historical)

HIST-201: Ancient Greece (WOK: Historical)

HIST-202: Ancient Rome (WOK: Historical)

HIST-204: Medieval Europe and the Surrounding World (WOK: Historical)

HIST-205: Renaissance/Reformation: 1450-1648 (WOK: Historical)

HIST-210: Europe in the 20th Century (WOK: Historical)

HIST-212: Culture and Society in Modern Europe (WOK: Historical)

HIST-214: 20th Century Germany (WOK: Historical)

HIST-218: French Revolution (WOK: Historical and Writing Intensive)

HIST-219: France and the Modern World (WOK: Historical and Writing Intensive)

HIST-220: Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (WOK: Historical)

HIST-224: History of Great Britain/Tudors – Present (WOK: Historical)

HIST-226: Europe in the Age of World War (WOK: Historical)

HIST-228: Women in Modern European Society (WOK: Historical)

HIST-231: History of American Foreign Relations (WOK: Historical)

HIST-233: America and the Two World Wars (WOK: Historical)

HIST-236: Progressive America/1900-1940 (WOK: Historical)

HIST-245: The 1960s and its Legacies (WOK: Historical)

HIST-246: History of Vietnam (WOK: Historical)

HIST-247: African Americans During the Age of Slavery (WOK: Historical)

HIST-248: African Americans Since Emancipation (WOK: Historical)

HIST-250: The Pennsylvania Experience (WOK: Historical)

HIST-270: History of Chestnut Hill (WOK: Historical)

HIST-275: Film and History (WOK: Historical)

HIST-281: Special Topics in History/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit) (WOK: Historical)

HIST-322: Genocide in the Modern World (WOK: Historical and Writing Intensive)

HIST-330: Revolution/War/Peace: Women’s Activism in the Modern World (WOK: Historical and Writing Intensive)

HIST-332: Cities and Suburbs (WOK: Historical)

HIST-334: The American Presidency (WOK: Historical)

HIST-343: The Civil War and American Life (WOK: Historical)