2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 04, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, European/Classical Concentration, B.A.

History, B.A.

History affords the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of human encounters through the inquiry of one’s own and other’s cultures and societies as they have developed over time. The study of history is a meticulous intellectual discipline involving research techniques, problem solving, and the critical evaluation of evidence. Historians seek and critique what women and men of the past have left behind, what they have created and what imprints they have left on the global society.

Total 9 cr.

Areas of Concentration - 27 Hours

Each major will select an area of concentration from the following list for successful completion of the major in consultation with a faculty advisor. Freshmen are required to select the area of concentration by completion of second semester and transfer students are required to select the area of concentration by completion of first semester of enrollment.


The European/Classical and United States concentrations distributed as follows:

  • A primary area of concentration, selected from the above list, in which nine courses are taken.
  • Two (2) – 300 level courses
    Three (3) – 300 level colloquiums (HIS 320 , HIS 324 , HIS 331  or HIS 334 )
    Two (2) – 200 level courses
    One (1) – 200 level seminar (HIS 251  or HIS 261 )
    One (1) – 100 level course
  • Students must obtain a minimum course grade of “C” to receive credit toward the major.

Junior Qualifying Exam

All Majors must pass a written critical essay based on a topic within their specific concentration. Majors will be provided a scholarly article of approximately 25-30 pages and will have one week to write an essay of 8-10 pages in which he/she will: explain and assess the article and its arguments and evidence, and discuss its significance as a work of historical scholarship. Once the qualifying materials are picked up, Majors are expected to turn in their responses for evaluation. Failure to submit the exam on the due date will be regarded as having failed. Majors must have a pass percentage of 70 or higher in order to graduate. A student may take the written examination only twice. The written examination will be graded by three full-time faculty members. Each member’s numerical score will be added together and divided by three to compose the pass percentage. The examination is based on a “Pass” or “Fail” grading system. (Offered only in October and February of each academic year).

Senior Seminar Paper

The Senior Seminar Paper permits students to develop, research, write and defend a major essay, composing of 25-30 pages, of original historical research on a topic of their choice. This course is the culmination of their major and builds on training and writing completed in the earlier history courses. Students will work closely with one member of the Program of History. The student will defend and discuss their seminar paper during their Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination.

Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination

All Majors must pass a one-hour oral panel presentation covering their senior seminar/senior project topic. The panel presentation shall occur during the final semester prior to graduation. This permits for retake during the student’s last semester in case of failure. The panel board will be composed of three members including the department chair, students’ history advisor, one faculty member selected by the student, the Program Coordinator for History, and /or one faculty member selected by the students’ history advisor. If for some reason there is a doubling of responsibilities of any member, the student will select an alternative faculty member. Students may only sit for the oral panel presentation twice. The examination is based on a “Pass” or “Fail” grading system. (Offered each fall and spring semester only.) *Prerequisite: Completion of HIS 107 (Public History students are exempted), HIS 400 or HIS 401, HIS 454 or HIS 455 (for Public History students), fifteen credit hours in concentration, and a minimum of 90 credit hours.

Majors are required to pass both the Junior Qualifying Exam and Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination and submit all documents related to the Student Portfolio in order to graduate. The Junior Qualifying Exam, Student Portfolio, and Senior Oral Comprehensive Examination are not required for students minoring in history.

Language Requirement

Each Major is required to complete eight credit hours of a reading and speaking knowledge of a language other than English.

Degree Specific Requirements

Student Seminar 3 cr.

LE 100 First-Year Seminar  

Upper Division Hours 36 cr.

36 hours of upper division (300 - 400 level) course work

Professional Writing Requirement 3 cr.

EN 306A EN 306B EN 306C EN 307 CJ 450 , EDU 300 PS 300 SO 300 NS 306 HIS 452 HIS 453 HIS 454 HIS 455 MG 306 PS 406 PO 302 , or PO 405   

Modern Language Requirement

Completion of two, 4-hour elementary level modern language courses (103 and 104); or the second 4-hour elementary level modern language course (104) and one, 3-hour intermediate course (201); or one, 3-hour intermediate course (201).  Placement will be determined through a Modern Language Placement test.

Elementary Level 8 cr.

FR 103  and FR 104 ; or GE 103  and GE 104 ; or SP 103  and SP 104 ; or transfer equivalent


Secondary Level 7 cr.

FR 104  and FR 201 ; or GE 104  and GE 201 ; or SP 104  and SP 201 ; or transfer equivalent 


Intermediate Level 3 cr.

FR 202  or GE 202  or SP 202  or transfer equivalent 

Liberal Education Requirements

Writing Seminar 6 cr.

EN 105  and EN 106  

Math Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

MA 120 MA 135 , or higher math course excluding MA 208  

Communications Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA 103 CA 105 , or TH 105  

Computer Science Requirements 3 cr.

CS 140  Introduction to Computers

*May be satisfied by higher level course or department equivalent.

Citizenship Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

PO 200 PO 210 HIS 111 HIS 112 , or HIS 113  

Ethics Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA 302 CS 300 EDU 310 MG 495 NS 306 PA 380 PH 102 PH 221 PH 308 PS 220 , or SO 220  

Natural Science Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 214 CH 101 CH 102 CH 107  and CH 107L CH 108  and CH 108L GGP 115 GGP 120 GGP 205 GO 125 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 NS 220 NS 241 PY 101 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206  

*Computer Science and PE courses excluded.

Science with a lab Requirement 4 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 101 BI 111 BI 223 BIO 211 BIO 212 BIO 221 BIO 225 BIO 325 BIO 327 BIO 330 BIO 337L  and BIO 337 BIO 350 BIO 378 BIO 400 BIO 410 BIO 411 BIO 417 CH 107L  and CH 107 CH 108L  and CH 108 CH 317L  and CH 317 CH 318L  and CH 318 CH 328 CH 329 CH 337L  and CH 337 CH 405 CH 440 GGP 115 GGP 205 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 GO 310 GO 320 GO 330 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206    

Humanities Requirement 6 cr.

Select one of the following Art or English: 

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234  

And one of the following:

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234 CA 105 CA 115 CA 116 CA 235 ML 235 PH 101 PH 205 RE 109 SP 110 TH 100 TH 101 TH 201 TH 216   

Social Science Requirement 6 cr.

Select two of the following:

AN 100 CJ 100 CJ 200 EDU 210 GGH 110 GGH 200 HIS 104 HIS 105 PO 216 PS 101 PS 125 PS 205 SO 141 SO 206 , or SW 205  

Seminar: Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning 3 cr.

Select one of the topics for LE 300*  

Graduation Requirements

Park University confers the Associates of Arts degree at selected locations when a candidate has satisfied the following conditions:

  • Completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours with a cumulative 2.0 GPA (or higher dependent on major).
  • A minor is required (some may be discipline specific as noted in the major).

  • Satisfaction of all requirements for a major.

  • Completion of the Liberal Education requirements.

  • Completion of the degree specific requirements.

  • Completion of residency requirement, 30 hours of earned and graded (A, B, C, D) college hours at Park University. At least 15 of these 30 hours must be in the major core.