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HISTORY

Why study history? When students ask this question, there are usually at least two other questions implied: "How can it help me make a living?" and "How can history make me a better person?" The answer to the first question is that history is a very broad subject including everything that has happened in the past. Because of its breadth, the study of history prepares a person for a considerable number of occupations and professions. In fact, the career possibilities are infinite (see the careers page). The second question is even more important, since making a living is only part of one's life. History is the collective experience of mankind. It provides perspective and knowledge which helps us understand the present and it presents a hope that we may avoid mistakes made in the past. As the most wide-ranging of all academic disciplines, history helps satisfy the curious mind which is not content with the present, but must query the past and attempt to peer into the future. History teaches us to collect, analyze and use evidence; such a trained mind is the most practical tool available to the human race.

The major in history requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses required are HIST 101, 102, 240, 241 and 498. Of the remaining 18 hours, a minimum of 15 hours in upper division courses is required with at least one upper division course coming from each of the following areas: United States History, European History to 1648, European History since 1648, and an area other than Europe or the United States.

 

Careers

- Local, State, Federal government public policy
- Community Affairs
- Political Advising
- Lobbying
- Curatorial and Archival Management

For more careers and information, go to the Career Services Center website and select "Connect majors to careers".

 

Coursework

For a listing of the coursework for this program follow this link to the academic plan.

* A minor is required for this degree.

 

WKU-O Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:
- 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate or Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

 

Internship

Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU-Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email david.powers@wku.edu for an appointment.

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