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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Major

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Lilly Goren Chair of History, Political Science and Religious Studies
Scott Hendrix Associate Professor of History
Abigail M. Markwyn Professor of History
Kimberly A. Redding Associate Professor of History

The History Program offers a major in history and a minor in history. The History Program also offers a Carroll3 Plan, certification in Broadfields education (grades 7-12), and a pre-PT program that includes both a B.A. and all prerequisites for the graduate level Physical Therapy Program.

The nine-course history major serves students who not only seek an education in the liberal arts, but also realize the value of history for understanding themselves and their world. Because Carroll’s history program prioritzes analytical, communicative and critical thinking skills, and because our courses often encourage interdisciplinary thinking, a history major prepares students for careers in public service, education, business, and management, while also offering a strong foundation for advanced study in library science, law and other disciplines.

Learning Outcomes for History

Upon successful completion of major requirements students will be able to:

  1. Employ tools of historical analysis such as cause and effect, sequence and change over time to explain past experiences and developments.
  2. Define a historical question and use appropriate methodologies to develop and evaluate possible answers.
  3. Find evidence and evaluate primary and secondary sources to form sustainable conclusions in a well-argued paper.
  4. Articulate and/or resolve conflicting interpretations and explain the changing nature of historical inquiry.
  5. Communicate original, convincing ideas in well-organized oral and written formats.
  6. Identify and explain central themes and problems of the Western World.
  7. Identify and explain central themes and problems of a non-western culture.

Core Courses

Other Pre-approved Courses


  • All 300-level classes are research courses. Students should have some familiarity with research methodology and independent analysis and will produce a work of serious scholarship.
  • At least one of the 4 courses chosen to fulfil III and IV above must be a 200 or 300-level course in Political Science, Philosophy, or Religious Studies.

History 499, Capstone: Senior Seminar for Historians

Teacher Certification

The department recommends that students majoring in history who seek certification to teach at the early adolescence through adolescence (formerly 6 - 12) level complete the requirements for the Broad Field Social Studies license. Please contact a history faculty member or education advisor regarding these requirements.

The State of Wisconsin requires content area examinations (Praxis II) in order to receive certification to teach at the early adolescence through adolescence level and to adequately demonstrate competence. For this reason, students seeking to teach history at this level are urged to take HIS 103 , HIS 104 , HIS 105 , HIS 106  and HIS 108 .

Pre-Physical Therapy 4 Year Plan

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts are:

  • Students must take 8 credits in the same modern language (MLL) other than English, this does not include American Sign Language. Carroll University will accept a total of 8 transferred credits from another college/university as long as all 8 credits are completed in the same language.
  • **International students who have English as their second language should contact the Registrar concerning the Modern Language requirement.
  • 4 Hour(s) or higher
  • 4 Hour(s)
  • Degree requirements cannot be waived.


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major

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