Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Humanities
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

History Bachelor's Degree Program

The History major at the University of Mary has five faculty with expertise in the classical world, medieval Christian and Islamic worlds, early modern Europe, American history, and modern history. The 45-credit major incorporates core Western civilization history classes into world historical perspectives. The major is also notable for the three methods courses that give students an advanced understanding of the field: HIS 250 Historian’s Craft, HIS 381 Historiography and Prospectus, and HIS 481 Senior Seminar. In these methods classes, students not only work with faculty mentors but read such great historians as Herodotus, Thucydides, Eusebius, Josephus, Ibn Khaldun, Leopold von Ranke, Christopher Dawson, and contemporary figures. Tours and student colloquia help build relationships among history and history education students.

Mission and Identity of History at the University of Mary

The History program supports the mission of the University of Mary in its service to the region and its identity as Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine.

History seeks to understand how cultures and traditions of every time and place have answered and lived out the great human questions of meaning and purpose: what does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be good? What does it mean to live together in society? What is a good society? How does geography influence our work (economy) and our organization (society and politics)? How does place and work influence our culture? And how does the world of ideas interact with these concrete realities? The study of history helps the students to answers these questions for themselves.

Anchored in the Western tradition, the History program seeks to examine and understand the various cultures and traditions of the past. Through classroom study and discussion, colloquia, archival research, and community projects, students in History at the University of Mary will gain a depth of perspective and an incisiveness of mind that will form them deeply and carry them far beyond their time here at Mary.

History Program Outcomes

  1. Understand how the humanities and the human sciences help us know what it means to be human.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and historical thinking about the history of Christian culture and other cultures, and present them in various forms
  3. Construct independent historical arguments rooted in primary sources, archival research, and historiographical awareness

The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid.”

Livy, History Major

CAREER OUTLOOK for History Majors

The History and History Education majors at the University of Mary prepare students for graduate school (history, archeology, anthropology, law) or to enter the workforce in schools, museums, businesses, government, the military, historical societies, research organizations, libraries, publishing or touring companies, archives, and historical consulting firms. The History Education degree prepares students for careers in history education for grades 7-12. Students will be highly qualified to teach in history and in one of the following areas: economics, political science, or geography.

Historians possess skills in research, communication, and the formation of arguments based on evidence, and for many employees these skills are more important than the actual subject. In a recent survey of 225 employers, thirty-percent said that they specifically sought to hire students with liberal arts majors. Jennifer Floren, Founder and CEO, Experience, Inc., said this: “Of all the things employers look for when hiring entry-level talent, it’s the so-called ‘soft skills’ that 
are valued most: communication, teamwork, flexibility 
and positive attitude are by far the most sought-after skills. Employers understand that everything else can be taught, so they look for the most promising raw material to work with.” The History and History Education majors at the University of Mary excel in preparing students in these ways.

Employment of historians is projected to grow six percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations.

Federal government, which employed nearly one-quarter of all historians in 2012, is expected decline 12 percent over the coming decade, which will limit overall employment growth for historians.

Historians will experience faster employment growth outside of the federal government in historical societies, research organizations, and historical consulting firms. However, many types of organizations that employ historians depend on donations or public funding. Thus, employment growth from 2012 to 2022 will depend largely on the amount of funding available.

Major in History:

For a major in history, students are required to take the following courses:

  • HIS 101
  • HIS 102
  • HIS 250
  • HIS 271
  • HIS 202 or 272
  • HIS 300 level elective
  • HIS 400 level elective
  • HIS 300 level (modern)
  • HIS 300 or 400 level (medieval)
  • HIS 480
  • CTH/HSS 220 or ANT 171
  • PHI 317
  • PHI 318
  • CLA 310
  • CLA 311 or CLA 320
  • ENG 330 or ART 121
  • THE 303 or 306 or 440

Minor in History:

For a minor in history, students are required to take the following courses: 

  • HIS 101
  • HIS 102
  • HIS 250
  • CLA 310 or 311 or 320
  • HIS 300-400 level
  • HIS 480

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