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HISTORY.

B.A. Degree in History
Minor in History
Secondary Teacher Licensure

History Degree – Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Gain the knowledge to place historical aspects – events, ideas and concepts – into the context of the times and society.

Students pursuing a History degree at Catawba College analyze and interpret aspects of History to understand culture, politics, and society.  As such, History helps students to critically view and understand the past to better appreciate themselves and their world. This appreciation is built from practical, hands-on experiences at a local level and through intense, relevant coursework.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History helps develop the knowledge, abilities, and values that are central in the study of History and in liberal education. These attributes prepare students for success in later life as individuals and as members of a democratic society. Catawba College’s History Department faculty is dedicated to preparing its graduates for useful and productive 21st century careers and lives.

Catawba College History majors gain fundamental knowledge in U.S., European, and Non-Western history, and have the opportunity to explore upper-level courses in these three areas such as Ancient Seminar, Early Modern Seminar, Early American Seminar, Readings in Non-Western History, and more. As a History undergraduate, you will be asked to think critically and independently, to demonstrate strong communication skills, and to accept responsibility for the development of your own educational career.


Minor in History

Catawba College offers a minor in History.


Secondary Teacher Licensure

If you want to pursue a career as a secondary (grades 9-12) History teacher, you will need a teacher licensure in Comprehensive Social Studies.  Catawba College students must satisfy the requirements for the B.A. degree in History, complete a Secondary Education Minor and have a semester-long experience student teaching. Students pursuing Comprehensive Social Studies licensure should consult with the Department of Teacher Education for additional required coursework.


History Program Highlights

Catawba College History Department curriculum was totally redesigned for the 2018-2019 academic year. The History major centers on the seminar model and provides students with the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in life outside of Catawba, regardless of what profession they end up in.

The History Department at Catawba seeks to ensure that students embrace intellectual curiosity and growth; practice citizenship, service, and civility; develop respect for the intrinsic value of all human beings; and engage in a process of academic reflection during their collegiate career.  

Catawba Student
History Scholarships.

Incoming students with a desire to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in History may be eligible for History Scholarships provided by a newly established gift for Catawba’s Department of History.

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Internships in History.

Gain professional experience and content for your resume by completing internships related to a History degree. Catawba College students’ internships have included documenting and recording oral histories, serving as docents and guides at historic properties, and work archiving historic images and artifacts.

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Study Abroad and at Home in History.

Visit the beaches of Normandy and enter the camp of Auschwitz to gain perspective on World War II, or closer to home, explore the fact and fiction of small-town Sheriff Andy Taylor and his television home of Mayberry through excursions to the N.C. town of Mt. Airy. Far and wide, Catawba students unearth historic facts and fiction.  Some History courses have built-in travel components, while independent study and practicum courses allow students to craft their own travel experiences both domestically and abroad.

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Undergraduate Research in History.

Catawba College History majors are encouraged to conduct and present independent historic research. History undergrads have presented their work at the annual campus Interdisciplinary Creativity and Research Symposium, at the North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium and at professional conferences.

RELATED BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Outcomes

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JOBS FOR HISTORY MAJORS.

History majors from Catawba College are shaping events and their contexts in the following positions:

  • Lawyer (both public and private)
  • Legislative Aide
  • High School History Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Docent
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Copyright Editor
  • Dramaturge
  • Journalist
  • Accountant
  • Pastor
 
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Catawba College History majors are well-prepared when they decide to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree after graduation. 

Our History graduates are accepted into these institutions:

  • UNC Greensboro
  • Virginia Polytechnical Institute
  • UNC - Charlotte
  • Wake Forest University
  • King's College London (University of London)
  • Campbell University

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“Altogether I have greatly cherished my time at Catawba because my experiences and involvement have crafted me into a stronger leader, an inquisitive scholar, and an all-around better person.”

Alex T. Turner '18
Worked with faculty to create and pursue an individualized major in History and Philosophy

A member of the College Honors Program, Alex was one of only nine students in the Class of 2018 who researched, wrote and presented an honors thesis.  His was titled, “The Path to Virtue: An Analysis of Ancient Chinese Views of Virtue, and War in the Dao de Jing and the Analects.” He was also the male recipient of the prestigious Whitener Award, given annually to a male and female in the graduating class who exemplify Scholarship, Character, Culture and Service.

Faculty

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Professor of Politics and History, has research interests in Southern politics, North Carolina politics, campaigns & elections, law, and judicial politics. He currently serves as an election and political analyst for several Charlotte television stations and is a sought-after commentator on a variety of issues related to Southern politics.  This bow-tie-wearing professor has been recognized at Catawba as a Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Gary Freeze

Dr. Gary Freeze

Dr. Gary Freeze, Professor of History and American Cultural Studies, is a recognized and honored expert on North Carolina history.  He has taught classes and workshops on the Andy Griffith Show and created a major exhibit about it for the Mt. Airy Museum of Regional History.He has authored an eighth grade social studies textbook on N.C. History, and recently completed a multi-volume, ground-breaking local heritage project on the history of Catawba County, N.C. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the State of N.C. in recognition of his work in his academic field and has been recognized on the Catawba campus as a Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Salvatore Musumeci

Dr. Salvatore Musumeci

Dr. Salvatore Musumeci, Chair and Associate Professor of History and Classics, is a socio-cultural historian with an interest in the material and visual cultures of Europe between 1300 and 1600. His research deals primarily with consumable goods (esp. food and wine), the social imagination in medieval and Renaissance Italy; and the reception and influence of classical texts and ideas in medieval and early modern Europe.

Dr. Norris Feeney

Dr. Norris Feeney

Dr. Norris Feeney, Assistant Professor of Politics, enjoys reading and hearing arguments (or creating his own) that build towards an answer much more than reaching the conclusion or answer. Studying both Comparative and International Politics gives him perhaps the largest possible playground to explore in his discipline. The questions he likes to explore touch on the deeper questions of the nature of man and why we interact with one another the way we do.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in History
Required Courses for B.A. in History

HIST1492 Global History and Cultural Traditions

3

HIST1776 American History and Cultural Traditions

3

HIST2000 The Historian’s Craft

3

Seminars in American History (3000 level or above):

9

Seminars in European History (3000 level or above)

9

Seminars in Non-Western History (3000 level or above)

6

Readings in History (4000 level)

3

HIST4999 Thesis

4
 

Total:

40

Required Courses for Minor in History
Required Courses for Minor in History

HIST1492 Global History and Cultural Traditions

3

HIST1776 American History and Cultural Traditions

3

HIST2000 The Historian’s Craft

3

Seminars in American History (3000 level or above)

3

Seminars in European History (3000 level or above)

3

Seminars in Non-Western History (3000 level or above)

 

Total:

18

Requirements for Teacher Licensure
Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Students seeking secondary (grades 9-12) teacher licensure in Comprehensive Social Studies must satisfy the requirements for the B.A. degree in History and the requirements for undergraduate teacher licensure (including the Secondary Education Minor and student teaching) outlined under the heading for the Department of Teacher Education in the Catawba College catalog. Students must include in their program: 

  • HIST 1492
  • HIST 1776
  • HIST 2400
  • ECON 1901
  • EDUC 2105
  • POLS 1101
  • SOC 1101 or 1501

Students seeking to apply for teacher licensure in more than one subject area should consult with the Department of Teacher Education as to current requirements for this process.

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

HIST 1492 Global History and Cultural Traditions   3 hours
This course comprises a wide historical survey, exploring the cultural and intellectual traditions of our global society and culture.

HIST 1663 North Carolina History   3 hours
An examination of the American Character by discussion of and reports on American values as expressed in selected eras through such vehicles as literature, art, music, film and oral history.  

HIST 1776 American History and Cultural Traditions   3 hours
A basic survey of American History from colonial to contemporary times, focused on cultural disputes that have persisted from generation after generation.

HIST 2000 The Historian’s Craft   3 hours  
This course introduces students to the process of writing the most common kinds of humanities-based research papers, to the ethical and historical issues of historical writing and to the study of history from an interdisciplinary perspective. Pre-requisite: HIST 1492 or HIST 1776, or permission of instructor.

HIST 2100 Topics in History   3 hours
An investigation of a selected topic or period in History. Pre-requisite: HIST 1492 or HIST 1776 or permission of the instructor.

HIST 2301 Ancient Political Theory   3 hours
A critical analysis of the basic political writings of selected modern authors important to the development of western civilization, e.g.,Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas (Same as PHIL 2060 and POLS 2300).

HIST 3100 Advanced Topics in History   3 hours
An investigation of a selected topic or period in History. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of the instructor.

HIST 3171 Early American Seminar   3 hours
A survey of the major events, trends, ideas and contexts that led to the establishment of the United States, covering the period from the establishment of Jamestown to the end of the War of 1812, with a focus on the rise and development of constitutionalism in the early nation.  Pre-requisite:  HIST 1776 or permission of instructor.

HIST 3215 Ancient Seminar   3 hours
The study of the ancient worlds including the Near East, Greek city-states and the Roman Empire to its decline in the fifth century. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of instructor.

HIST 3220 Ancient Greece   3 hours
A study of ancient Greece from prehistory through the Hellenistic era. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of the instructor.

HIST 3230 Ancient Rome   3 hours
A study of ancient Rome from prehistory through the decline. Pre-requisite:  HIST 2000 or permission of instructor.

HIST 3240 The Renaissance   3 hours
A study of the European Renaissance, 1300-1600. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of the instructor.

HIST 3315 Medieval Seminar   3 hours
The social, cultural and political development of Europe from the decline of Rome to the close of the fifteenth century. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of instructor.

HIST 3320 American Civil War   3 hours
A thorough and multifaceted examination of the causes, conflicts, and resolutions of the war and the Reconstruction period. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of the instructor.

HIST 3360 The South   3 hours
A study of the American South, its history, its culture, its attitudes, and its traditions. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of the instructor.

HIST 3450 Early Modern Seminar   3 hours
A study of socio-cultural, political and intellectual trends in European society from 1350-1815. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of the instructor.

HIST 3510 Modern Seminar   3 hours
A study of economic, political and socio-cultural trends in European society from Napoleon to the present. Pre-requisite:  HIST 2000 or permission of instructor.

HIST 3581 Seminar in Recent American History   3 hours
A survey of the major events, trends, ideas and contexts that led to the modernization of the United States into a democratic, industrial and global power. Pre-requisite: HIST 1776 or permission of instructor.

HIST 3600 Non-Western Seminar   3 hours
This course explores some of the questions and problems that have shaped the intellectual and cultural histories of non-Western Societies. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 or permission of instructor.

HIST 4000 Readings in European History   3 hours
This course is a reading and discussion course designed to delve into a specific topic in European history. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 and 9 hours of upper-level European history seminars or permission of instructor.

HIST 4010 Readings in Non-Western History   3 hours
This course is a reading and discussion course designed to delve into a specific topic in Non-Western history. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 and an upper-level Non-Western seminar or permission of the instructor.

HIST 4201 Practicum   1 – 6 hours
An individual program designed to provide training and experience in such areas as archival organization and management, editing, historical preservation and restoration and museology following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the department. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 and 12 hours of upper-level history seminars and permission of instructor.

HIST 4301 Independent Study   1 – 4 hours
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the department. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 and 12 hours of upper-level history seminars and permission of the instructor.

HIST 4971 Readings in American History   3 hours
An extensive examination of the thinking, writing and acting of the Founders who wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Pre-requisite: HIST 2000 and at least three hours of upper division American history, or permission of the instructor.

HIST 4999 Thesis:  Advanced Research and Writing   1 – 4 hours
A research and writing course for seniors which emphasizes scholarly methods of historical research and writing, which, in the end, results in the production of a thesis. This is a two-semester course sequence. Pre-requisite: HIST2000 and 18 hours of history seminars or permission of the instructor.