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History (B.A.)

Through courses that range in scope from the local to the national to the international, from New England to the American West to modern China, our History majors learn different approaches to historical research and are introduced to recent trends within the discipline.

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Through courses that range in scope from the local to the national to the international, from New England to the American West to modern China, our History majors learn different approaches to historical research and are introduced to recent trends within the discipline. They use a variety of sources - such as primary texts, commentaries, oral accounts, biographies, and narratives - to understand events, to uncover the root causes of political and social change, and to analyze contemporary issues and problems. A long list of interesting elective courses enables History majors to personalize their programs to pursue what interests them most.

Endicott's history courses are infused with economic, political, and social perspectives, and in combination with the College's core curriculum, they present History majors with a far-reaching view of historical world events. Additionally, important historical locales surrounding the Endicott campus - Boston, Salem, Lexington, the shipbuilding communities of Gloucester and Ipswich, the mill towns of Lowell and Lawrence - provide a living context for coursework. Graduates are prepared to pursue further study in history or related areas like law and politics, and may choose to pursue any number of careers requiring analytical, investigative, and communication skills.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125-126

History majors may not use HST courses to satisfy the General Education requirements, except for the World Cultures thematic category. An HST course taken to satisfy the World Cultures thematic category cannot also count towards completing a History Elective.

Freshman - Credits: 32-33

  • Foreign Languages  (Cr: 6)
  • History Survey Sequence   (Cr: 6)
  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3-4)
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
HST 201 - Contemporary Approaches to History (Cr: 3)
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry (Cr: 3)

Sophomore - Credits: 32

  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr:3)
  • Global Issues General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • U.S. History Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • World History Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Electives    (Cr: 9)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)

Junior - Credits: 31

  • Diverse Perspectives Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives   (Cr: 9)
    (one must be above the 100 level)
  • History Electives    (Cr: 9)
    (two must be above the 300 level)
  • Electives   (Cr: 6)
HST 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)
LST 302 - Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Requirement

Senior - Credits: 30

  • Electives    (Cr: 9)
  • General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
    (must be above the 100 level)
HST 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
HST 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
HST 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

History Survey Sequence

History majors are required to complete a history survey sequence (United States History I and II, Western Civilization I and II, or World History I and II).
 

History Major Requirements

To meet the History Major's U.S. History, World History, and Diverse Perspectives requirements, students must choose one course from each of the following lists. At least two of the three courses must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

U.S. History

HST 103 - United States History I (Cr: 3)
HST 104 - United States History II (Cr: 3)
HST 225 - The Salem Witch Trials (Cr: 3)
HST 226 - Early American History and Literature (Cr: 3)
HST 227 - Boston History (Cr: 3)
HST 229 - The American West (Cr: 3)
HST 230 - African-American History (Cr: 3)
HST 306 - New England History (Cr: 3)
HST 317 - Civil Rights Movement (Cr: 3)
HST 340 - Women in American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
HST 350 - The Automobile in American Life (Cr: 3)
HST 380 - Environmental History (Cr: 3)
REL 251 - Religion in American Life (Cr: 3)

World History

 

HST 101 - Western Civilization I (Cr: 3)
HST 102 - Western Civilization II (Cr: 3)
HST 110 - World History I (Cr: 3)
HST 111 - World History II (Cr: 3)
HST 218 - Topics in World History (Cr: 3)
HST 245 - The History of Modern China (Cr: 3)
HST 260 - Modern Latin American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
HST 280 - Middle East History (Cr: 3)
HST 301 - Communism, Fascism and Democracy (Cr: 3)
HST 302 - Russia in the 20th Century (Cr: 3)
HST 310 - Economies and Peoples (Cr: 3)

Diverse Perspectives

HST 229 - The American West (Cr: 3)
HST 230 - African-American History (Cr: 3)
HST 245 - The History of Modern China (Cr: 3)
HST 260 - Modern Latin American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
HST 280 - Middle East History (Cr: 3)
HST 301 - Communism, Fascism and Democracy (Cr: 3)
HST 317 - Civil Rights Movement (Cr: 3)
HST 340 - Women in American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
HST 380 - Environmental History (Cr: 3)
REL 251 - Religion in American Life (Cr: 3)

History Electives

To meet the History Electives requirements, students must choose four courses with the HST prefix (excluding HST 201 Contemporary Approaches to History). Students must take at least two of these courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Internships

Take Advantage of Our Rich Local History...

Examples of Recent History Major Internships:

Massachusetts Historical Society
Landmark High School
The House of the Seven Gables
Office of State Senator James Timilty
Plimoth Plantation
John F. Kennedy Library
Peabody Essex Museum
Massachusetts State House
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Careers

Journalism
Research
Archiving
Politics
Curating
Teaching
Preservation and Restoration
Genealogy
Law

Download History Career Sheet for more options and information.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary approaches to the study of history.
  2. Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the discipline of history.
  3. Explain the historical roots of various contemporary issues.
  4. Articulate the importance of civic responsibility and engagement.
  5. Trace the broad contours of US history, the history of Western Civilization, or World History.
  6. Explain the histories of groups in the United States and abroad differentiated by race, gender, ethnicity, class, and culture.
  7. Make connections between their major and professional opportunities through a variety of internships.
  8. Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
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Dr. Mark Herlihy
Dr. Mark Herlihy sees historical significance all around him. A specialist in American history and culture, particularly within the northeast region, Dr. Herlihy draws from research he has done on places like Revere Beach, Boston's Scollay Square, Lowell's industrial district, the sites of the Salem witch trials, and Lexington's Revolutionary landmarks to reveal to students the historical moments and incredibly rich heritage that await discovery in the areas surrounding Endicott's campus. His enthusiasm for exploring meanings within race and ethnicity, urban and suburban cultures, and popular culture topics like sports and automobiles in American society yields widely popular courses each semester.
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