2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History BA, Master of Business Administration

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History Major

College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BA, History
Department Chair Christopher A. Stevens, PhD


Allan W. Austin, Professor of History and Government, BA, MA Bowling Green State University; PhD University of Cincinnati

Jennifer M. Black, Assistant Professor of History and Government, BA, MA Western Michigan University; PhD University of Southern California

Brian F. Carso, Jr., Associate Professor of History and Government, BA, MA University of Rochester; JD State University of NY at Buffalo, School of Law; PhD Boston University

Donald O. Fries, Professor Emeritus of History and Government, BA, MA, University of Michigan; PhD Michigan State University

Thomas Hajkowski, Associate Professor of History and Government, BA Seton Hall University; MA Villanova University, PhD Northwestern University

Louis Maganzin, Professor Emeritus of History and Government, BA St. Bonaventure; MA, PhD Georgetown University

Rebecca Padot, Assistant Professor of History and Government, BA Eastern University; MGA, MPA Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania; MA , PhD University of Pennsylvania

Christopher A. Stevens, Associate Professor of History and Government, BA University of Massachusetts-Amherst; MA University of Delaware; PhD Brandeis University

Robert Lucas Williams, Assistant Professor of History and Government, BA University of Alabama at Birmingham; MA, PhD University of Houston

David C. Wright, Jr., Professor of History and Government, BA Kenyon College; MA, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yanqiu Zheng, Assistant Professor of History and Government, BA, MA Peking University; MA, MS Indiana University Bloomington; PhD Northwestern University

Program Description

The History major at Misericordia University is based on the disciplinary standards set by the American Historical Association, which states that:

“History is the study of the human past as it is constructed and interpreted with human artifacts, written evidence, and oral traditions. It requires empathy for historical actors, respect for interpretive debate, and the skillful use of an evolving set of practices and tools.

As an inquiry into human experience, history demands that we consider the diversity of human experience across time and place.

As a public pursuit, history requires effective communication to make the past accessible; it informs and preserves collective memory; it is essential to active citizenship.

As a discipline, history requires a deliberative stance towards the past; the sophisticated use of information, evidence, and argumentation; and the ability to identify and explain continuity and change over time. Its professional ethics and standards demand peer review, citation, and acceptance of the provisional nature of knowledge.”

General Requirements

Incoming first-year students seeking admission as history majors must meet the general and specific admissions requirements of the university as stated in this catalog. In cases where the student does not fully meet them, a personal interview is required.

Continuation as a history major requires that the student maintain a minimum of a 2.0 or “C” average in the major and a similar total grade point average. A student on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

Transfer students must complete all the history requirements as listed in the sequence of courses in this catalog.


Internships for history majors are encouraged. Majors who desire to pursue internships must receive prior approval of the department chair and the advisor.


To receive a recommendation for graduate study or law school, the student must maintain the minimum of a “B” in the major, specialization, and total grade point average.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  1. Develop historical knowledge.
    1. Recognize and explain historical processes, continuity, and change.
    2. Develop a body of historical knowledge with breadth of time and place—as well as depth of detail—in order to discern context.
    3. Examine global communities and cultures, and their interaction in history.
  2. Evaluate and employ historical methods.
    1. Recognize history as an interpretive account of the human past—one that historians create in the present from surviving evidence.
    2. Collect, question, organize, synthesize, and interpret a variety of historical sources.
    3. Practice ethical historical inquiry through proper acknowledgement of sources.
  3. Recognize the provisional nature of historical knowledge
    1. Describe past events from multiple perspectives.
    2. Identify, summarize, appraise, and synthesize other scholars’ historical arguments.
    3. Evaluate historical arguments, explaining how they were constructed and might be improved.
  4. Create historical arguments and narratives.
    1. Generate substantive, open-ended questions about the past and employ research strategies to answer them.
    2. Craft well-supported historical narratives, arguments, and reports of research findings.
    3. Synthesize research with existing narratives, making an original argument.
  5. Use historical perspective to inform active citizenship
    1. Historicize contemporary issues by correlating them to the past.
    2. Practice civil discourse and respect for diverse perspectives.

Major Requirements

All history majors are required to complete the following courses:

Advanced U.S. History Electives

Advanced European History Electives

Advanced Non-Western History Electives


4+1 History BA/MBA

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business

For more information contact Allan Austin, PhD

The 4+1 History BA and MBA program offers students interested in history and business a useful foundation for a variety of professional paths. The program introduces students to the study of history and the practice of business, providing an interdisciplinary basis for successful citizenship and entrepreneurship over a five-year course of study. Students will complete all courses required for the major above, and the following additional coursework in place of free electives:

MBA Prerequisites

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting  

BUS 206 Microeconomics  

BUS 208 Principles of Management  

BUS 269 Principles of Marketing  

BUS 363 Management of Human Capital  

BUS 371 Business Financial Management  

MIS 110 Introduction to Information Systems  

MTH 115 Basic Statistics  

MBA Courses

To satisfy MBA core classes in their senior year, students may select from the following:

MBA 500 Organizational Behavior and Development  

MBA 501 Law, Ethics, and the Business Environment  

MBA 503 Marketing Management  

MBA 504 Information Analysis and Interpretation  

MBA 506 Human Resources Management for Leaders  

MBA 507 Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders  

MBA 508 Information Systems for Management  

MBA 509 Managerial Economics  

In completing the MBA, students will finish the core MBA classes and also select from one of the following specializations: Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, Management, or Sport Management.  (The Accounting specialization requires additional prerequisites and thus is not included in this 4+1 program.)

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the program, students must:

  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application, and must maintain that GPA throughout the remainder of their degree requirements

  • have completed all MBA prerequisite courses by the end of junior year;

  • complete an application to the program prior to the end of junior year;

  • complete their MBA core classes with a minimum 3.0 GPA; and,

  • complete their BA degree in History as scheduled.

Registration for MBA courses in the senior year will be overseen by Graduate Admissions. Students will not be registered for MBA courses in the senior year until all prerequisite courses have been completed with minimum GPA.

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year


Total Credits 15

Total Credits 15

Sophomore Year

Total Credits 15


  • Advanced HIS Elective 3 credits
  • Advanced ENG Elective 3 credits
  • Core 3 credits
  • Core 3 credits
  • Natural Science Core (with Lab) 4 credits
Total Credits 16

Junior Year


Total Credits 15


Total Credits 15

Senior Year


  • Core 3 credits
  • Advanced HIS elective 3 credits
  • 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
Total Credits 15


  • Advanced HIS elective 3 credits
  • 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
  • MBA Core Course 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Fifth Year

24 credits of MBA courses, as dictated by the chosen specialization (see the Master of Business Administration  section of the catalog for further information).

To complete the MBA program by the end of the fifth year, it may be necessary for students to take summer classes.

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