2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Jan 18, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History BA, Organizational Management MS

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


History BA/Organizational Management MS

The five-year history BA./ organizational management M.S. program allows students to tailor the history major to their future professional interests in management. Constructed in conjunction with the Business department, this program allows students to complete a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Organizational Management over a five-year course of study (completing the remaining 24 credits of coursework for the M.S. typically requires enrollment in the summer, fall and spring immediately following the conferral of the bachelor’s degree).

Students are guaranteed admission to the MS program in Organizational Management as long as (1) they maintain a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA; (2) maintain a 3.0 GPA in OM core classes; and (3) complete their BA degree in History as scheduled. Students must submit an application to the program in their junior year, and must have saved 12 credits of free elective credit which will be taken in OM courses as described below.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year

Sophomore Year

Total Credits 16


Total Credits 15

Junior Year


Total Credits 15


  • Core  3 credits
  • 3 credits
  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Senior Year


  • HIS 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • ENG 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • HIS/POL 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits
Total Credits 15


  • HIS/POL 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • ENG 300-400 Level Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits
  • OM Core Class * 3 credits
Total Credits 15

OM Core Classes

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

Fifth Year

All remaining OM classes to complete the degree