History

Major: History
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 54.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3093

Note: Effective Fall 2015, students are no longer being accepted into the Bachelor of Science (BS) program.

About the Program

The history program reflects the strengths of Drexel University, including specialization in transnational history and in the history of science, technology and the environment. A series of required courses in history build skills in research and interpretation of the past while elective courses within and outside the history program allow students to shape their curriculum to meet their needs and interests. Our history graduates go to graduate school in history, to professional schools in law, medicine, and business, and to work in business, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

We apply Drexel's experiential, research-intensive approach to the discipline of history. Using the extensive historical resources of Philadelphia, the region, and the digital world, students develop a profound understanding of history and the ways it is made. We also encourage students to enrich their education through co-op, study abroad, and summer research projects working alongside department faculty.

Degree Offered

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) provides a course of study that includes foreign language courses and a broad grounding in the liberal arts, with flexibility for students to choose courses to fulfill humanities, social science, math, and science requirements that will contribute to their overall educational and career plans.

The History minor allows students in other majors to explore the historical background of their discipline, to better understand the origins of the contemporary world, and to build the knowledge and skills needed to understand the development of human societies over time and to understand historical episodes into their proper contexts. The minor in History is highly flexible and allows students to choose those History courses which appeal to them and which will contribute to their broader education. To complete the minor, students must take a total of six History courses (24.0 credits), five of which must be at the 200-level or above.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please visit the Department of History website or contact:

Melissa Mansfield
Department Administrator
History Department
mmm462@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements (BA)

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Any Two Math courses6.0-8.0
Any Two Science courses *6.0-8.0
Foundation Requirements
Two Studies in Diversity electives6.0
Two Consecutive Foreign Language courses (must complete level 201)8.0
Four Humanities/Fine Arts electives12.0
Four Social Science electives12.0
Two International Studies electives6.0
Core History Requirements45.0
Introductory Seminar in History I **
Introductory Seminar in History II **
United States History to 1815
United States History, 1815-1900
United States History since 1900
Research Methods in History I **
The Study of History **
Senior Seminar I **
Senior Seminar II **
American Government I
History of Political Thought
Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
International Politics
Any 200 level European History Course3.0
Any History of Latin America, Africa or Asia3.0
History electives ***33.0
Free electives30.0
Total Credits182.0-186.0
*

Any Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Nutrition (NFS), Physics (PHYS), Geoscience (GEO), Environmental Science (ENVS), or Physics-Environmental Science (PHEV).

**

These courses must be taken in sequence.

***

Only 200-level and above HIST courses will fulfill this this requirement.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study (BA)

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 101Introductory Seminar in History I4.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign language course4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HIST 102Introductory Seminar in History II4.0
Foreign language course4.0
Mathematics course 3.0-4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 3
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSCI 140
or 150
Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
International Politics
4.0
History elective*3.0
Mathematics course 3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 4
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
HIST 296Research Methods in History I4.0
Science elective**3.0-4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
History of Latin America, Africa, or Asia3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 5
HIST 202United States History, 1815-19003.0
Diversity studies elective3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
Social and behavioral science elective 3.0
Science elective**3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 6
HIST 203United States History since 19003.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
International studies elective3.0
Diversity studies elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
History elective*3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
International studies elective 3.0
Social and behavioral sciences elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History4.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
History of Europe course*3.0
History electives*6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
History electives*6.0
Social and behavioral sciences elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I4.0
History electives*6.0
Social and behavioral sciences elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II4.0
History electives*3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
History electives*6.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 182.0-186.0
*

Must be 200-level or above. 

**

Any Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Nutrition (NFS), Physics (PHYS), Geoscience (GEO), Environmental Science (ENVS), or Physics-Environmental Science (PHEV).


Degree Requirements (BS)

Note: Effective Fall 2015, students are no longer being accepted into the Bachelor of Science (BS) program.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study (BS)

Note: Effective Fall 2015, students are no longer being accepted into the Bachelor of Science (BS) program.

 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
HIST 163Themes in World Civilization III3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
HIST 296Research Methods in History I3.0
Western Literature Survey course*3.0
History of Latin America, Africa, or Asia 3.0
Science sequence course 1*4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
HIST 202United States History, 1815-19003.0
ENGL 203 [WI]
or 204
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
3.0
PSCI 140
or 150
Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
International Politics
4.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Science sequence course 2*4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
HIST 203United States History since 19003.0
ANTH 110
or 101
Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology
Introduction to Cultural Diversity
3.0
Free electives 4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
Statistics elective4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History3.0
History of Europe course (200-level or higher) 3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I3.0
Free electives 6.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II3.0
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
History electives (200-level and above HIST courses) 6.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 182.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.

Co-Op/Career Opportunities

Co-Op Experiences

History majors have a wide variety of co-op experiences from which to choose. Business and public utilities offer many possibilities, and local, state, and federal governments; museums and archives; and law firms present many additional interesting co-op placements. Pre-law students, for example, are especially eager to see the inside of a law office, whether the co-op job they receive is clerical or a more challenging paralegal assignment. These practical experiences in the “real” world can reinforce the lessons of the classroom, sharpen skills, and establish important contacts. Sample co-op positions include:

  • Law clerk/paralegal, Joe Davidson, Attorney-at-Law, Philadelphia
  • Research analyst, Legislative Office for Research Liaison, Harrisburg, PA
  • Legislative intern, Corporate Public Affairs Division, Philadelphia Electric Company
  • Assistant lobbyist, Government Relations Office, Drexel University
  • Education intern, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Researcher, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Assistant, Office of the Governor, Harrisburg, PA

Career Opportunities

The flexible programs allow students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether they are preparing for the business world, graduate school in history or political science, the MS in Science, Technology, and Society program, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

Accelerated/Dual Degrees

About the Programs

Two accelerated/dual degrees are available:

  • BA in History and MS in Science, Technology and Society program
  • BA in History and the MS(LIS) program

Drexel University permits undergraduate students in 5-year programs to apply for graduate programs while completing their undergraduate programs, allowing students to complete their master's degrees in a shorter amount of time.

The accelerated-degree program provides an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a BA degree and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone.

Students entering the program must:

  • have and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average throughout the program
  • have no fewer than 90.0 earned credits
  • have no more than 120.0 registered credits
  • complete only 2 co-ops if in a BA/MS program.

BA in History and the MS in Science, Technology, and Society Accelerated Degree

The accelerated degree program in History and Science, Technology and Society provides an opportunity to earn both a BA degree and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in five years.

This program was created to meet the academic needs of History students who are interested in History, Technology and Science, and interested in pursuing careers in the rapidly growing field of STS.

Recommended Plan of Study

Students should work closely with undergraduate advisor and the graduate Science, Technology & Society advisor to schedule an individualized plan of study for their accelerated degree completion.

The following is a sample plan of study.

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 101Introductory Seminar in History I4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign language course (103-level or higher)4.0
Non-US History Course*4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HIST 102Introductory Seminar in History II4.0
Foreign language course (201-level or higher)3.0-4.0
Mathematics course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
US History course*4.0
Mathematics course3.0-4.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 4
HIST 296Research Methods in History I4.0
History course covering pre-1700 history**4.0
Science elective***3.0-4.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 5
History of Science, Technology, and Environment course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Science elective***3.0-4.0
International studies elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 6
Non-US History course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
Diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
History electives8.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History4.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
History elective4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
HIST 396Research Methods in History II 4.0
HIST T380Special Topics in History4.0
Free elective3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SCTS Ethics, Values, Identities, & Cultures course3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I4.0
Free elective4.0
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
SCTS Ethics, Values, Identities, & Cultures course3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II4.0
History elective4.0
SCTS 504Science, Technology Society Theories3.0
SCTS 798Master's Research3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
History electives8.0
Science, Technology & Society Lab3.0
SCTS Science and Technology Policy course3.0
SCTS elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 13
History elective4.0
Free electives9.0
SCTS electives6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 14
Free electives8.0
SCTS electives9.0
 Term Credits17.0
Total Credit: 225.0-230.0
*

 Must be 200-level or above.

**

Must be 200-level or above. May not be HIST 201.

***

See catalog for BA-History degree requirements.

 At least four core courses must be 200-level or above.

Students are strongly encouraged to take a course during each term while on co-op.  Please refer to university policy for more information.

For more information about the accelerated BA/MS program, contact:

Irene Cho
Assistant Director
Center for Science, Technology, and Society
3600 Market Street, 7th Floor
215.895.3852

BA in History and the MS(LIS) Accelerated Degree

This program pairs the undergraduate History major with the school's MS in Library and Information Science in an accelerated time-frame. Students have the opportunity to earn both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Two diplomas are awarded. For students completing this program, the undergraduate background in history provides a natural fit with areas of library specialization, such as archival studies, records management, and related fields

About the Program

Applicants may be provisionally admitted into the program as incoming freshmen. Participants have the option of choosing either a one or a two co-op history program. The non-co-op option is not available for students choosing this accelerated degree option.

When students have accumulated 90.0 credits, but have not yet registered for 120.0 credits, they can apply to formally enter the graduate program. The student must have at least a 3.2 GPA and must maintain this 3.2 GPA for the graduate portion of the program.

Advising/Plan of Study

Students should work closely with faculty advisers to schedule and maintain a plan of study throughout the accelerated program.

Term 1Credits
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
HIST 101Introductory Seminar in History I4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
Foreign language course (103-level or higher)4.0
Non-U.S. History course*4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
HIST 102Introductory Seminar in History II4.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Foreign language course (201-level or higher)3.0-4.0
Mathematics course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
U.S History course*4.0
Mathematics course3.0-4.0
Free elective3.0
INFO course**3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 4
HIST 296Research Methods in History I4.0
History course covering pre-1700 history***4.0
Science elective3.0-4.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 5
History of Science, Technology, and Environment course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
Science elective3.0-4.0
Social and behavioral science elective 3.0
International studies elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 6
Non-U.S. History course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
Diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
History electives††8.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Diversity elective3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History4.0
History elective††4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
HIST 396Research Methods in History II 4.0
HIST T380Special Topics in History4.0
Free elective4.0
INFO 521Information Users and Services3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I4.0
Free elective4.0
INFO 522Information Access Resources3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II4.0
History elective††4.0
INFO 515Introduction to Research in Information Organizations3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
History Electives††8.0
INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0
INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
INFO elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 13
History elective††4.0
Free electives8.0
INFO electives6.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 14
Free electives8.0
INFO electives9.0
 Term Credits17.0
Total Credit: 225.0-230.0
*

Must be 200-level or above. 

**

 Select from the following INFO courses: INFO 101, INFO 102, INFO 105, INFO 108, INFO 110, INFO 215.

***

 Must be 200-level or above. May not be HIST 201.

 See History degree requirements.

††

 At least four core courses must be 200-level or above.

Additional Information

For more information on the undergraduate history portion of the program, contact:

Melissa Mansfield, Department Administrator
Department of History
MacAlister Hall 3025
mmm462@drexel.edu

For more information on the graduate portion of the program, contact:

Susan E. Davis
Associate Teaching Professor
College of Computing and Informatics
sedavis@drexel.edu

Minor in History 

History Electives*
*Take any 6 HIST courses; 5 of 6 must be 200-level or higher24.0
Total Credits24.0

History Faculty

Lloyd Ackert, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Teaching Professor. History of science and technology; ecology; Russian science.
Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD (Emory University). Assistant Professor. Modern South Asian history; urban environmental history; history of economic thought; and post-colonial theory.
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Interim Department Head, History. Associate Professor. Urban history, history of technology, history of disasters, modern history.
Sharon Ku, PhD (University of Cambridge, UK). Assistant Research Professor. History and sociology of science; nanotechnology; scientific standardization.
Jonson Miller, PhD (Virginia Tech). Associate Professor. Science and technology, American history, military history.
Tiago Saraiva, PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Assistant Professor. History of science and technology; transnational history; environmental history
Jonathan Seitz, PhD (University of Wisconsin) Assistant Department Head, History. Associate Teaching Professor. History of religion, science, medicine, witchcraft, early modern Europe, Italy.
Amy Slaton, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. History of science and technology; history of standards and metrology; intersectionality, race, labor.
Kathryn Steen, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. History of technology, history of industry and business, and comparative history.
Donald F. Stevens, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Modern Latin American history.
Alden Young, PhD (Princeton University) Director of the Program in Africana Studies. Assistant Professor. African history; economic history and the history of Arab and African interactions.
Michael Yudell, MPH, MPhil, PhD (Columbia University) Chair, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Public health genomics; bioethics; history of public health; addiction.
Robert Zaller, PhD (Washington University). Professor. English history and early modern European history.

Emeritus Faculty

Eric Dorn Brose, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor Emeritus. German and European history.
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