History

Major: History
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
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

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:

Jonathan Seitz, PhD
Assistant Department Head
Teaching Professor of History
jwseitz@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
Math courses6.0-8.0
Science courses *6.0-8.0
Foundation Requirements
Diversity electives6.0
Two Consecutive Foreign Language courses (must complete level 201)7.0-8.0
Humanities/Fine Arts electives12.0
Social Science electives12.0
International Studies electives6.0
Core History Requirements32.0
Introductory Seminar in History I **
Introductory Seminar in History II **
Research Methods in History I **
The Study of History **
Research Methods in History II **
Senior Seminar I **
Senior Seminar II **
Any 1 Advanced History Seminar (Topics will vary)
Special Topics in History
History Distribution Courses***20.0
Any 2 non-U.S. History courses
Any 1 U.S. History Course
Any 1 History courses covering pre-1700 history (May not be HIST 201)
Any 1 History of Science, Technology, and Environment course
History Concentration courses or any 7 History courses (at least four must be 200-level and above)28.0
Free electives ****33.0
Total Credits180.0-185.0

Optional History Concentrations

Students may select one of the two following concentrations in the History BA, or they may elect not to undertake a concentration. The courses in the required history distribution list may count toward the 28.0 credits in a concentration; the courses in the required core sequence may not count toward the 28.0 credits in the concentration.

History of Science, Technology, and Environment Concentration

HIST 302The Study of Science, Technology, and Environment in History4.0
Select 1 Environmental History course from the following list:4.0
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
Disaster in Global History
Themes in Global Environmental History
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Select 1 Transnational Histories of Science and Technology course from the following list:4.0
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Technology and the World Community
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment
Select 1 History of Medicine and Disabilities course from the following list:4.0
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
History of Bodies in Science, Technology, and Medicine
Disabilities in History
Concentration Electives (select three from the following list)12.0
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Technology and Identity
Technology in Historical Perspective
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment
History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity
Technology and the World Community
Global History of Engineering
Technology in American Life
Disaster in Global History
Themes in Global Environmental History
Empire and Environment
History of Bodies in Science, Technology, and Medicine
Disabilities in History
Science and State Power: Colonialism
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Total Credits28.0

Global History Concentration

HIST 303The Study of Global History4.0
Global Engagement Course 4.0
One Foreign Language Course ††3.0-4.0
Concentration Electives (select any four from the following list) †††16.0
The Great War, 1914-1918
World War II
England from Elizabeth to Waterloo, 1558-1815
Modern England, 1815 - present
European Revolutionary Movements and Ideology, 1815-1914
Fascism
Russian History Before 1900
Twentieth Century Russia & the USSR
Germany & the World of Hitler
The Reformation Age
History of Europe in the 19th Century
History of Europe in the 20th Century
Making of Modern South Asia
The World and China
East Asia in Modern Times
Twentieth Century World I
Twentieth Century World II
Introduction to Latin American History
History of Mexico
Conquest of Mexico
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Technology and the World Community
Global History of Engineering
History of Capitalism
Disaster in Global History
Themes in Global Environmental History
Empire and Environment
Venice and the Mediterranean from the Middle Ages to Napoleon
Science and State Power: Colonialism
Special Topics in History (with approval when appropriate topic offered)
Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment
Total Credits27.0-28.0

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 Program. 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.


Sample Plan of Study (BA)

History BA - No concentration

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 Courses*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 course 3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
U.S History course*4.0
Mathematics course 3.0-4.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Term 4
HIST 296Research Methods in History I4.0
Science elective***3.0-4.0
History course covering pre-1700 history**4.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-16.0
Term 5
History of Science, Technology, and Environment course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective 3.0
Social and behavioral science elective 3.0
Science elective***3.0-4.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits16.0-18.0
Term 6
Non-U.S. History course*4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
History electives8.0
International studies elective 3.0
Diversity elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History4.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
History elective4.0
Social and behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
HIST 396Research Methods in History II 4.0
HIST T380Special Topics in History4.0
History elective4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits18.0-19.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I4.0
History elective4.0
Social and behavioral sciences elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II4.0
History elective4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 12
History elective4.0
Free electives 9.0-11.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Total Credit: 180.0-194.0

History BA - Science, Technology, and Environment Concentration

Term 1Credits
HIST 101Introductory Seminar in History I4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Non-US History course*4.0
Foreign language course (103-level or higher)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
US History course*4.0
Mathematics course3.0-4.0
Free elective6.0-7.0
 Term Credits16.0-18.0
Term 4
HIST 296Research Methods in History I4.0
Concentration elective4.0
Diversity elective3.0
Free electives6.0-7.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 5
HIST 385Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment4.0
Concentration elective4.0
Diversity elective3.0
Social or behavioral science elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 6
Non-US History course*4.0
History course covering pre-1700 history**4.0
Science elective***3.0-4.0
Social or behavioral sciences elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 7
History of Science, Technology, and Environment course*4.0
Science elective***3.0-4.0
Social or behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits16.0-18.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History4.0
HIST T380Special Topics in History4.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Social or behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
HIST 302The Study of Science, Technology, and Environment in History4.0
HIST 396Research Methods in History II 4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I4.0
History of Medicine and Disabilities course4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II4.0
Environmental History course4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 12
Concentration elective4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free electives7.0-9.0
 Term Credits14.0-16.0
Total Credit: 181.0-195.0

History BA - Global History Concentration

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 above)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 above)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 elective6.0-7.0
 Term Credits16.0-18.0
Term 4
HIST 296Research Methods in History I4.0
Concentration elective**4.0
Diversity elective3.0
Free electives6.0-7.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 5
Concentration elective**4.0
Foreign language concentration requirement4.0
Diversity elective3.0
Social or behavioral science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
History of Science, Technology, and Environment course*4.0
History course covering pre-1700 history***4.0
Global Engagement course4.0
Science elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 7
Non-US History course*4.0
Science elective3.0-4.0
Social or behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits16.0-18.0
Term 8
HIST 301The Study of History4.0
HIST T380Special Topics in History4.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Social or behavioral science elective3.0
International studies elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
HIST 303The Study of Global History4.0
HIST 396Research Methods in History II 4.0
Social behavioral science elective3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Term 10
HIST 490 [WI] Senior Seminar I4.0
Concentration elective**4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 11
HIST 491 [WI] Senior Seminar II4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free electives6.0-8.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Term 12
Concentration elective**4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free electives6.0-8.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Total Credit: 180.0-194.0

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.

History Faculty

Lloyd Ackert, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). 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. 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 Teaching Professor. Science and technology, American history, military history.
Rosalind Remer, PhD (University of California) Vice Provost and Executive Director, Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships. History of the book, early American economic and business history, public history, museum planning, non-profit management.
Tiago Saraiva, PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Associate Professor. History of science and technology; transnational history; environmental history
Jonathan Seitz, PhD (University of Wisconsin) Assistant Department Head, History. 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, Africana Studies. Assistant Professor. African history; economic history and the history of Arab and African interactions.
Michael Yudell, MPH, PhD, MPhil (Columbia University) Chair, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Public health genomics; bioethics; history of public health; addiction.

Emeritus Faculty

Eric Dorn Brose, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor Emeritus. German and European history.
Robert Zaller, PhD (Washington University). Professor Emeritus. English history and early modern European history.
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