"We, the History faculty of Fairmont State University, pledge to develop in our students
the knowledge of historical content and the nurturing of historical inquiry skills
through the context of time, continuity and change." May, 2016
To that end, we will provide students with the opportunities listed in our catalog:
Every person, every place, everything on earth has a history, a story of its past
that can help us understand human existence and human behavior. The History Program’s
major and minor draw upon a broad curriculum that encompasses regional, national,
and international history, as well as such special topics as the revolutions in history
and diplomatic history. The History Program offers two types of majors. The Bachelor
of Arts degree has the traditional emphasis on language skills, especially through
study of a foreign language. It is a good choice for students thinking about postgraduate
study. The Bachelor of Science degree develops basic capabilities in statistics and
computer science. It is a good choice for students interested in the modern social
science approach to historical understanding.
The great advantages of historical study are:
- Emphasis on developmental and evolutionary aspects of human experience.
- Examination of many different fields of human activity.
- Use of insights and methods of many other fields.
Students completing a bachelor’s degree in history may enter professional practice
in academic history (teaching and writing), public history (archives and special research,
consultancy) or publishing (print, electronic, film and television documentary). The
history major also provides excellent preparation for careers in law, government,
politics, foreign service, historical preservation and journalism.*
*-taken from the Fairmont State University catalog, 2015-2016 page 55.
The BA graduate will have a well-rounded background in History content, along with
foreign language and research skills.
Students with Minors in History will have a broad background in historical content
along with research skills.
Students will learn historical content and historical skills through study in our
survey courses in US and World History.