Dr. Joshua Smallridge
Chair, Department of Social Science
College of Liberal Arts
115 Hardway Hall
The History program offers two types of degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts degree, which requires the study of foreign languages, is a good choice for students seeking a core liberal arts education and who may wish to pursue postgraduate study in the humanities.
The Bachelor of Science degree develops basic capabilities in statistics, social science, and computer science. It is a good choice for students interested in the modern social sciences approach to historical understanding.
The Fairmont State University History major includes core introductory courses in U.S. and world history as well as specialized courses on chronological eras, such as the Civil War or 19th century Europe, and thematic fields, like gender/sexuality, culture, and revolutions.
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). Here are some career examples:
Students with Minors in History will have a broad background in historical content along with research skills.
Demonstrate the ability to think critically about and to analyze primary and secondary historical materials.