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:
"We, the History faculty of Fairmont State University, pledge to develop in our students the knowledge of historical content and the nurturing of historical inquiry skills through the context of time, continuity and change."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, every thing 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:
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.