Professors: Dodge, Gormly, List, Mainwaring (chair)
Associate Professor: Caffrey
The Department of History is a supportive and intellectually invigorating academic home for students who want to develop the knowledge and skills needed to appreciate the past and thrive in the future. The department offers more than 40 courses, with particular strengths in American, European, and East Asian history. Majors and minors complete requirements that are distributed in a way that ensures both depth and breadth.
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: 10 courses, including at least two from European history; two from American history; one from a non-U.S. or European course, and at least four from courses numbered above 300. All majors are strongly urged to complete the second-year course in a foreign language. All seniors must complete a capstone project prior to the end of their final term. Students should consult the history department chair for more information on the capstone requirement.
MINOR REQUIREMENTS: Six courses, as follows: two courses in American history; two courses in European history; one course from a non-U.S. or European course; and two courses above 300. No more than two courses at the 100 level may be counted toward the minor.
AP Policy: Students scoring a 5 on the European History AP test receive credit for HIS-102 and are advised to take a 200-level course as their first history course at W&J. Students scoring a 4 on the European History AP test receive credit for HIS-102 upon successful completion of a 200-level history course at W&J with a grade of "B" or better.
TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Students may seek Secondary Education (grades 7-12) Certification in Social Studies by completing the History major, the required Social Studies content area courses (HIS 201, HIS 204, HIS 206, HIS 228, HIS 231, ECN 102, POL 111, PSY 101, SOC 101, SOC 261, and ANT 175), and the Education minor consisting of those courses required for Secondary Education (grades 7-12) Certification. Some of the Social Studies content area courses may be completed as part of the History major.
Students may seek Upper Elementary Education Certification (4--8) in Social Studies in one of two ways: Option 1: Complete the Child Development and Education major and the History minor (or major); Option 2: Complete the History major, and the Education minor consisting of those courses required for Upper Elementary Education (grades 4-8) Certification.
Before being formally admitted to either program, students must satisfy-by the end of the sophomore year-the Certification Program Requirements described in the Education (Teacher Certification) section of the catalog.
The department recommends that students seeking Upper Elementary Education Certification (4--8) in Social Studies consider taking some of the following courses as part of their major or minor: HIS 101*, HIS 102*, HIS 155*, HIS 201, HIS 204, HIS 220, HIS 222, HIS 230, HIS 254, HIS 331, HIS 332, HIS 334, HIS 340, HIS 355. Occasionally, special topics courses (HIS 270 or HIS 412) may be offered in topics particularly useful for students interested in teaching.
*Students minoring in History with permission of the History Department Chair, may be allowed to take HIS 101, HIS 102, and HIS 155 as part of their minor (exceeding the maximum of two 100 level courses).