Bachelor of Arts with a major in History
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


Linda Sartorelli



The objectives of the Department of History and Philosophy are to bring the study of the past to bear on the present; to demonstrate that knowledge and experience are dependent upon particular historical contexts; to expose students to a variety of cultures in historical context; to assist students to develop research and writing skills; to enrich students' appreciation and enjoyment of the richness of human endeavors; and to prepare students for a productive and rewarding professional life following the completion of their studies.

Major Description

The major and minor in History offer students the opportunity to study the past in connection with the present. Students combine courses focused on specific geographic areas with elective course work from a variety of periods and areas of the world, preparing students for a range of career paths including education, graduate school, law, museum work and business. The history and philosophy department works closely with the education department to prepare students for teaching history and social studies at the secondary school level.

Curricular Requirements


CAS Core Requirements

Program Required Courses 33-43
Two of the following three options:  
Option I  
HIS 222 - US History: Contact through the Civil War 3
HIS 223 - US History: Reconstruction to Present or 3
Option II  
HIS 230 - Continuity/Change from Ancient to Renaissance 3
HIS 231 - Continuity/Change in Modern Europe or 3
Option III  
HIS 240 - Colonial Latin America 3
HIS 241 - Modern Latin America 3
Program Required Option Sub-Total  12
Each of the Following:  
HIS 290 - History Hands On 3
HIS 450 - Senior Thesis 3
History Electives 15
Program Minimum Required Total Credits  33
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Secondary Education Certification

The department offers history majors the opportunity to select all of the EDU secondary education certification courses (listed below) as their electives in order to become middle school or high school teachers (grades 7-12) in the area of social studies. While providing a solid foundation in history, this program includes extensive coursework in education, which, when combined with the secondary teaching internship, will meet standards for State of Maine teacher certification upon completion of the degree program. This program is approved by the State of Maine Board of Education.

education courses Credits
EDU 105 - Exploring Teaching 3
EDU 110- 21st Century Learning Through Technology 3
EDU 202 - Curriculum & Assessment 3
EDU 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom 3
EDU 385- Diversity and Social Justice 3
EDU 382- Literacy Research-Based Instructional Methods 3
EDU 438 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Ed Social Studies 3
EDU 488 - Secondary Education Practicum 3
EDU 498 - Secondary Internship 12
EDU 405- Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making 3
Total Education Credits 39

See Education for more details.

Academic and Technical Standards

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all history courses used toward the major.
A minimum grade of C must be achieved in HIS 290 to be used toward the major.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of their history program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to locate and use reliable primary and secondary historical sources
  2. Demonstrate competence with Chicago style in notes and bibliography
  3. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate and use evidence to support an interpretation
  4. Communicate ideas clearly orally and in writing
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the historical content of two areas of the world


A student in another department may, with the permission of the department chair, earn a minor within the department upon the completion of 18 hours of course work in History.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.

Transfer Credit


Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 30, 2015.  *Addendum published January 29, 2016.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.