History and Government

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts

Nature of Program

The History and Government program has three essential purposes. First, it is designed to provide the student with insights into historical time periods of the nation and the world, with special emphasis upon political, social, economic, and technological changes. Secondly, it provides a strong background for graduate study in history and related fields, careers in government, services, and some areas of business, and positions with historical societies and museums. Thirdly, for students interested in attending law school, the program meets and exceeds the criteria for pre-law curricula established by the American Association of Law Schools.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

A minimum GPA of a 2.0 in all major coursework is required..
GEF Elective Requirements (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8)25
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking3
GEOG 108Human Geography3
HIST 152Growth of the American Nation to 1865 (GEF 5)3
HIST 153Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present3
HIST 179World History to 15003
HIST 180World History Since 15003
HIST 203Introduction to Medieval Europe3
HIST 261Recent America: The United States since 19183
HIST 277Revolutions in Science and Technology3
HIST 300Greece and Rome3
HIST 375Hollywood and History3
HIST 473Appalachian Regional History3
HIST 484Historical Research-Capstone3
HUMS 480Grant Writing and Documentation3
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
POLS 260Introduction to International Relations3
PSYC 351Topics in Social Psychology3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Literature or Foreign Language Elective3
Economics Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3
English Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3
History Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)6
Political Science Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)6
Restricted Electives (must be 300 or 400 level) HIST, ECON, ENTR, PHIL, POLS, ENGL, SOCA, BCOR, MANG, MKTG, ACCT, PSYC, CJ, FRNX9
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
History Program Entrance Exam ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3HIST 1533
HIST 152 (GEF 5)3POLS 1023
WVUE 1911GEF 43
Elective1GEF 63
GEF 24 
GEF 33 
 15 15
Second Year
HIST 1793HIST 1803
GEOG 1083HIST 2773
GEF 73POLS 2603
GEF 83SOCA 1013
GEF 83GEF 83
 15 15
Third Year
CSAD 2703HIST 2613
HIST 2033PSYC 3513
Literature or Foreign Language Elective3English Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3
Political Science Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3Political Science Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3
Restricted Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3Restricted Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
HIST 3003HIST 3753
HIST 4733HIST 4843
Economics Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3HUMS 4803
History Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3History Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3
Elective or Minor3Restricted Elective (must be 300 or 400 level)3
 Assessment Exam 
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

History and government

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the facts, concepts, and approaches of history
  • Critically analyze and assess primary sources
  • Critically analyze and assess secondary sources
  • Conduct original historical research and report results orally and in writing
  • Produce historical essays that are coherent, grammatically correct, and use proper historical documentation

Department of History, English, and Creative Arts Minors

history and government


Must have 18 credit hours and 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses.
Required Courses
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
POLS 260Introduction to International Relations3
POLS 319Comparative Government3
Select three of the following courses:9
Global Political Issues
State and Local Government
American Constitutional Law
Terrorism and National Security
Public Administration
Advisor Approved POLS and HUMS Courses
Total Hours18

professional writing and editing


Minimum 3.0 GPA in PWE courses.
Required Courses
ENGL 301Writing Theory and Practice3
ENGL 302Editing3
Select one course from each of the three following groups:9
Business and Technical Writing
Business and Professional Writing
Technical Writing
Writing with Technology
Multimedia Writing
Topics in Humanities Computing
The English Language
History of the English Language
Total Hours15



  • Patricia Kihn - Ph.D. (Wayne State University)


  • Paul H. Rakes - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)

Assistant professor

  • Melissa Sartore - Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)