History Overview

Are you fascinated by the past? Do you like to understand the evolutionary and developmental background of societies? The history minor is a valuable addition to any liberal arts major. Expand your knowledge base and diversify your career options with a minor in history from SMWC.


Required History Courses

18 credit hours required, includes 9 credit hours of approved history electives.

HI 211 United States History to 1877
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Survey of European influences in exploration; the colonial, revolutionary and federal periods; sectional rivalries that led to the Civil War; the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is given to the U.S. Constitution and to the development of political and economic systems. Fall, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HI 212 United States History Since 1877
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Survey of the post-Civil War period beginning with the Industrial Age. Major consideration is given to the rise of the United States as a world power; causes and effects of the World Wars; the Cold War; Korea and Vietnam; and such contemporary topics as popular dissent, urban crises, the impact of mass media; and the end of the Cold War and the advent of the “New World Order.” Spring, odd years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HI 332 World Civilizations II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Survey of various world civilizations beginning with the 1600s and concluding with the present time. Emphasis is given to evolving cross-cultural influences, the evolution of power politics, rise of capitalism and imperialism, the socialist, fascist and Marxist revolutionary movements and the dynamics of the modern Third World. Fall, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
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History Career Paths

Career Paths

Combined with other liberal arts majors, a history degree would help you pursue graduate study or careers in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Library science
  • Geography
  • Art
  • International Affairs
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Sociology