Studying History at Iowa State
The ISU History department offers curricula leading to the B.A. and B.S. degrees in history, the M.A. degree in history, the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the history of technology and science, and the Ph.D. degree in agricultural history and rural studies.
The department offers a variety of survey courses (200 series) designed to serve primarily first- and second-year students as either general education courses or as introductions to advanced courses in history or other subject areas. For purposes of outcomes assessment, all History majors must complete three credits of History 495 or, if qualified and willing, one graduate level writing/research seminar. History majors must receive a grade of C or better in each of Engl 150 and 250 (or 250H), and Hist 495 or any graduate seminar. Candidates for the B.A. must complete two years of university-level study in one foreign language or the equivalent.
Education objectives for History majors
History majors will be able to:
1. Display the appropriate level of cognitive knowledge of historical themes and events based upon the student's course of study.
2. Display an understanding of past cultures and social organizations, based on the course of study.
3. Develop the fundamental methodological skills of the historical craft, including the ability to contextualize and analyze primary source evidence, familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation, the ability to formulate effective argumentation in written and oral forms, awareness of the basic historiography in selected research area, and the ability to conduct research and to write a historical essays based upon primary and secondary source research.
4. Display a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between past events and the present.