Program Overview

The Department of History and Geography offers six courses of study: the history major and minor, the art history major and minor, the geography minor and the geographic information systems (GIS) minor.

History

Courses in the history major and minor center on exploration of various economic, social, political, military and religious forces that have transformed the face of the world. Students combine analytical thinking and writing with a detailed grasp of the many influences that have brought about historical change. History is a discipline that explores the dynamics of change from humanistic and social scientific perspectives.

Art History

Courses in the art history major and minor examine visual and material culture, the built environment, and practices of patronage, collecting, and display from the world’s histories. Students engage in critical reading, discussion, research, analysis, and problem-solving to consider power, identity, and cultural exchange across time and in a global context. Rather than memorize lists of artists, artworks, and historical dates, you will study what these artworks mean, the contexts in which their artists produced them and how those issues relate to the way history has been constructed.

Geography

Geography explores how location affects societies, economics, politics, culture and ecosystems. How does location affect societies, economics, politics, culture and ecosystems? How do we analyze, describe and construct boundaries, both natural and human, which we then impose on the physical and intellectual worlds we live in? The study of geography is much more than maps. It includes study of both the natural world and the varied patterns of human life on both the macro and micro scales.

GIS

This minor is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and skills in GIS, remote sensing, cartography, database management and computer technology, and to explore application of these skills in courses selected from a wide variety of disciplines. Students are given hands-on experience with state of the art computer programs and software, giving them skills which are very much in demand in the market place.