Why Study History at IU Southeast?

History focuses on the complex but essential issues of change over time. The discipline of history demands and develops a broad perspective, analytical skills, and an ability to communicate with clarity and acumen. It is among the most useful disciplines, because it enhances skills that can be beneficial in any vocational setting.

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The study of history covers all recorded expressions of human activity-political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual. Because of its broad scope, history provides an exceptional introduction to all studies that concern human beings and their activities. Historians seek to understand the heritage of earlier generations and to understand the time in which we live.

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Welcome to the History Program at Indiana University Southeast. History is the investigation of change and continuity in human societies over time. Historical study aims to understand the past in order to understand the present more fully. Studying history creates a trained habit of thinking in the long-term, and integrating political, social, economic, artistic, intellectual and cultural factors into both the long-term and short-term aspects of society.

The Faculty and its Mission at Indiana University Southeast

The History Program has highly credentialized and top-notch faculty committed to student success. We pride ourselves in the quality of our work, our dedication to excellence in the program and in the work produced by students, as well as close mentorship of students, both history majors and the general student body at IU Southeast. The Faculty has expertise in many areas, such as Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, and a strong publication record. History classes at IU Southeast are generally small and students have many opportunities to develop professional relationships both with the Faculty and also in the numerous Internship opportunities in the Louisville Metro area and beyond.

What Others Have to Say About History

For further discussion of the value and uses of historical study, visit the following websites at the American Historical Association:

Sample Four Year Plan

Here is a sample four year degree plan for a BA in History.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree

Download a degree check sheet: Bachelor of Arts in History (beginning Fall 2009)

36 credit hours in history, including four courses from among:

  • HIST-E 100 Introduction to African History
  • HIST-F 100 Issues in Latin American History: Introduction
  • HIST-G 100 Introduction to Asian History
  • HIST-G 101 Introduction to Chinese History
  • HIST-G 102 Introduction to Japanese History
  • HIST-H 101 The World in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST-H 103 Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon
  • HIST-H 104 Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • HIST-H 105 American History: General Course I
  • HIST-H 106 American History: General Course II

Six courses at the 200, 300 or 400 level, including:

  • two courses in one geographical area
  • one course in a second geographical area
  • one course in a third geographical area
  • two additional courses:
    • one course, H 236 The Historian's Craft (sophomore seminar)
    • one course, J 495 Senior Seminar in History
  • The research writing requirement will be filled by H 236 The Historian's Craft

Requirements for a Minor in History

18 credit hours in history

  • three courses from among:
    • HIST-E 100 Introduction to African History
    • HIST-F 100 Issues in Latin American History: Introduction
    • HIST-G 100 Introduction to Asian History
    • HIST-G 101 Introduction to Chinese History
    • HIST-G 102 Introduction to Japanese History
    • HIST-H 101 The World in the Twentieth Century
    • HIST-H 103 Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon
    • HIST-H 104 Europe: Napoleon to the Present
    • HIST-H 105 American History: General Course I
    • HIST-H 106 American History: General Course II
  • three 200, 300, or 400 level courses, including:
    • H 236 The Historian's Craft (sophomore seminar)
    • one course from a second geographical area

Requirements for a Minor in History in Conjunction with a Business Degree

18 credit hours in history

  • three courses from among:
    • HIST-E 100 Introduction to African History
    • HIST-F 100 Issues in Latin American History: Introduction
    • HIST-G 100 Introduction to Asian History
    • HIST-G 101 Introduction to Chinese History
    • HIST-G 102 Introduction to Japanese History
    • HIST-H 101 The World in the Twentieth Century
    • HIST-H 103 Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon
    • HIST-H 104 Europe: Napoleon to the Present
    • HIST-H 105 American History: General Course I
    • HIST-H 106 American History: General Course II
  • one (1) course
    • A 353 American Economic History I or A 354 American Economic History II
  • one 200, 300 or 400 level other U.S. history course
  • one 200, 300 or 400 level non-U.S. history course

Recommended Preparation

No special preparation is required beyond a standard high school degree. However, because history majors must read and write effectively, they must successfully pass or be concurrently enrolled in Elementary Composition W131 in order to enroll in any History course.

Advising information may be obtained from Advisor Dana Gohmann or Misti Whitaker.

Dana Gohmann
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 137
Email: dgohmann@ius.edu

Misti Whitaker
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 135
Email: mdwhitak@ius.edu

  

Resident

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Quinn Dauer
Assistant Professor in History and International Studies
qdauer@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2866
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Elizabeth Gritter
Assistant Professor of History
egritter@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2292
Office Location: CV 133
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Angelika Hoelger
Assistant Professor of History and International Studies
ahoelger@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2865
Office Location: CV 200B
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Kelly A. Ryan
Associate Professor of History
Coordinator of History
ryanka@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2393
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Yu Shen
Professor of History and International Studies
yshen@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2533
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Adjunct

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Alan Abbott
acabbott@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Brad Caffee
bcaffee@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
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Brian T. Crumley
bcrumley@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
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Peggy Cummins
pacummin@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
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Carl Kramer
caekrame@ius.edu
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Monica Krupinski
monikrup@ius.edu
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R. David Russell
robdruss@ius.edu
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A major in history is an excellent foundation for graduate study in history, law, the humanities and social sciences. History majors have found rewarding careers in research and writing, business, public history, teaching, journalism, bankers, and government service. The skills and knowledge acquired in the History major at IU Southeast prepare students for success. Like other liberal arts disciplines, history sharpens your ability to think critically, argue logically, conduct research, analyze data, and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. History is also unique. Because it is both a humanities and a social science, it addresses the study of individuals and the broader society, teaching you to shift your focus back and forth between the two, evaluating issues in context; invaluable skills for any career.

In the public sector, local, state and federal governments frequently employ graduates who have majored in history.

These people have found employment as:

  • Diplomats
  • FBI agents
  • Department heads
  • Researchers
  • Archivists
  • Administrative and legislative assistants
  • Lawyers
  • Management
  • NGO's
  • Goverment Agencies

In addition, public history offers job opportunities to history majors in areas such as historic preservation, historical editing, museum management and archival work.

History Career Links

History Honors Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the History Honors Program requires the following:

  • the student must be a history major with junior standing
  • the student must have at least a 3.3 GPA in all courses and at least a 3.5 GPA in history courses
  • and the student must have completed 15 hours of history courses including H236.

Honors Program Requirements

Once admitted to the program, honors students will complete a double major in History Honors and History.

In addition to meeting the requirements for the history major, the honors student at the advanced level must complete:

  • At least three 300-level or higher courses (as opposed to a mixture of 200 and 300 levels)
  • Three advanced history courses in one regional area (as opposed to the normal two)
  • On the senior seminar paper receive a grade of B or better from anonymous evaluation from the entire resident history faculty
  • The student must participate in a field trip with faculty and other honors students to a historic site or complete an internship related to the discipline
  • The honors student must present a research paper at an undergraduate or professional conference or have the paper published in a journal
  • Honors students must maintain the 3.3 GPA in all courses and the 3.5 GPA in history courses

Recent History Majors have been accepted for graduate or legal studies at:

  • Marquette University
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Louisville

Oustanding Senior Award

  • 2013 - Esther Ragan and Teresa Lee
  • 2012 - Jerilyn Hacker
  • 2011 - Lauren Wheatley
  • 2010 - Chris Bailey and Karen Brady
  • 2009 - Shawn Kalwat and Andrew York
  • 2008 - Mary Southard
  • 2007 - Scott Cress
  • 2006 - Carole Brooks
  • 2005 - Tabitha Resner
  • 2004 - Josiah Badger
  • 2003 - Karen Rebecca Beard
  • 2002 - Laura Blandford
  • 2001 - Kristen Allen-Hanks
  • 2000 - Sandra Taylor

The Helen Coleman Award

As of 2011, the History department no longer offers this award.

  • 2010 - Karen Brady
  • 2009 - Jeff Treitz
  • 2008 - Veronica Winnecke
  • 2007 - Tiffany Walker
  • 2006 - Carole Brooks
  • 2005 - Robert Vest
  • 2004 - Michael Moore
  • 2003 - Karen Rebecca Beard
  • 2002 - Carl Cart
  • 2001 - Kristen Allen-Hanks
  • 2000 - Russell (Roz) Tate

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