History majors at Ozarks learn how to engage in an important and ongoing investigation about the world and its people. By learning to ask good questions and to make careful inferences about various kinds of historical evidence, they can understand and help explain how humanity’s past has influenced the challenges and opportunities of the present day. The history major program at Ozarks offers instruction in many areas of history within the United States, Europe, and the world as a whole, while also guiding students through their own explorations of the historical topics that interest them.
Graduate Study in History
Law School and Other Pre-Professional Studies
HIS 2113: United States History I
This course surveys the major social, economic, political, and diplomatic issues that helped shape the region of the present-day United States from the pre-Colombian era through the Civil War. Highlights include early exploration, colonial development, the American Revolution, the emergence of an American national identity, and the conflict over slavery.
HIS 4013: Historiography
This course investigates various historians and schools of history. It begins with development of the western historical tradition in the ancient world and continues through modern and postmodern theories and methodologies of the twentieth century. This course also covers methodologies of historical research, and current issues in public history.
HIS 4903: Senior Thesis
The culmination of all academic work in History, the senior thesis represents original research on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Students will complete a senior thesis paper and present the results of their research in a public forum.