Degree Specification Profile for the BA in History, University of Maine

Institution: University of Maine

Location: Orono, ME

Tuner: Michael Lang

Year: 2014

Degree Name: Bachelor of Arts, History

Purpose of the Degree

To offer an in-depth knowledge of history with focus on a specific world region; an understanding of key issues in historical interpretation; the
development of research techniques and analytical skills; the development of clear and precise communication; a reflection on civic responsibility; and a basis for professional life.

Characteristics of the Program

The degree requires courses in three different world regions. With a grade of "C" or better, a student must complete four electives at any level, three intermediate or advanced electives, four intermediate or advanced courses in a single major area of concentration, and a capstone senior thesis (taught in seminar).  Courses are enumerated into four levels, each one designating specific expectations of student learning and accomplishment.  Course offerings are weighted toward the late-modern period and the North Atlantic world, though this does include a wide range of topics and approaches.  Excellent students are encouraged to enroll in the department's graduate offerings. 

Career Pathways for the Graduate

Students are counseled by faculty advisors concerning the various public and private sector careers for which historical study is specially well-suited.  Many B.A. graduates of history pursue employment in primary and secondary education.  Others find careers in school administrations, state and federal departments of education, philanthropic foundations, and corporate offices.  Still others advance to obtain higher degrees in graduate and professional programs. 

Educational Style

Courses are normally taught in a lecture format, though the number of seminars is now increasing.   Approaches vary significantly by faculty member, but all agree on the pedagogical centrality of written communication.  Each student is advised by a department faculty member.

Program Competencies and Outcomes

B.A. graduates develop competencies in analyzing, comparing, researching, collating, and communicating information;  they obtain a practiced understanding of the historical discipline; they become more cognizant of their own social and political contexts; and they become prepared for entry into professional settings.