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2021-2023 - Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2023 - Undergraduate Catalog

History/Philosophy Department

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The Department of History/Philosophy offers undergraduate programs leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Education. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts with a Public History Concentration for students interested in careers at historical institutions such as museums, archives, or historic sites. The history major is designed to generate and sustain an interest in the world, past and present. This is done so students can become better citizens, more effective participants in society, and acquire the reading, writing, and thinking skills essential for success in any career or occupation.  Social Studies Education 7-12 students seeking Pennsylvania certification should see requirements outlined in the College of Education and Human Services.

History Features

Shippensburg University’s history department offers a wide range of opportunities to take courses and to pursue research in almost any area of student interest. These specialties fall into the three broad areas of American, European, and African/Asian/Latin American history. Also, there are studies in archival and museum work along with the opportunity for internships in these areas. The university is within driving distance of major collections of sources which enhance and enrich historical studies. Also, there are studies in archival and museum work, historic preservation, local history, and oral history. Hands-on experience can also be gained through internships at many local sites, including Gettysburg National Military Park, the United States Military History Institute, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

History, B.A. with accelerated 4 + 1 M.A. in Applied History option

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (any concentration) have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated Master’s Degree in Applied History.  Qualified students will enter the university as first-year students or transfer students in the Bachelor of Arts in History program with provisional admission to the graduate program in Applied History. Current students can choose to pursue the 4 + 1 B.A./M.A. program any time prior to the start of their senior year at the university (two semesters before graduation/90 credits completed). For students on a four-year track, they would start the program during the fall of their senior year. All students seeking to enroll in the program must be admitted to the graduate program and have at least a 3.0 grade point average at the time they would begin the accelerated program.

Students will complete one 400-level or 500-level graduate course during each of their last two undergraduate semesters.  Those courses will be double-counted towards both the B.A. and M.A. degree upon successful completion of graduate coursework. Students will then complete two additional semesters of full-time graduate work (9 graduate credits per semester), and a six-credit graduate internship the following summer to complete both degrees.

History/Philosophy Career Opportunities

History majors develop reading, writing, research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills that can be applied to a wide array of professional careers, such as law, education, theology, writing, museum and archival work, business, and government service. 

The philosophy minor provides students with training in logic, critical thinking, and ethics.






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