History  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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History

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Paul Sherwin

 

Department of History

SCI 276
415-338-1604
E-mail: history@sfsu.edu

Chair: Barbara Loomis
Graduate Coordinators: Sarah Curtis and Jessica Elkind

 

Faculty

Professors: Curtis, D'Agostino, Getz, Hsu, Kudlick, Loomis, Oñate, Peard, Waldrep
Associate Professors: Behrooz, Chekuri, Dreyfus, Lisy-Wagner, Mabalon, Postel, Rodriguez, Williams, Wolf
Assistant Professors: Crabtree, Elkind
Lecturers: Arrieta, Corea, Germany, Katz, Leikin, Sigmon, Stevens

 

Programs

B.A. in History

B.A. in History: Honors Concentration

Minor in History

M.A. in History

 


 

Program Scope

History is the study of change in human societies over time. Undergraduates majoring in history may select advanced courses focusing upon the entire range of life within a nation or region during a given time period, or courses dealing with some specialized aspect of life (social history, economic history, etc.), or courses which explore the concepts and methodology of historical research and analysis.

 

The Master of Arts in History is offered with specialties in the United States, World History, Europe and the Mediterranean before C.E. 1500, Europe after C.E. 1500, Early Modern Europe, Latin America, and Gender in History. The M.A. is designed to accommodate students' interests and needs as they pursue a course of study under the direction of a committee of faculty members. Together with their committee, students plan a program to give both depth and breadth to their understanding of the past. The faculty are familiar with and sensitive to the needs of students who must work, part-time or full-time, while pursuing their graduate program. San Francisco and the Bay Area contain many libraries, archival repositories, and historical agencies where students can do research or obtain on-site experience through an internship.

 

Career Outlook

The history program provides training for those interested in a teaching credential, for those preparing to do graduate work in several fields, and for those who might go on to law school or seek employment in areas such as government service, archival work, and the business sector.

 

Bachelor of Arts in History

A list of faculty advisors is available at the department office, SCI 276.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Program

Course Title Units
HIST 110/
HIST 111

    or
HIST 114/
HIST 115
History of Western Civilization I/II (3 each) 
 
 
World History I/II (3 each)
 
[HIST 110/115 or HIST 114/111
may be substituted on advisement]
6
HIST 120 History of the U.S. through Reconstruction 3
HIST 121 History of the U.S. since Reconstruction 3
HIST 300 GW Seminar in Historical Analysis - GWAR 3

 

Fields of Emphasis: 24 units

Students should complete 12 units in one field of emphasis and 6 units in each of the other two fields of emphasis.

  • American History
  • Choose two fields from among the following: Africa, Asia, Europe (either Europe before 1500 or Europe since 1500), Latin America, or the Middle East.

Total: 39

 

Note: A minimum of 40 upper division units must be completed for the degree (including upper division units required for the major, general education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper division units required for graduation. In this case additional upper division courses will be needed to reach the required total.

 

All history majors must include at least one proseminar (HIST 640, 642, or 644). This seminar should be taken after HIST 300 GW and should preferably be in the primary field, although it may be in any field of emphasis. Twenty seven of the 39 units required for the major must be upper division. History majors cannot choose CR/NC grading in more than two history courses for their major, nor elect CR/NC grading in HIST 300 GW or their proseminar. With the consent of their advisor, students may offer up to six units from other departments to count toward their history major.

 

Bachelor of Arts in History: Honors Concentration

Prerequisites

In order for a student to be eligible for admission to the Honors Program, the following requirements must be met.

  • An overall GPA of 3.25 in courses at the college level. An overall GPA of 3.25 in history courses taken.
  • Students must successfully complete the following courses with a grade of B or better prior to being admitted. The courses listed below are SF State courses. Equivalent courses at other institutions are also acceptable.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Prerequisites

Course Title Units
HIST 110/
HIST 111

    or
HIST 114/
HIST 115
History of Western Civilization I/II (3 each) 
 
 
World History I/II (3 each)
 
[HIST 110/115 or HIST 114/111
may be substituted on advisement]
6
HIST 120 History of the U.S. through Reconstruction 3
HIST 121 History of the U.S. since Reconstruction 3

Total for prerequisites: 12 units

 

Required Courses

Course Title Units
HIST 300 GW Seminar in Historical Analysis - GWAR 3

 

Fields of Emphasis: 24

 

Students should complete 12 units in one field of emphasis and 6 units in each of the other two fields of emphasis.

  • American History
  • Choose two fields from among the following: Africa, Asia, Europe (either Europe before 1500 or Europe since 1500), Latin America, or the Middle East.

 

Course Title Units
HIST 640,
HIST 642,
    or
HIST 644
Proseminar 3
HIST 697 Honors Thesis 3

 

The proseminar will be taken after HIST 300 GW, normally in the major field. The honors thesis will be taken after the proseminar and will normally represent an extension of the work in that proseminar, to be supervised by the proseminar instructor. For exceptions, consult the honors advisor.

Total for required courses: 33 units

Total for honors concentration: 45 units

 

Of the 45 required units, 33 must be upper division. History majors cannot choose CR/NC grading in more than two history courses for their major, and cannot elect CR/NC grading in HIST 300 GW or their proseminar. With the consent of the honors advisor, students may offer up to 6 units from other departments to count toward honors concentration requirements.

 

Language Proficiency

To graduate in the history honors program, a student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at a level comparable to that of students who have successfully completed one year of college courses. This level of proficiency is to be demonstrated as follows:

  • Six units of college-level language with a grade of B or better, or
  • Equivalent proficiency in a foreign language based on successful completion of an examination to be administered by the Foreign Languages Department.

 

Grade Performance Requirement

Students are expected to maintain a minimum grade of B in each course to meet the honors major requirements, and a grade point average of 3.25 in all courses taken to complete the honors program. Students failing to do so will be dropped from the program. Additionally, students will be required to have an overall grade point average of 3.25 in all university-level courses taken to fulfill the university requirements for the honors degree.

 

Single Subject Teaching Credential: History/Social Science

Students who are considering teaching in the secondary schools should see a departmental credential program advisor before planning their program. Specific courses and an assessment of competencies are ­required for admission to the Secondary Education credential program. Students should also contact the Student Services Office in BH 244, (415) 405-3594, regarding teaching credential information.

 

Minor in History

History minors cannot choose CR/NC grading in more than one course in their minor, nor elect CR/NC grading in HIST 300 GW.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Program

Course Title Units
HIST 110/
HIST 111

    or
HIST 114/
HIST 115
History of Western Civilization I/II (3 each) 
 
 
World History I/II (3 each)
 
[HIST 110/115 or HIST 114/111
may be substituted on advisement]
6
HIST 120 History of the U.S. through Reconstruction 3
HIST 121 History of the U.S. since Reconstruction 3
HIST 300 GW Seminar in Historical Analysis - GWAR 3

Upper division electives in history on advisement: 9

Total: 24

 

Master of Arts in History

Graduate Advisors: Curtis, Elkind

 

Admission to Program

A prospective student must fulfill the general university requirements as stated in the section on Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Admissions of this Bulletin. To be considered for classified admission to the M.A. in History program, a student must have completed an undergraduate major in history with a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Applicants whose GPA in history falls between 3.35 and 3.5 can be considered for admission on a conditional basis. Students whose undergraduate major was not history should consult the graduate coordinator about making up course deficiencies in history. The usual pattern is for the student to complete the equivalent of a B.A. in History before being accepted as a classified student in the graduate program of the department.

 

If the student's undergraduate record, writing sample, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores meet the basic requirements and give promise of a successful pursuit of graduate work, the department will recommend that the student be admitted either to classified graduate standing (which means that the student may immediately proceed to take graduate courses and seminars) or conditional standing, specifying the conditions and time limit within which they must be met.

 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One (preadmission): assessment of the writing sample based on graduate-level rubrics; completion of writing component of GRE with a score of 4.0 or better. Level Two: satisfactorily completing the writing requirements in History 700.

 

Advancement to Candidacy

Besides meeting all general requirements for advancement to candidacy, applicants must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in all history courses taken for the Master of Arts, and may not list on the Advancement to Candidacy any course in which the grade received is below B-.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Course Title Units
HIST 700 History of Knowledge 3

 

Primary Fields of Emphasis: 15 units

One of the following areas of emphasis must be selected and courses completed upon advisement for a total of 15 units. The 6 units of graduate course work specified are required; an additional 3 units of graduate coursework should be taken in either the major or the secondary field. A minimum of 6 of the 9 units of electives must be chosen from the appropriate upper division and graduate courses in the History Department; 3 units from outside the department may be presented on advisement.

 

The United States

Course Title
HIST 780 Seminar in American History to 1877
HIST 790 Seminar in American History since 1877

Courses on advisement (9 units)

 

Europe and the Mediterranean before 1500

Course Title
HIST 710 Seminar in Ancient History
HIST 720 Seminar in Medieval History

Courses on advisement (9 units)

 

Early Modern Europe

Course Title
HIST 720 Seminar in Medieval History
HIST 730 Seminar in Early Modern European History

Courses on advisement (9 units)

 

Europe since 1500

Course Title
HIST 730 Seminar in Early Modern European History
HIST 740 Seminar in European History since 1815

Courses on advisement (9 units)

 

Latin America

Course Title
HIST 830 Seminar in Latin American History
[must be repeated with a different topic
for a total of 6 units]

Courses on advisement (9 units)

 

Gender in History

Course Title
HIST 805 Seminar in Women's History
[must be repeated with a different topic
for a total of 6 units]

Courses on advisement (9 units)

 

World

Course Title
HIST 701 Historiography of World History
HIST 850 Topics in World History Since 1500
or other appropriate graduate seminar:
Topics in World History may be repeated
with a different topic for a total of 6 units.

Courses on advisement (6 units)

Secondary Field of Emphasis: 9 units

A secondary field of emphasis of upper division/graduate courses must be completed on advisement, 3 units of which must be a graduate seminar in history. While 3 of the remaining 6 units must be in history, on advisement 3 units may be selected from a related discipline. The secondary field may be in one of the primary areas of emphasis above, or upon advisement, in a special historical field; e.g., urban history, public history, labor history, women's history, etc. For students whose primary focus is World History, their secondary field must be in a specific geographic region.

 

Culminating Experience Requirement

Select on advisement one of the following

Course Title Units
HIST 896 Directed Reading in History
    and
Master's Written Comprehensive Examination
in student's primary emphasis
3
HIST 898 Master's Thesis
   and
Oral Defense of Thesis
3

Minimum total: 30

 

Auxiliary Skills: Candidates for the master's degree are expected to present an auxiliary skill to aid them in their historical study. In almost all cases, this would be a reading knowledge of one foreign language; but, upon advisement, a candidate may design a two-semester course of study in another skill that is relevant to his or her research. Information about specific requirements may be obtained from the graduate coordinator.

 

Research: The student must complete 3 graduate level units of directed research in the major or minor fields. If the student takes a research seminar, or completes the master's thesis (HIST 898), the research requirements will have been met. If the student takes three reading seminars, a directed research course must be taken, preferably in the form of HIST 899. This research must involve the use of primary sources and should ordinarily involve the utilization of the student's auxiliary skill (see requirement above).

 

Thesis Option: While the usual culminating requirement consists of History 896 and the written comprehensive examination, under certain conditions a student may be given permission to do a thesis (HIST 898, Master's Thesis) and an oral defense of the thesis in his/her major field. Students considering the thesis option should contact the department chair or graduate coordinator for further details.

 

 

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