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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History


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Bachelor of Arts 

The mission of the Department of History at Providence College is to encourage a sensitivity to the past in order that students might better understand the present and prepare intelligently to deal with the challenges of the future. Moreover, the department seeks to train and instruct students in historical method, with emphasis on doing the work of history with the greatest possible objectivity, resisting personal and social prejudice and ideological fashion.

History courses are intended to develop in students a basic grasp of both European and American civilizations and to provide students with opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of non-Western civilizations.

The department emphasizes an appreciation of the Judaeo-Christian heritage in keeping with the character and mission of the College as a Roman Catholic and Dominican institution. It also promotes an understanding of democratic tradition and practice and their relation to the responsibilities of citizenship and humane development of the nation and the world.

Advanced Placement Policy

For History Majors

History majors with an Advanced Placement grade of “5” on the A.P. U.S. and/or European History exam(s) will be given a one-course reduction in the required courses for the specific area(s) and will be given flexibility in choosing the remaining two courses (i.e., any two courses for the particular area). For instance, a major with a grade of “5” in U.S. History would be required to take only two courses in U.S. history and may choose any two U.S. history courses for those required courses. History majors with an Advanced Placement grade of “5” on the World History exam will be given a one-course reduction in the number of required electives for the major. Thus a major with a “5” in World History would be required to complete only three electives in history.

A limit of two A.P. scores of “5” will be recognized by the department for reduction of the total number of courses in the major.

History majors with an Advanced Placement grade of “4” on the A.P. U.S. and/or European History exam(s) will be given flexibility in choosing any three courses for U.S. and/or European History. For such students, the required number of history credits to be earned for the major would remain at 33.

Suggested Sequence


Freshman Sem. 1


Freshman Sem. 2


Sophomore Sem. 1


Sophomore Sem. 2


Junior Sem. 1


Junior Sem. 2


History Elective (Non-Western) 3 Credits
European Requirement (Post-1715)* 3 Credits
Philosophy Elective 3 Credits
Core Requirement 3 Credits
Free Elective 3 Credits

Senior Sem. 1


European Requirement (Pre or Post-1715)* 3 Credits
History Elective 3 Credits
Theology Elective 3 Credits
Free Electives (2) 6 Credits

Senior Sem. 2


History Elective 3 Credits
History Elective (Seminar) 3 Credits
Theology Elective 3 Credits
Free Electives (2) 6 Credits

Additional Information


History majors are required to complete 33 credits in history. These are normally fulfilled by completing a three-credit gateway course, nine credits in United States history and European history, and 12 from departmental electives, of which a non-Western history course and a junior/senior seminar are required. Necessary adjustments and appropriate substitutions for departmental requirements may be made in accordance with approved department policy and with permission of the chairperson of the department.

Options for students with AP history exam score of “5” or “4” are described under the section entitled “Advanced Placement Policy.”

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