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Bachelor of Arts

  • History

Minors

  • History
  • Museum Studies

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Major in History; Shape Your Renaissance

The legacy of our past paves the way to creating our future. Uncover new perspectives and insights from ancient civilizations. Understand the struggles and strengths that have shaped the United States. We'll teach you how to research the past like a history detective, develop your analytical skills and your writing --three skills in top demand by today's employers.

Our mission is to provide you with a solid grounding in modern
global and American history and prepare you for a career you will
love and be passionate about, such as teaching, graduate study and law.

In addition to the traditional history curriculum, undergraduate majors are encouraged to enrich their understanding of the past through internships, involvement in Phi Alpha Theta/History Club, and other relevant activities.

Part of the uniqueness of the department is the fact that it hosts two significant research archives: the Black Abolitionist Archives and the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive. Students are encouraged to make use of these resources, both by gaining practical experience in the archives and by using them in their research for courses.

 

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History

University of Detroit Mercy's history major plays an integral role in the University's liberal arts education and provides the foundation for a variety of career paths including medicine and law.

Our program:

  1. Provides students in all colleges and programs opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the contemporary world through a critical knowledge of the past;
  2. Creates opportunities to cultivate skills that build a great future including analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and interpreting historical evidence.

Program Requirements
36 credit hours

Required Courses

HIS 1500 or HIS 2640 Introduction to History or Comparative Civilizations 3 credits
HIS 2500 The United States to 1877 3 credits
HIS 2510 United States Since 1877 3 credits
HIS 2910 Historical Methods 3 credits
Two courses in European History 6 credits
Two courses in World History 6 credits
Two electives at the 3000/4000 level 6 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a major in history.

Interest Area: Public History

Interest Area: Teaching (Secondary)

Interest Area: Pre Law

Interest Area: Graduate Study

History Minor

University of Detroit Mercy's history minor consists of 18 hours of approved coursework with at least an overall C average. You have the freedom to choose the area of history that interests you, such as United States history, the European sequence or take a more World viewpoint. An exit interview and mini-portfolio are required at the end of the coursework.

For additional information, please contact Diane Robinson-Dunn, Ph.D., professor of history at robinsod@udmercy.edu.

Minor Requirements
18 credit hours

Required Courses

HIS 1500 or HIS 2640 Introduction to History or Comparative Civilizations 3 credits
Two courses from U.S. History, European History, or World History 6 credits
Three courses at the 3000-4000 level 6 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a minor in history.

A museum studies minor, when completed in conjunction with a relevant academic major, will prepare you to for entry-level positions in museums and related cultural institutions. You may also decide to pursue a graduate program in museum studies or a related field. This includes a wide range of types of museums: art museums, natural history museums, museums of science and technology, history museums, planetariums, botanical gardens and zoos.

Detroit is a great American city that is rich in museums and related cultural institutions. You will have plenty of interesting and rewarding opportunities for internships. Learn more in the catalog link below.

Museum Studies Minor Requirements
18 credit hours

Required Courses

MUSM 4000 Introduction to Museum Studies 3 credits
MUSM 4980 Internship 3 credits
Two electives in Museum Studies 6 credits
Two electives from the ancillary course list 6 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a minor in Museum Studies.

Undergraduate history majors follow a variety of career paths. Some discussion of the variety of career paths is integrated into HIS 2910/Historical Methods.

One traditional option has been teaching, either in the secondary schools or at community colleges or universities. Those interested in becoming certified to teach History in the secondary schools should consult Secondary Teacher Education.

Teaching at community colleges or universities requires additional graduate education in History, usually the Ph.D. Majors interested in pursuing graduate education in history should consult their advisor in the Department of History.

Another traditional option has been the law. Those considering this career path should consult UDM's Pre-Law Program.

A significant and growing number of undergraduate History majors go into government service or what is known as public history, careers which bring awareness and understandings of the past before a broad public audience. The latter includes careers in

  • museums,
  • archives,
  • editing and publishing,
  • and historic site preservation.

Full-Time Faculty

Gregory Sumner
Professor of History and Co-Chair, History Department

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Roy Finkenbein, University of Detroit Mercy Professor of History
 

Roy E Finkenbine
Professor of History, Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive and Co-Chair, History Department

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Teaches:
African American history
Nineteenth-century America


Daniel Kroupa
Lecturer of History and Director of Museum Studies

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Teaches:
American History
Museum Studies


Diane Robinson-Dunn
Associate Professor of History

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Teaches:
History of Modern Europe
Modern Middle East
British Empire
Comparative Civilizations


Sarah Stever
Associate Professor of History

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Teaches:
Ancient Mediterranean World
History of Art and architecture
Renaissance Italy

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education is home to two distinctive archival collections, the Black Abolitionist Archives and the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive.

Black Abolitionist Archives

Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA)

Need More Information BEFORE You Apply?

If you would like more information about the History major or the minors in history or museum studies, please use our contact form:

or contact:

Roy Finkenbein, Ph.D.
Department Co-Chair
Briggs Building, Room 318
Phone: (313) 993-1016
Fax: (313) 993-1166
E-Mail: finkenre@udmercy.edu
    Greg Sumner, Ph.D.
Department Co-Chair
Briggs 327– McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1121
Fax: (313) 993-1166
E-Mail: sumnergd@udmercy.edu

To apply, please go to the UDM Admissions page: http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/online/index.htm