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AIS: History (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
Carter Jones Meyer Roark Atkinson
David Lewis-Colman (SSHS)
Paul Elovitz
Karl E. Johnson (SSHS)
Tae Kwak
Pinar Kayaalp
Sam Mustafa
Stephen Rice
Ellen Ross (SSHS)
Michael Riff
Ira Spar


About the Major

History, as the story of humankind, permits us to examine the lives and cultures of the past with a vision informed by hindsight and enhanced by modern analytical tools. People have traditionally looked to history to understand where they and their times fit into the continuing flow of changing circumstances and ideas. The History major at Ramapo College offers students the opportunity to study this subject for the reasons that have made it a hallmark of an educated person: it appeals to intellectual curiosity, expands awareness of other cultures, develops the imagination and helps connect the past to contemporary concerns. It provides students with the background and skill to understand the present and assist in creating the future, for, as the philosopher George Santayana observed, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

The History program at Ramapo thus treats history as a narrative of the past, an exploration of different cultures, an example for the present, and a guidepost for the future. Students may explore geographical areas including the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, or Africa, or concentrate on historical periods as varied as Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages or the United States since 1945. In addition, students can elect to study the history of specific groups such as women, Native Americans or African-Americans, or subjects as diverse as art history, the Cold War, psychohistory or the American West.

History majors also have hands-on opportunities to write history themselves or to work in the field. Students are encouraged to initiate independent study projects on a subject of interest to themselves under the supervision of a faculty member of their choice. Majors can gain additional perspective from study abroad, fieldwork in historical areas, and internships at historical museums, and historic preservation sites.

In entry-level courses through senior seminars, History majors are taught to evaluate what they read analytically and express their ideas clearly in writing; these are essential skills in virtually any career. Because History encourages these abilities, students who major in History are often sought after for positions not directly related to their field of study — business, for example. Careers more typically pursued by History majors include law and the other professions. Additional choices include government service, publishing, journalism, social work, public history, and library and museum work. The field of diplomacy is another obvious possibility, as is teaching, either in secondary school, or, after attending graduate school, in a college or university. Several Ramapo graduates in History are currently teaching at the College.

The Ramapo Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, gives special recognition for outstanding history students. A thriving History Club provides the excitement of outside speakers, sponsors field trips, and gives students a chance to exercise leadership abilities as well. Ramapo's historians have published books and articles on subjects as diverse as ancient archaeology, Asian immigrants, American presidents, multinational corporations, Native Americans, women immigrants in America in the 1960s and poor women in Victorian London. In their research and classes, they use perspectives and methodologies as varied as their interests. Students in the program can encounter psychohistory, interdisciplinary or archaeological techniques, and feminist, literary and oral history, to name but a few.

Ramapo is developing a relationship with historic homes and associations where students have an opportunity for internships and independent study. An example of this is the Hermitage in Hohokus, N.J.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
AIID 101 [W] FIRST YEAR TOPICS: LIBERAL STUDIES
  FOUNDATIONS I AND
FOUNDATIONS II AND
INTERMEDIATE I OR
PROFICIENCY TEST
(SEE AIS WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT)
HISTORY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
HIST 105 WESTERN STUDIES I OR
HIST 109 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I
  AND
HIST 106 WESTERN STUDIES II OR
HIST 110 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS II
  Take both of the following:
HIST 101 INTRO TO US HISTORY I
HIST 102 INTRO TO US HISTORY II
  AND
HIST 201 HISTORIOGRAPHY
  6 HIST (200 & 300 level) courses
  Students are strongly advised to pursue  a concentration.
  One course must be outside concentration.
  Two courses must be at 300-level
HIST 410 HISTORY SEMINAR

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
SELECT FIVE History (HIST) courses above the 100 level,  two of which must be 200 level and two of which must be 300 level.

 

Students may elect to take courses focusing upon periods or themes.
Students must consult with a member of the history faculty to plan their minor.

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.


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