Exploring the past that inspires our future.

You’re inspired to explore the world throughout time. You’re interested in learning about the history of your own culture and those of other people. You enjoy analyzing how the present day is influenced by the past. That’s why you want to earn a degree in Marian’s history program.

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The Program
Marian University’s history program uses innovative teaching strategies while providing you with a well-balanced focus on the United States and Europe, as well as non-Western areas such as Africa and Asia. You’ll also explore American Indian, Latin American and women’s history, as well as the history of American minorities.

 

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Sample Course Plan:
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General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements. HIS 101 and HIS 102 are included in the major program.

46 credits as follows:

19 credits:

A survey of world civilizations from human origins to the 16th century. Exploration of the cultural, political and economic development of humankind in a global context.

A survey of world civilizations from the 16th century to the present. Exploration of the cultural, political and economic development of humankind in a global context.

A survey course in which the cultural, political and economic events that have shaped American history from the precontact period to 1877 will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics including the evolution of race and gender relations, independence, the emergence of popular democracy, the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction and the impact of industrialism and urbanization upon American life.

A survey course in which the cultural, political and economic events that have shaped American history from 1877 to the present will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics including the continuing development of race and gender relations, the impact of industrialism, the world wars and the Cold War upon American life.

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A survey of the cultural, economic, political and social history of Wisconsin from the days of exploration to the present. The class emphasizes independent research and discussion.

Students will begin the design and research for a project related to their area of interest and career aspirations.

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Students will complete the project begun in HIS 395.

6 credits from the following:

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A study of the development of the church from apostolic times to the Reformation. Significant figures in the history of the church are studied with stress on the interaction of the church and the world.

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A study of church history from the Reformation to the present. The course focuses on the influence of the church on the world rather than on doctrinal matters.

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A survey of English history from ancient times to the present. Special attention will be given to the social, political, and economic developments that have influenced the course of English history.

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A study of the European powers during the period 1815-1914. Concepts such as liberalism, nationalism, conservatism, democracy and socialism are critically examined. The course concludes with an examination of the origins of World War I.

A study of Europe commencing with World War I and extending to its current political and economic condition. The rise of dictatorships, trials of democracy, World War II, colonialism, post war economic revivals, social and cultural transformation, as well as the course and conclusion of the Cold War are explored.

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A study of various controversies within European history from ancient times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of European history in a seminar type format. The topic(s) is drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students.

6 credits from the following:

A study of American federalism from 1787 to the present as manifested in the interpretation of the Constitution by the federal courts. The course focuses upon federal-state relations over time. Upon successful completion of the course students will have developed an understanding of federal supremacy and its changing nature in a political context.

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The class explores the multiplicity of approaches historians use to conduct research, engage in historical preservation, present history to public audiences via historical societies, electronic media, and museums. The course is designed to familiarize the student with not only the historiography of public history, but also the theories and practice behind the presentation of history to public audiences. Pedagogical approaches include in-class study, presentations by public history practitioners, site visits, and through Service-Learning at an appropriate public history venue.

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A survey of major foreign policy issues and the conduct of diplomacy from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on twentieth century involvement of major powers in international conflicts. (Also INS 408)

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A seminar dealing with the political, economic, intellectual and social trends of the United States since 1933. Topics for discussion include the New Deal, World War II, Cold War adn the dramatic political, economic, foreign policy, social and cultural changes in American society during the last forty years.

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A study of the history of American Indians from precontact times to the present. Special attention is given to issues surrounding the continuing effect of contact/discovery, upon American Indians in a cultural, political and economic context.

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A study of the causes and course of the Civil War as well as its consequences for subsequent American history. The course will focus upon the key issues of slavery and race relations, the effect of industrialization upon sectional tensions, southern particularism and the social and political life of the era.

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A study of various controversies within American history from colonial times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

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An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of American history in a seminar type format. The topic(s) are drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students.

6 credits from the following:

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Provides the student with an opportunity to explore topics in ancient history from a Western or non-Western social, political and economic framework.

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A survey of events in the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the current day.

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A survey of economic, political, religious, and social change ad continuity in Latin America from the pre-colonial period to the present day. Latin America is defined as including the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central America and South America.

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A topical survey of the history of African peoples from human origins to the present. Regional historical developments; African social and political patterns; the impact of external contacts; imperialism and colonialism; nationalism and independence; current issues in Africa.

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A survey of civilizations in monsoon Asia from prehistory to the present. Emphasis is placed on cultural, political and social development of China, Japan and India, with some attention to Korea, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

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A study of various controversies within World history from ancient times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

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An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of world history in a seminar type format. The topics are drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students.

For Careers in Public History:
To pursue jobs at museums and other historical attractions and organizations, students should take HIS 309-Public History and complete a minor in one of the following areas: Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Information Technology, Leadership, Public Relations, or Communications.

25-31 credits:

University electives – depending upon history strand

Mission:

The Marian University History Program seeks the to promote history as a vocation, chronological and geographical thinking as well as historical comprehension, analysis, interpretation, and research, effective communication and critical thinking, and understanding of global perspectives and spiritual traditions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify, analyze, and use primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
  • Analyze issues and events from multiple perspectives.
  • Achieve content mastery in World, American, and European history.
  • Compare and contrast ideas, societies, events, individual actions, philosophies, beliefs and spiritual traditions across cultures and time.
  • Employ historical logic and historical evidence in written arguments.
  • Identify historical injustices and explore possible alternatives.
  • Analyze strengths and weaknesses of historiographical arguments.
  • Organize, plan, and conduct research

Graduates of the history program stay one step ahead of the competition, and are equipped with the essential skills that ensure success in the working world. A history degree from Marian University prepares you for a variety of career possibilities including those in advocacy, business, education, law, publishing and research. Recent graduates have found success in many positions, including as small business owners, managers for Wisconsin-based and nationwide companies, physicians assistants, middle and high school teachers, legislative aids, librarians and program directors for museums, arts centers and community centers.

97.8% of graduates between 2006 and 2014 were employed or entered graduate school within 6 months according to a survey completed by the History Program in Spring 2015. 100% of our students score at or above satisfactory standards for the learning outcomes above in their senior capstone projects.

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

At Marian University, you’ll find committed faculty and staff aiming to help you reach your highest potential. Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s history program prepares you to share your passion for history in graduate school or employment in the field.

Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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J.J. Jenkins is a 2011 graduate of Marian’s history program. Read about how his research is inspiring the local community.

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Mary Gross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair
History Department
920.923.7664
MGross@marianuniversity.edu

Matt-Szromba

Matthew Szromba, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
History Department
920.923.8505
mpszromba93@marianuniversity.edu

 

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Pat Boelhower, M.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
History Department
920.923.8766
PBoelhower@marianuniversity.edu

Sr. Marie Scott, M.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
History Department
920.923.7624
MScott@marianuniversity.edu

Gayle Kiszely, M.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
History Department
920.923.8766
gakiszely@marianuniversity.edu

Tracey Marx, M.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty & AGS Coordinator
History Department
920.923.8573
TMarx@marianuniversity.edu

Charles Lester, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
History Department
920.923.8145
Ctlester01@marianuniversity.edu

As part of the history program, you will find personal, one-on-one support from faculty who are eager to share their knowledge and passion for history. In addition to challenging coursework, you’ll engage in internship experiences, as well as research in an area of historical interest to you.

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920.923.7650920.923.7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

Mary Gross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair
History Department
920.923.7664920.923.7664
mgross@marianuniversity.edu

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