Department of History and International Studies

Department of History and International Studies

This diverse department encourages students to explore the American past, the European heritage, and Non-Western cultures.

The programs provide excellent preparation for law or graduate school, government service, seminary, museum and archive work, or secondary education.

The interdisciplinary international studies major provides a broad liberal arts foundation, a basic knowledge of foreign cultures, and an opportunity to concentrate in studies in one or more geographic regions.

Majors are urged to seek active, hands-on learning experiences. In recent years, majors have:

  • Observed first-hand the rapid changes overtaking Eastern Europe by spending January in Bulgaria and May in Poland , Hungary , and the Czech Republic
  • Researched presidential primaries
  • Attended national political conventions
  • Tried legal cases in mock courts
  • Investigated regional history as part of a research team that published its findings
  • Explored foreign cultures through novels, poetry, and films
  • Conducted political surveys
  • Presented before the West Virginia Historical Association and regional undergraduate research conferences

MAJORS:

History Major

The History curriculum is designed to encourage students to read critically, think creatively, research thoroughly, and write effectively. The department encourages students to explore the American past, the European heritage, and Non-Western cultures.

The program provides excellent preparation for law or graduate school, government service, seminary, or museum and archive work. In conjunction with education courses, it can also lead to a certification to teach in secondary education. The department also offers a minor in history.

International Studies Major

The increasing interdependence of people, nations and institutions at all level calls for an in-depth study of politics, markets, culture, media and information on the global scale. The interdisciplinary International Studies major provides a broad liberal arts foundation, a basic knowledge of foreign cultures, and an opportunity to concentrate in studies of one or more geographic regions. This major prepares students for graduate study, a position in a non-governmental organization such as the Peace Corps or church-related mission work. Travel and study abroad programs are encouraged. Credit of up to three credit hours selected from an approved international study course may be applied to the major. International Studies majors are encouraged to participate in the International Student Organization while on campus.

International Travel Opportunities

Programs for international study include short-term study courses and overseas courses offered through enrollment in other institutions of higher education, both American and international. Wesleyan maintains exchange programs with South Korea and Northern Ireland. May Term courses have included travel to: China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, South Korea, and Spain.

Learning Outcomes

History

International Studies

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