Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2004 - 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Undergraduate Minor
Faculty Heather Bailey, Terry Bodenhorn, Cecilia Stiles Cornell,
Deborah Kuhn McGregor, Robert K. McGregor, Phillip Shaw Paludan,
William H. Siles
Associated Faculty Larry Shiner
Emeritus Faculty Cullom Davis, Durward Long
Adjunct Faculty John Daly, Thomas Wood
Contact: (217) 206-6779
email@example.com or www.uis.edu/history/
By emphasizing the link between the past and the contemporary
world, the history program seeks to help students understand
and the times in which they live. The program encourages
students to compare elements of their own culture with those of
cultures from other time periods. Students of history gain
a sense of what
is unique in, as well as generally characteristic of, individuals,
groups, and national cultures in the present as well as the
The Bachelor's Degree
The baccalaureate program is organized for citizen-students
who hope to place their world in historical perspective
as a means
of living rich and intelligent lives. Through understanding
change as well as continuity in human institutions, students
the forces shaping their present and future. Education
in history at the University of Illinois at Springfield is
humanities training, providing students with research capabilities,
methods, and communication skills that are useful in many
The curriculum prepares students for careers in history,
politics, government, law, journalism, writing, and administration.
the applied study experience students are able to test
career possibilities where the research and analytical skills
the historian are appropriate.
Each student is assigned a faculty adviser to assist in
planning an individual program of study responsive to
interests and goals and designed to meet the requirements
of the history
Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester
hours of UIS requirements in the areas of liberal studies
colloquia, public affairs colloquia, and applied study.
These hours must
include at least four hours in each of at least two
of these areas.
To pursue a major in history, Capital Scholars and
transfer students must complete the following courses
from an accredited institution:
HIS 201 World History or
HIS 202 European History 3 Hrs.
HIS 203 U.S. History 3 Hrs.
Total prerequisites 6 Hrs.
Upper-division Core Requirements
HIS 301 The Historian's Craft 3 Hrs.
HIS 303 Understanding U.S. History 3 Hrs.
HIS 401 Senior Seminar (capstone) 3 Hrs.
Two non-U.S. history courses 8 Hrs.
Elective history courses 16 Hrs.
Electives 16 Hrs.
UIS Requirements 12 Hrs.
Total 60 Hrs.
Courses from other programs may count for history
credit when they support the student's degree
plan and are
Students must demonstrate the ability to analyze
and interpret historical sources through
a research paper. Students and their advisers
will confer about
which will be submitted to the assessment
Learning experiences available to history
majors include regular classroom courses;
study and tutorials;
study internships at libraries, archives,
historic sites, and other institutions,
particularly in state government.
includes period courses covering America
the colonial era to the present, thematic
as imperialism and women's history, courses
in European and Asian history,
analyzing historic forces shaping the contemporary
History majors can be certified to teach
at the elementary or secondary level.
to the teacher education
program (TEP). Students seeking certification
will be assigned both a history adviser
and a TEP adviser,
regularly to make sure they satisfy requirements
for both the major and certification.
Students interested in certification
consult the teacher education section
Students must complete a minimum of 16
semester hours of upper-division course
work at UIS.
on a case-by-case
basis through the student petition
process. Students should consult with a history
member in designing
the requirements for a minor.
HIS 301 The Historian's Craft 3 Hrs.
HIS 303 Understanding U.S. History
At least one upper-division history
in non-U.S. history 4 Hrs.
One upper-division history elective
HIS 201, 202, or 203 or approved
equivalent 3 Hrs.
Total 17 Hrs.
The Master's Degree
The master of arts in history emphasizes
the field of public history, that
is, the blending
history with intent to broaden
public awareness of the value of studying
the past. The public history
curriculum is designed to serve
students with a variety
of goals, including
those who seek employment
in historical agencies, museums, historical societies,
or archives; those interested in
with business, labor, or community
organizations; and those desiring the intellectual
stimulation of a challenging discipline.
skills and subjects as historical
editing, sponsored research,
community history, historic preservation,
oral history, and
museum interpretation. Courses and field experiences
in these areas are available.
Through timely advising
the graduate student
may pursue any of these avenues
of interest. Whatever the objective,
should expect to acquire critical and analytical
abilities and intellectual breadth
Applicants for admission into the
master's program in history must
either 1) have
a baccalaureate degree with
major in history, political
science, economics, English, or sociology;
or 2) demonstrate sufficient undergraduate
in the social
and/or the humanities to prepare
for graduate-level study in history,
the equivalent in experience
and achievement. Applicants who show
in history courses may be required
to take additional course work
are admitted to the graduate
All applicants must submit a
sample of their writing as
Although it is not
required, applicants may
one or more of the following: GRE scores,
three letters of recommendation, a
documentation of work experience
in the field of history.
Master's degree candidates
in history must complete
distributed as follows:
The Public History Core 4
HIS 501 Graduate History
Colloquium (satisfies 4
hours of the campus'
communication skills requirement)
HIS 502 Public History
Colloquium 4 Hrs.
HIS 503 Researching and
Writing History 4 Hrs.
HIS 510 Graduate Readings
Seminar 4 Hrs.
HIS 570 Public History
Internship and Project
HIS 580 Thesis 8 Hrs.
Total Core 24 Hrs.
Public history courses
emphasizing methods and
faculty adviser for details)
Other history courses
or themes in history
Total Other 20 Hrs.
Total 44 Hrs.
During the first semester
of study, each student
assists in defining
career goals, selecting courses,
an education plan.
To attain a master's degree, the
student must complete either
a master's thesis
or an internship
complete at least
three of the core requirements
(HIS 501, 502, 503, and 510)
570 or 580).
The thesis is a formal written
presentation of historical
research based on primary
sources. The project derives
from an internship
or other entity. Students must
enroll for a total
of eight hours' credit in the
master's internship and
or the master's
(HIS 580); however, these hours
may be accrued in increments.
Campus policy requires that
students enroll for at
least one hour of closure
credit each semester
after they have begun their
graduate closure exercise until that exercise
completed. This means that
those history students whose project
HIS 570 or HIS 580 must register
to audit HIS 571 or HIS 581,
terms) until the project
or thesis is completed.
The master's project or thesis
requirement is designed to
to use the rich
the campus' own archives
and the Illinois Regional Archival
are also primary and secondary
sources available in the
Illinois State Library,
the Sangamon Valley Collection
of Springfield's Lincoln
sites in the area.
Students must earn a grade
of B or better in all courses
to this policy.
History majors may repeat
program courses for grade
seeking program approval.
Graduate Credit in 400-Level
Graduate students enrolled
in 400-level courses
are expected to perform
at a higher level
to complete extra
as defined by the
such work include reading
addition to that
required of undergraduate
an annotated bibliography
in the professional literature
field, or meeting
separately with the instructor
to research a specified