Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Undergraduate Minor
Faculty Heather Bailey, Terry Bodenhorn, Cecilia Stiles
Cornell, Deborah Kuhn McGregor, Robert K. McGregor, Cindy Nimchuk,
Phillip Shaw Paludan, Peter Shapinsky, William H. Siles
Emeritus Faculty Cullom Davis, Durward Long, Larry Shiner
Adjunct Faculty Thomas Wood
Contact: (217) 206-6779
email@example.com or www.uis.edu/history/
For students interested in the online program
emphasizing the link between the past and the contemporary world,
the history program seeks to help students understand themselves and
the times in which they live. The program encourages students to
compare elements of their own culture with those of other 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 past.
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 can grasp the
forces shaping their present and future. Education in history at the
University of Illinois at Springfield is broad‑based humanities
training, providing students with research capabilities, analytical
methods, and communication skills that are useful in many fields.
The curriculum prepares students for careers in history, politics,
government, law, journalism, writing, and administration. Through
the applied study experience students are able to test career
possibilities where the research and analytical skills of the
historian are appropriate.
ONLINE HISTORY PROGRAM
The online history program, which is identical to the on-campus
program except for entrance requirements, allows students to
participate actively in dynamic, diverse, and interactive online
learning communities and to complete their degrees in their own time
and at their own pace via the Internet. The online format enables
them to complete coursework using the latest networked information
technologies for increased access to educational resources,
advisers, and materials.
The online program will accept 20 students per academic year.
Each student is assigned a faculty adviser to assist in planning
an individual program of study responsive to the student's 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, students must complete the
following courses or transfer equivalent courses from an accredited
HIS 201 World History or
HIS 202 European History 3 Hrs.
HIS 203 U.S. History 3 Hrs.
Total prerequisites 6 Hrs.
Additional program requirements for the online history program
To be considered for the online program, applicants must meet
the following requirements:
* have access to the Internet and possess computer skills
necessary to study online
* have achieved a GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) from an
accredited college or university
Additionally, applicants to the online program must submit a
statement of intent (not more than 500 words) in which they discuss
* academic background
* rationale for pursuing a degree in history
* rationale for wanting to complete the degree online at UIS
* plan for progress toward, and completion of, their degree
* other relevant experience
The statement of intent should be mailed to History Program, UHB
3050, University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza,
MS UHB 3050, Springfield, IL 62703-5407.
Application review dates for the online history program
2006-2007 academic year: Review of applications will
begin in February. For best consideration, applicants must have all
information submitted by February 15.
Technology needs for online students
333 MHz Intel Pentium processor or equivalent
128 MB of RAM
56 Kbps modem
16-bit sound card and speakers
65,000-color video display card (video)
Windows 98 operating system or newer
Internet connection and Internet Explorer 5.5 or Netscape 4.7
Some classes might require CD-ROM.
Mac* OS 8.1 or later
128 MB RAM; 65 MB virtual memory
604 PowerPC (200 MHz or better)
Web browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or later or
Netscape 4.7 or later
Some classes might require CD-ROM.
Graduation requirements for both on-campus and off-campus
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 15 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 approved in advance.
Students must demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret
historical sources through submission and acceptance of a research
paper. Students and their advisers will confer about the paper,
which will be submitted to the assessment committee.
Learning experiences available to history majors include regular
classroom courses; independent study and tutorials; and applied
study internships at libraries, archives, historic sites, and other
institutions, particularly in state government. The history
curriculum includes period courses covering America from the
colonial era to the present, thematic courses in such areas as
imperialism and women's history, courses in European and Asian
history, and courses analyzing historic forces shaping the
History majors can be certified to teach at the elementary or
secondary level. Students must apply separately to the teacher
education program (TEP). Students seeking certification will be
assigned both a history adviser and a TEP adviser, whom they should
consult regularly to make sure they satisfy requirements for both
the major and certification. Students interested in certification
should consult the teacher education section of this catalog.
Students must complete a minimum of 16 semester hours of
upper‑division course work at UIS. Transfer credit is evaluated on a
case‑by‑case basis through the student petition process. Students
should consult with a history program faculty member in designing
and meeting the requirements for a minor.
HIS 301 The Historian’s Craft 3 Hrs.
HIS 303 Understanding U.S. History 3 Hrs.
At least one upper-division history elective course in non‑U.S.
history 4 Hrs.
One upper-division history elective 4 Hrs.
HIS 201, 202, or 203 or approved equivalent 3 Hrs.
Total 17 Hrs.
Grading Policy for Major and Minor
History courses for which the student has attained a grade of
full C or higher (= GPA of 2.00 or higher) will be applied toward
the B.A. degree (major or minor). History courses taken as credit/no
credit will be applied toward the degree if a grade of CR is
attained. History majors may repeat program courses for grade
improvement only once without seeking program approval.
THE MASTER’S DEGREE
The master of arts in history emphasizes the field of public
history, that is, the blending of academic and applied 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 becoming teachers; those pursuing careers with
business, labor, or community organizations; and those desiring the
intellectual stimulation of a challenging discipline.
Public history embraces such 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 and careful course selection, the graduate student may
pursue any of these avenues of interest. Whatever the objective,
degree candidates should expect to acquire critical and analytical
abilities and intellectual breadth appropriate to graduate‑level
Applicants for admission into the master's program in history
must either 1) have a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate
major in history, political science, economics, English, or
sociology; or 2) demonstrate sufficient undergraduate course work in
the social sciences and/or the humanities to prepare for
graduate‑level study in history, or the equivalent in experience and
achievement. Applicants who show deficient backgrounds in history
courses may be required to take additional course work before they
are admitted to the graduate program.
All applicants must submit a sample of their writing as described
in the program application materials. Although it is not required,
applicants may also submit one or more of the following: GRE scores,
three letters of recommendation, a history research paper, or
documentation of work experience in the field of history.
Master's degree candidates in history must complete 44 semester
hours distributed as follows:
The Public History Core 4 Hrs.
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 or
HIS 580 Thesis 8 Hrs.
Total Core 24 Hrs.
Public history courses emphasizing methods and applications
(consult faculty adviser for details) 8‑12 Hrs.
Other history courses emphasizing periods, regions, or themes
in history 8‑12 Hrs.
Total Other 20 Hrs.
Total 44 Hrs.
During the first semester of study, each student is assigned an
initial faculty adviser who assists in defining career goals,
selecting courses, and developing an education plan.
To attain a master's degree, the student must complete either a
master's thesis or an internship and project. Candidates must
successfully complete at least three of the core requirements (HIS
501, 502, 503, and 510) before enrolling in credit hours toward the
closure requirement (HIS 570 or 580).
The thesis is a formal written presentation of historical
research based on primary sources. The project derives from an
internship served with a historical agency or other entity. Students
must enroll for a total of eight hours' credit in the master's
internship and project course (HIS 570) or the master's thesis
course (HIS 580); however, these hours may be accrued in increments.
Campus policy requires that students enroll in a closure exercise
each semester after they have begun their graduate closure exercise
until that exercise is completed. This means that those history
students whose project or thesis is not completed by the end of
eight semester hours of continuous enrollment in HIS 570 or HIS 580
must register for HIS 571 or HIS 581 (zero credit hours, one
billable hour), respectively, in all subsequent semesters (except
summer terms) until the project or thesis is completed.
The master's project or thesis requirement is designed to
encourage students to use the rich resources available in the
Springfield area, including the campus' own archives and the
Illinois Regional Archival Depository collections. There are also
primary and secondary sources available in the Illinois State
Library, the State Archives, the State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library, the Sangamon Valley Collection of
Springfield's Lincoln Library, and several historic sites in the
Students must earn a grade of B or better (= GPA 3.00 or higher)
in all courses counting toward the master's degree. Students may
petition the program for exceptions to this policy. History graduate
students may repeat program courses for grade improvement only once
without seeking program approval.
Graduate Credit in 400‑Level Courses
Graduate students enrolled in 400‑level courses are expected to
perform at a higher level than undergraduates and to complete extra
work as defined by the instructor. Examples of such work include
reading and reporting on material in addition to that required of
undergraduate students, completing an annotated bibliography in the
professional literature of the field, or meeting separately with the
instructor to research a specified topic.