Programs

History

Building in Italy

Want to time travel? While science has not quite figured out how to physically transport us to the past, our history students mentally time travel every class period. If you are as fascinated by stories of long ago people and events as we are, you need to study history at Cottey.

Historians study the record of past human experience. History majors examine the causes, contexts, and chronologies of historical events to understand how human experiences have both remained the same and changed over time. History develops a greater understanding and appreciation of today’s culture and civilizations. Historians usually specialize in a specific country or region; a particular time period; or a particular field such as social, political or diplomatic history. An advanced degree may be required for certain occupations.

The history program offers students the opportunity to study the major institutions, ideologies, philosophies, politics, culture, social features, religious beliefs and the art and literature contributing to the development of Western Civilization and the United States and their role in today’s global society. An informed awareness of historical developments will prepare students for a diverse range of careers as well as for lives of action and contribution in contemporary society. Students’ learning goals in these disciplines involve three principal areas: critical thinking skills, communication skills and material knowledge.

At Cottey you will find history courses that satisfy your many interests. You can study large chunks of the world by enrolling in a survey course about the history of Europe, the United States, or Asia. You can focus on the history of a topic like environmentalism. You can learn more about a specific group of people by taking Native American history or the history of women in the US. If you want to spend the semester learning how to be a historian, you can take historical methods.

No matter what the topic, in our history courses you will be challenged to analyze documents of the past and provide conclusions about what they teach us about how people lived and made the decisions that they did. You will share this experience with a small group of interested, motivated students, who, like you, enjoy learning the fascinating stories that make up the past.

A typical two-year AA program in history might look like the following.  A total of 62 credit hours are needed to graduate.

FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENG 101: College Writing ENG 102: College Writing
HIS 101: Western Civilization I or
HIS 111: US History
HIS 102: Western Civilization II or
HIS 112: US History II
Physical Education HIS 150: Historical Methods
Foreign Language Physical Education
Humanities elective Foreign Language
HIS 121: Native American history Fine Arts elective
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
College Algebra
Science Lecture and Lab HIS 211: US women’s history or
HIS 320 American Environmental Movement
HIS 125: Asian Civilizations or
HIS 330 Women’s Suffrage Movement
CSC 101 Applications
Humanities Elective
Electives Electives

Required Core 3
HIS 150 Historical Methods 3
Choose one sequence of two courses 6
HIS 111 U.S. History to 1877 3
HIS 112 U.S. History since 1877 3
OR
HIS 101 Western Civilization to 1500 3
HIS 102 Western Civilization since 1500 3
Choose three courses 6
HIS 121 Native American History 3
HIS 125 Asian Civilizations 3
HIS 202 Europe Today 3
HIS/WGS 211 History of Women in the United States 3
HIS 252 Medieval Europe 3
HIS 255 Renaissance and Reformation Europe 3
HIS 320 American Environmental History 3
HIS/WGS 330 Women’s Suffrage Movement 3
Total Credits 18

Angela Firkus, PhD
Professor of History
Claire Dooner Phillips Chair in Social Science
216 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-8181 ext. 2201
afirkus@cottey.edu

Sandra Chaney, PhD
Associate Professor of History
157 Rogers Fine Arts Building
417-667-8181 ext. 2176
schaney@cottey.edu

History Opportunities

Students at Cottey have many chances to explore history outside of the classroom.  They can participate in field trips.  They can intern with the Vernon County Historical Society; student interns recently created an exhibit about local World War II army nurse Leta M. Hickman. Students often visit the local Bushwhacker Museum, sometimes getting a behind the scenes look. Students are also involved in projects for the Tri-County Genealogical Society, including performing in a Civil War cemetery rededication and editing for publication a travel journal the society obtained.  Students interested in European history visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Kansas City to see art and artifacts from antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and early modern Europe.

History skit
Students in History 150, historical methods, wrote and performed a skit about the history of Cottey for the Vernon County Historical Society’s Annual Missouri History Day. Pictured are (left to right) Sarah Raffurty, Molly Bengtson, Coryssa Sproat, Bella Dally, and Sarah Schaefer.

funeral
Cottey students participated in the Rededication of the Historic Balltown Cemetery. They performed as war widows of the Women’s Relief Corps and presented a wreath in honor of the soldiers buried in the cemetery.

artifact dig

Cottey students interning at the Bushwhacker Museum helped sift for artifacts at an archeological dig at Camp Clark, Nevada, Missouri. Pictured are (left to right) Angela Phillips, Michelle Green, and Emily Sullivan.

quilt

The women’s history class made a quilt telling the history and culture of Cottey College. They made blocks about the European trips, about sports, about traditions, about the PEO, and about the societies.

Certificate in Public History

Public history is a field that focuses on presenting the past to a public audience. It combines learning history (and acquiring analytical and writing skills) with learning a variety of presentation methods (photography, article writing, acting, etc.). The requirements for a certificate in public history are 21 credit hours in history and related subjects.

Historians study the record of past human experience. History majors examine the causes, contexts, and chronologies of historical events to understand how human experiences have both remained the same and changed over time. History develops a greater understanding and appreciation of today’s culture and civilizations. Historians usually specialize in a specific country or region; a particular time period; or a particular field such as social, political or diplomatic history. An advanced degree may be required for certain occupations.

Is This Major For You?

You might like this major if you also like: reenactments; museums; historical novels; collecting stamps, coins, etc.; other cultures and other times; genealogy and family history

Consider this major if you are good at: attention to detail; critical reading/thinking; memorizing; observing; information gathering; researching; writing; analyzing

Employment Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Government and non-profit agencies
  • National archives
  • Libraries
  • Historical societies
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Museums
  • Public and private research groups

Sample Occupations

  • Lawyer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Cultural Artifact Specialist
  • Educator
  • Museum Curator
  • Preservation Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Genealogist
  • Journalist
  • Historic Site Supervisor
  • Librarian

Academic Assistance Center Resources

Great Jobs for History Majors
Careers for History Buffs and Others Who Learn From the Past
Opportunities in Museum Careers
Opportunities in Government Careers
100 jobs in Social Change

Typical Courses In This Major

  • United States History
  • History of Western Civilization
  • Native American History
  • History of Women in the United States
  • Asian Civilizations
  • Historical Methods

Other Majors You Might Like

  • Art History
  • Anthropology
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Classics

Websites To Visit

American Historical Association
www.historians.org

American Association for State and Local History
www.aaslh.org

Organization of American Historians
www.oah.org

For more information on this and other majors, visit the Transfer and Career Planning Office located in the Academic Assistance Center, RBAC 164 , ext. 2132.