About the Program
Westminster’s program is all about learning how to make your own histories. Starting immediately in your introductory courses, you’ll be finding primary sources and figuring out what they tell us about the past. You’ll also have the chance to work with local archives, libraries, historical sites, and museums to learn how we make histories and share them with others.
What You'll Learn
- Become proficient in traditional and electronic methods of primary historical research
- Demonstrate the ability to construct valid historical arguments based on original research in primary sources
- Develop a broad and deep knowledge of global human history
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate historical knowledge creatively and effectively through writing, verbal presentations, and other means
- Develop skills for critically analyzing evidence, arguments, and conflicting historical interpretations
Plan of Study
You’ll start with classes that introduce you to the skills and methods of history while beginning to build your content knowledge. As you proceed through the program, you will wrestle with more challenging evidence in courses that investigate specific eras and locations.
In your senior year, you will have the opportunity to choose a subject for a 2-semester thesis project, with the ability to present your completed work at conferences, including Westminster's Undergraduate Conference. This in-depth research experience gives you invaluable training for graduate programs and other advanced fields of study, should you choose to pursue them.
Past students have also had the opportunity to expand on their classroom education by simultaneously gaining professional experience working as an intern for organizations like the Utah State Historical Society.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
This course introduces you to skills and methods historians use to research and write history through practical exercises. You will learn how to frame appropriate historical research questions, find sources in archives, interpret historical works, and craft your own historical essays. The skills learned in this course will be fundamental to developing your philosophical and ethical direction and the research and writing you will do in upper-division classes, especially your two-semester thesis sequence.
Latin American History: Revolution in the Americas
This course focuses on Latin American history from Independence (1810) to the contemporary period, focusing on revolution as a “solution” to the chronic instability, poverty, and dependency that plagues Latin American nations. You will follow and share current events in a Latin American country of your choosing, and find, read, discuss, and write about a variety of historical sources from many points of view.