Our program is built on a sequential four-year model:
- Year 1 – Enthusiasm: passion for the study of history.
- Year 2 – Competence: ability and knowledge in the study of history.
- Year 3 – Confidence: assurance in the study and pursuit of history.
- Year 4 – Expertise: mastery of a specific area in the study of history.
Freshman Year – Enthusiasm
We want Evansville to be a home away from home. Faculty members take time to talk with each student regularly – either in a formal academic advising session or in a more comfortable setting like a picnic, concert, or ball game. Annually, the department hosts a picnic in the park and faculty chili night. At these events, in the classroom, or in professors' offices, students will spend time building lasting relationships.
- Examine the various approaches to the study of history.
- Discuss assigned readings; respond to images, maps, poetry, or music; and make presentations.
- Learn to listen and read critically.
- Learn to be persuasive.
Good advising is critical to a student’s success. Each student will be assigned a history faculty member as an academic advisor. Their office doors are always open, so each professor can get to know their students.
Starting in freshman year, we begin discussing each student’s future plans. Faculty members introduce students to career planning as well as the Center for Career Development. Students will be monitored all four years to ensure a smooth transition from college to either graduate school or a career.
Sophomore Year – Competence
Our courses include Modern China and Japan, America in the 1960s; World War One: Africa and British Imperialism; Colonial America; The West and Islam in the Middle Ages; and the Civil War.
A global approach to education will be beneficial after graduation. This is why, in addition to an excellent American history component, we also offer courses that deal with Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. All majors are also encouraged to study abroad either at Harlaxton College or another international university.
Junior Year – Confidence
Students are encouraged to participate in internships and undergraduate research projects. Through meaningful experiences outside the classroom, students seek, explore, and identify their passion, which will impact the whole of their personal and professional development.
Senior Year – Expertise
During students’ final year at UE, they will take on a leadership role in the history department through the Society of History Scholars and our chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. Students will also provide leadership support for the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.
Senior Course Work
Senior level courses are taught seminar style, with small enrollments. They focus on the specialized research topics of the faculty:
- Decolonization in Africa (Daniel Byrne, PhD)
- Rebellion and Revolution in Modern Ireland (Daniel Gahan, PhD)
- War and Memory Since 1914 (James MacLeod, PhD)
- War, Politics, and Gender (Annette Parks, PhD)
The senior thesis is a student’s most significant piece of writing. At the end of the project, students will present their findings to the entire department. At that moment, the student will know more about that topic than anyone else in the room.
Past senior theses have included:
- Medieval Midwives
- Rural Life in Frontier Indiana
- Reading Textbooks in French Colonial Africa
- The Morality of Civilian Bombing in World War Two
- Sexuality in the Renaissance
- The Flu Epidemic of 1918