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Bachelor’s Degree in History (B.A.)
The program in History offers undergraduates a broad liberal arts foundation that deepens their knowledge and understanding of the world, stimulates effective participation in contemporary society, and cultivates deep-thinking skills required for success in a wide range of employment areas or graduate study. The rewards of historical study include a disciplined intellect, a well-furnished imagination, and a recognition of both the unity and diversity of the human experience.
Coursework for both the major and minor includes surveys, methodology courses, plus electives in American, European, and World history. Relatively small class sizes enable students to work one-on-one with talented and dedicated faculty members. We also actively cooperate with other departments in offering cross-listed courses in African and African American Studies, Political Science, and Gender Studies. History majors and minors are encouraged to consider the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in dozens of countries. A number of activities and organizations are available, offering opportunities to interact with other students and professionals, including the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta (the National Honor Society in History).
The History major is a 42 credit program that combines six core courses with eight upper-level electives. Students receive training in History as a field of study and complete extensive coursework in American, European, and World History.
The History minor is a 21 credit program featuring three core courses and four upper-level electives. The program’s flexibility allows students to combine the minor with almost any other major at ISU.
The Department of History is committed to providing its students with a wide range of opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to foster academic development, facilitate on-time graduation, and launch successful careers. Challenging classes, stimulating discussions, a vibrant student organization, guest speakers, field trips, and social gatherings all enrich the History student’s experience at ISU.
As the national honor society for history, Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of the past through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The organization seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. ISU’s chapter, Upsilon Iota, inducts new members each spring.
To provide students pursuing a major or minor in the Department of History or a Social Studies Education degree with financial resources to enhance their academic and cultural learning at ISU through travel experiences, including study-abroad. Semester-long study-abroad experiences are prioritized. Established in 2020 by alumna Sandy Senior-Dauer and her husband, Keith Dauer.
STEVEN D. ZINK EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP
This award recognizes an undergraduate History major or minor in good academic standing who has demonstrated excellence in historical analysis and effective communication. The use of innovative methods and emerging technologies to achieve these aims is especially encouraged. Established in 2019 by alumnus Steven D. Zink.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT IN HISTORY AWARD
The Career Development in History Fund supports undergraduate students in good academic standing seeking experiences or training prior to graduation likely to facilitate progress toward their career goals (e.g. internships, conferences, training in new technologies, intensive language study, travel, etc.). Any History, African and African American Studies, or Social Studies Education major or minor may apply. Awards are generally distributed on a reimbursement basis at the completion of proposal-related activities.
BRYANT E. SPANN AWARD
Consideration for this non-renewable scholarship shall be given to full-time ISU students who demonstrate great promise as a history teacher and/or scholar, according to the following criteria: 1) Recipients shall be pursuing a major in the Department of History or the history concentration for teaching majors; 2) Recipients shall have achieved junior status [63-93 hours] at the time of the award and have completed 15 academic hours in history; 3) Recipients shall have, and maintain, a minimum 3.5 grade point average in their major and a 3.1 cumulative average on a 4.0 scale; 4) Recipients shall be prepared to enroll in at least six academic hours of history during the scholarship year. Established in 2000 by Edward and Joanne Spann to honor the memory of their son, Bryant.
FRED BRENGLE SCHOLARSHIP
Open, with preference for HIST
To provide scholarship funds to a student at Indiana State University whose academic standing and ability merit financial assistance. Preference given to history majors. Established in honor of Fred E. Brengle, professor of Social Studies from 1927-1957.
FORT HARRISON CHAPTER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION SCHOLARSHIP
Given by the Fort Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to an ISU student (graduate or undergraduate) who has demonstrated knowledge and interest in United States history or related area. Established in 1986.
JOHN, CARL E., and MARK E. VUKUSICH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
To be eligible for this award, an undergraduate student must be a History major with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and exhibit financial need. Established in 1997 by Mark E. Vukusich, family members, and others to honor the memory of John Vukusich and Carl Eugene Vukusich, with an acknowledgement of their love of history, which in their view provided the power to define the past, explain the present, and anticipate the future.
RICHARD AND MARGARET GEMMECKE MEMORIAL AWARD
HIST/SSE and ECON
The Richard and Margaret Gemmecke Memorial Award will be presented to an outstanding History or Social Studies Education major one year, and to an outstanding Economics major the next. Established in honor of Richard Gemmecke, who served ISU from 1947 until 1973 as a Professor of History, the first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and as an Associate to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
NELLIE MARGRETA HARR SCHOLARSHIP
The Harr Award is presented to an undergraduate student who has completed 63 hours with at least four history courses of which at least one must be at the 300/400 level. Established in 1987 in memory of Nellie Margreta Harr by her husband and children.
WESLEY LYDA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to a student enrolled in the African and African American Studies Program. The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Wesley Lyda, a valued faculty member of the African and African American Studies department.
FRANÇOIS MUYUMBA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to an African and African American Studies student with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Francois Muyumba, distinguished faculty member of the African and African American Studies department.