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Department of History  

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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5511
Fax: 417-836-5523
Email: History@missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

The study of history develops skills in reading, writing and reasoning critically and logically. History majors also learn how to research topics using books, periodicals, government documents and other forms of historical data. These skills can be applied in almost any career. History majors most often find careers in teaching, business, government and law. Areas within the business world where History majors often are found include management, personnel and planning. Those interested in careers in government or public service pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees with minors in other liberal arts or business, depending on specific plans. History majors find career opportunities not only in areas directly related to history, such as museum and preservation work, but also in a broad spectrum of fields. A student desiring to enter a profession such as law can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree as a History major with a minor and selected courses needed for the pre-professional program. Majoring in one of the liberal arts, such as History, provides one with multiple opportunities in career preparation. It also develops one’s ability to appreciate and comprehend the varieties of human endeavor, past and present, within our culture. Recent History graduates now work as teachers, government officials, attorneys, ministers, museum curators and professionals in many different areas of the business world.

Academic Program

Those who plan careers in secondary teaching pursue the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a History major.  Those interested in careers in business pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and a Business minor. High school courses that help prepare one to do well in a college major or minor in History include (in addition to history courses) literature, social studies, foreign language courses and any others that improve one’s skills in reading, thinking and writing.

Missouri State also offers graduate work in History with a choice of the Master of Arts or the Master of Science in Education degrees.


The following is a list of all undergraduate courses offered by the Department of History. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for course descriptions and specific degree requirements.

  • HST 103: World History to circa 1600 C.E.
  • HST 104: World History Since 1600 C.E.
  • HST 121: Survey of the History of the U.S. to 1877
  • HST 122: Survey of the History of the U.S. Since 1877
  • HST 200: The Twentieth Century World: An Intern'l History
  • HST 210: Writing II: Historical Inquiry
  • HST 300: Service Learning in History
  • HST 315: Military History of the United States
  • HST 319: Women in American History to 1870
  • HST 320: Women in American History since 1870
  • HST 321: Women in Western Civilization
  • HST 323: Women in Africa
  • HST 324: Women in American History
  • HST 328: The American Approach to Foreign Policy
  • HST 329: The Automobile in American Life
  • HST 330: Business,Society, Colonial Times to Present
  • HST 331: African American History I
  • HST 332: African American History II
  • HST 335: African Civilization
  • HST 337: Recent American History, 1929 to the Present
  • HST 340: Business and Society, U.S., Britain and Japan
  • HST 341: Ancient Greece
  • HST 343: Ancient Rome
  • HST 350: Latin American Civilization
  • HST 353: Hist of Europe 19th Century, 1815-1918
  • HST 355: Contemporary Europe 1918 to the Present
  • HST 360: Britain 55 B.C.-1688
  • HST 361: Britain 1688-Present
  • HST 370: History of the Middle East from 600-1914
  • HST 371: History of the Middle East since 1914
  • HST 372: Hollywood to the Middle East:, Search of Arab Identity
  • HST 375: The Ozarks in American History
  • HST 380: East Asian Civilization I
  • HST 381: East Asian Civilization II
  • HST 390: Introduction to Historiography
  • HST 397: Special Topics in History
  • HST 418: Teaching of Secondary School Social Studies
  • HST 420: Super Teach of Secondary Social Studies
  • HST 421: Super Teach of Secondary Social Studies
  • HST 422: Super Teach of Secondary Social Studies
  • HST 423: Seminar in Supervised Teaching
  • HST 491: Senior Seminar in U.S. History
  • HST 492: Senior Seminar in Non-U.S., History
  • HST 496: Independent Readings in History
  • HST 499: Clinical Experiences in Teaching II
  • HST 509: Indian History
  • HST 510: The Plains Indians
  • HST 515: American Environmental History
  • HST 517: Legal and Constitutional History of the U.S.
  • HST 518: Colonial America
  • HST 519: The American Revolution
  • HST 521: Early American Republic
  • HST 523: 19th Century America
  • HST 524: Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HST 525: Gilded Age/Progressive Era Am 1865-1920
  • HST 527: Recent American History 1929 to the Present
  • HST 528: U.S. History since 1945
  • HST 531: African American Leaders and Movements
  • HST 536: History of Missouri
  • HST 537: History of the American West
  • HST 538: History of the Am South, 1607 to Present
  • HST 541: The Ancient Near East to 1200 BCE
  • HST 542: Ancient Israel
  • HST 543: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HST 545: Medieval Europe
  • HST 548: The Renaissance
  • HST 549: The Reformation


  • HST 551: The French Revol and the Napoleonic Era
  • HST 553: His of Europe in the 19th Century, 1815-1918
  • HST 556: France Since 1815
  • HST 559: Germany, 1815 to the Present
  • HST 561: Russia Since 1801
  • HST 565: English Constitution, Courts, Common Law
  • HST 566: Victorian and Edwardian England
  • HST 571: China in the Twentieth Century
  • HST 587: Mexico from Colony to Nation
  • HST 588: Twentieth Century Mexico
  • HST 597: Topics in History
  • HST 599: Internship in Public History


All 18 faculty members have Ph.D. degrees from major universities. Professors teach freshman as well as advanced classes, usually in small sections. The faculty-student ratio is 1:23. Many of the faculty have published books and articles in their special fields of interest and have won awards for scholarship and for teaching. Students considering a major or minor are encouraged to visit with the department head in STRO 410.


The honorary society, Phi Alpha Theta, consists of History majors meeting national standards and provides both social and intellectual opportunities. Several scholarships are available to History majors. The Department of History cooperates with Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Park, the Greene County Archives, and the Museum of the Ozarks to provide internship opportunities for students.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
MTH 135 College Algebra3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
Computer Applications2
ENG 110 Writing I3
Foundations of Education1
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
American Government3
American History I3
Physical Geography4
Total Hours 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
American History II3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E.3
GRY 100 World Regional Geography3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
Critical Thinking3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E.3
Writing II3
Elective Course3
Total Hours 15