May 31, 2023  
2021-2022 Rivier University Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Rivier University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in History (Day)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Majors and Programs

Courses in history are designed to help students develop a sense of historical perspective so that they can appreciate their rich cultural heritage and understand contemporary world problems. Civilization in Western Perspective I and II surveys the historical, political, social, and cultural movements and social events of the world from ancient times to the new globalism. Other history courses range from a survey of United States history to more specialized courses in United States Constitutional History,  modern China, modern Russia, modern Greece, Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, and Global Transformation.

The spectrum of courses in history offers great breadth not only in chronology, but also in regional diversity. The program is committed to developing students’ awareness of and expertise in the historical roots of the global challenges facing the world today. Similarly, in keeping with the College’s mission, the program is committed to developing students’ awareness and appreciation of the rich Catholic Christian tradition which has shaped western civilization and the students’ own continuing responsibility within that tradition.

In Historian’s Tools, the methodology course and beyond, the history major provides the academic background and the analytical and writing skills appropriate for positions in both the public and private sector. The major also provides an excellent preparation for graduate level or professional study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduating majors in history should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of the principles of scholarly research and writing in history to a level expected of baccalaureate work;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of both classic and current historiography;
  • Explain major historical developments in oral presentations, but also in a significant research essay;
  • Relate past events to the present;
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with various cultures;
  • Appreciate the historical inter-relationship of issues of Catholic social teaching with political, economic, and cultural developments.


Proficiency in subject knowledge is assessed through class discussion, examinations, research papers and oral reports, capstone experiences, and internships.

Europe (choose one):

Non-Western (choose one):

Political Science Electives (choose two):

  • POL - Two electives

General Education Requirements (42-45 credits)

Associated with General Core

Who is My Neighbor?  Students explore this question in their second and third years.(6 credits)

  • HUM200 Literature, Art, and the Human Credits: 3
    Students take one -200 level interdisciplinary course that addresses a basic human question from the perspectives of the literary, visual, and musical arts.
  • HIS203 Interactions: The West in the World I Credits: 3 or
  • HIS204 Interactions: The West in the World II Credits: 3

How Shall We Live? Students explore this question in their junior and senior years. (6 credits)

  • Religion: Faith, Religion, and Social Justice Credits: 3
    Students take one Religion course developed with this theme at its center.
  • Philosophy: Ethics, Values, and Moral Choices Credits: 3
    Students take one Philosophy course developed with this theme at its center.

What, then, Shall We Do?  Students explore this question in their junior or senior year. (3 credits)

  • Capstone: Justice and Global Responsibility Credits: 3
    Students take one of a number of offerings under Justice and Global Responsibility. This seminar serves as the culmination of the Common Core. Informed by problem-solving pedagogy, this seminar enhances the student’s connection with the Catholic vision of the University by focusing on justice and global responsibility.

Area Distribution Courses: The Core Complement
Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

  • One course from: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religious Studies Credits: 3
  • One course from: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Credits: 3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences (6 credits)

  • One course in Mathematics:  MA112 College Algebra or above Credits: 3
  • One course from: Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science Credits: 3-4

Culture through Language (6 credits)
Students must demonstrate university-level introductory competency in a language other than English.

General Electives (minimum 42 credits)

Degree Requirements (120 credits)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Majors and Programs