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HISTORY

The discipline of History is a systematic study of the past often accompanied by an attempt to use the knowledge to help explain human nature and contemporary affairs. Courses within the discipline strive to provide the student with the foundation of a liberal arts education. Knowledge of the history of mankind serves as a framework that helps to unify all other areas of study, producing an integrated overview of the human condition. History also helps the student appreciate and understand the contributions of a diverse population in an every-shrinking world.


The discipline of History is housed in the Department of Social Sciences. History offers a major, a minor, a significant portion of the required courses for the Social Studies endorsement in the secondary education major, and a field of study in the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts graduate program. Four courses in History contribute to General Education Area V (Humanities and Fine Arts); these courses are included in the statewide articulation agreement to facilitate transfer within all state institutions of higher learning in New Mexico. In addition, the New Mexico Public Education Department requires all students in the Teacher Education Program to complete nine credit hours in History, including History of New Mexico. History contributes significantly to requirements for the Pre-Law Minor, Latin American Studies Minor, and provides elective courses in other major and minor degree programs. History, therefore, provides a significant component of the General Education and degree requirements at Western New Mexico University.

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