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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