Jun 16, 2024  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



Taylor 103A
Dustin Walcher, Chair

Professor Affiliate Professor Emeritus Faculty
Sean McEnroe Thomas G. Paterson Todd F. Carney
Dustin Walcher   Robert T. Harrison
    Gary M. Miller

The History Program comprises a community of students, teachers, and scholars who are dedicated to analyzing the past and serving as responsible global citizens.  Together we probe the stories and experiences of peoples who have lived throughout the United States and on every corner of the globe, from antiquity to the present.  In the process, History students cultivate advanced skills as critical thinkers, researchers, writers, and public speakers.  Furthermore, students prepare to participate actively in a democratic society.

Studying history is excellent preparation for teaching and advanced study in the humanities and social sciences, law and library schools, and seminaries. The history major also provides a solid foundation for government service, business administration, public history and museum work, and various other areas of communication, journalism, and writing. History courses are an integral part of many other degree programs at Southern Oregon University.

In addition, the program offers a history minor.

Combining Majors and Minors

With the exception the History minor, students pursuing a History major are eligible for any other majors, minors, and certificates offered by any other program on campus without restriction.  Courses that count toward the degree requirements of other majors and minors - including courses, cross-listed or otherwise, that may be applied to both History and Political Science degree requirements - may be applied toward each of the relevant majors and minors pursued.

Phi Alpha Theta

Membership in the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history, is open to qualified students. The purposes of the society are to encourage, stimulate, and help maintain excellence in the historical scholarship of students and faculty. Phi Alpha Theta also has a number of programs, scholarship awards, and publications available to member students. For more information, contact Dr. Dustin Walcher.

Teacher Licensing

Many students complete a bachelor’s degree in history before applying for admission to a postgraduate licensure program such as the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at SOU. Interested students should consult the Education program regarding admission requirements.

Foreign Language

The History Program strongly recommends that majors complete at least two years of college-level foreign language. Students who complete their second year of foreign language will likely qualify for a bachelor of arts degree at SOU (see BA/BS Requirements). Graduate and professional schools, scholarship-granting agencies and foundations, and private-sector employers consider the bachelor of arts degree as most appropriate within the history field. Additionally, taking courses at the 300- or 400-level in a foreign language will aid students in their post-graduation careers.

Program Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science