Department of History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage

Mission

The major in History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage embraces an ethnohistorical approach in which students study historical and contemporary cultures from a hybrid historical and anthropological viewpoint, using written documents, oral literature, material and popular culture, and ethnographic data. This approach is in the highest tradition of history as “investigation” and “inquiry” and emphasizes active and experiential modes of learning inside and outside of the classroom, respectively. Students participate in fieldwork, community engagement, co-curricular activities, and the like which provide students opportunities to connect theory to practice. This is in direct opposition to the passive absorption of facts, figures, dates and events which account for the traditional History major. It aims at producing students who are life-long learners, possessing the skills, attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives that our ever-growing global society demands. They are critical thinkers, readers, and writers who are actively engaged in dialogue and communicate effectively and confidently; they are responsible leaders with a philosophy based in compassion. Fundamentally, they are seekers of “The Truth about Truth.” The major is excellent preparation for graduate education in history, anthropology, archaeology, law, journalism, education or other related social sciences. Students graduating with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History, World Language and Cultural Heritage from Regis College are prepared for a variety of careers as: community educators, museum professionals, heritage site professionals, social advocates, public servants, journalists, consultants, lobbyists, and teachers.

Goals

  • Through a process of scholarly engagement, dialogue, and demonstration students will recognize and analyze key historical events, ideas, individuals, artifacts, and institutions that have shaped our knowledge of the world
  • Through an interwoven process of coursework and practical experiences, students will learn the historiography, methods, and theories associated with heritage studies in a core curriculum which draws on several disciplines and serves to develop the central theme: understanding the meaning, function, and values associated with culture, heritage; and practically applying these ideas, in conjunction with the skills developed in their courses, in a way that serves and educates their community in accordance with the mission of Regis College and the Sisters of St. Joseph.
  • Ultimately students will be asked to reflect upon their experiences, helping them to become better consumers of historical constructs and their contexts

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Identify and analyze, through surveys and advanced level courses in history, key events, ideas, individuals, artifacts, and institutions that have shaped our knowledge of the world
  • Analyze current and historical concepts in a scholarly manner by undertaking original research which includes critical analysis of primary and secondary sources, peer-reviewed works, and alternative forms of cultural memory, including but not limited to oral history, folklore, material culture, literature, and ethnography
  • Engage in dialogues which cross disciplinary lines by opening historical inquiry to the methods, theoretical models, collected data, and perspectives of complementary disciplines.
  • Utilize interdisciplinary approaches, in a historical context, in such a way which serves to place history, heritage, culture, and identity into a global perspective, illuminating common issues and threads extending from the local level to the world community
  • Demonstrate, through experiential learning opportunities, field work, co-curricular activities, and internships, how to apply historical consciousness and the historian’s craft beyond the Regis College experience

Concentrations

The program includes three regional concentrations:  American Studies; Hispanic Studies; and Mediterranean Studies.  It also includes a practice-based concentration in Public Heritage as well as a certificate option in Museum Studies.  In addition to the Bachelor of Arts, the department offers a 4+1 Master of Arts program.  Students who qualify have the opportunity to begin their graduate coursework, taking three graduate level courses as juniors and seniors which will be counted towards the BA as well as the MA.  This allows them to complete the Master of Arts degree in one additional year.

American Studies includes courses that focus on the ethnohistory, heritage, ethnicity, immigration, and culture of early and modern United States; Hispanic Studies allows students to acquire and apply Spanish language skills to the study of language, culture, literature, history and heritage; Mediterranean Studies focuses on Italy and other Mediterranean countries as central points in the development of western civilization and modern Europe; lastly, the Public Heritage concentration is focused, in part, on American Studies, but with a different emphasis on the role and relationship of it to the study of public history and heritage which can be applied in a cross-cultural context.

Bachelor of Arts in History, World Languages, and Cultural Heritage:  American Studies Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
HI 103 (Core History) * HI 104 (Core Social Science 1) *
Core Philosophy * Core Math *
Elective Elective

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Religious Studies * ID 304 (Core Ethics) *
Core Literature * SO 213 (Core Social Science 2) *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *
ID 240 HI 290
ID 219A (1 Credit) ID 238
Elective  

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Literature * Core Expressive Art *
HI 301 HI 304
HI 200 HI 307
HI 310 Elective
HI/EN 348 (or equivalent) Elective

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
HI 402D HI 378
HI 354 HI 408B
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

 

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage: Mediterranean Studies Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
HI 107 (Core History) * HI 108 (Core Social Science I) *
Core Philosophy * IT 102
IT 101 SO 213 (Core Social Science 2) *

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Religious Studies * ID 304 (Core Ethics) *
Core Literature * Core Natural Science 2 *
Core Natural Science 1 * HI 290
Core Math * HI 322
Elective ID 238

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Literature * Core Expressive Art *
HI 301 HI 304
HI 200 IT 305
ID 219A  (1 Credit) HI 355
HI 350 Elective
Elective  

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
HI 402D HI 408B
IT 302 HI 402A
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

 

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage: Hispanic Studies Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
HI 111 (Core History) * HI 108 or 110 (Core Social Science I) *
Core Philosophy * Core Math *
Elective SO 213 (Core Social Science 2) *

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Religious Studies * ID 304 (Core Ethics) *
Core Literature * Core Natural Science 2 *
Core Natural Science 1 * HI 290
SP 205 ID 238
Elective SP 206

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Literature * Core Expressive Art *
HI 200 HI 304
HI 301 SP 314
ID 219A  (1 Credit) SP 250
SP 320 Elective
Elective  

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
HI 402D HI 408D
Any SP 300 or 400 Level Literature Course Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

 

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage: Public Heritage Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
HI 103, 107 or 111 (Core History) * HI 104, 108 or 110 (Core Social Science I) *
Core Philosophy * Core Math *
Elective Elective

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Religious Studies * ID 304 (Core Ethics) *
Core Literature * SO 213 (Core Social Science 2) *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *
HI 2XX (Popular Culture) HI 290
HI 216 ID 2XX Myth, Folklore, and Oral Tradition

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Literature * Core Expressive Art *
HI 200 HI 304
HI 301 HI 3XX (Landscape and Memory)
HI 310 ID XXX (Food and Culture) (1 Credit)
Elective Elective
  Elective

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
HI 354 HI 378
HI 402D HI 408
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

 

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage: Public Heritage with Museum Studies Certificate

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
HI 103, 107 or 111 (Core History) * HI 104, 108 or 110 (Core Social Science I) *
Core Philosophy * Core Math *
Elective Elective

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Religious Studies * ID 304 (Core Ethics) *
Core Literature * SO 213 (Core Social Science 2) *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *
HI 2XX (Popular Culture) HI 290
HI 216 ID 2XX Myth, Folklore, and Oral Tradition

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core Literature * Core Expressive Art *
HI 200 HI 304
HI 301 HI 3XX (Landscape and Memory)
HI 310 ID XXX (Food and Culture) (1 Credit)
MS 201 MS 202
  Elective

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
HI 354 HI 378
HI 402D HI 408
ID 344 ID 345
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

 

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

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