B.S. in History looks to the Past for Future Opportunities

By Hadley Bjerke, News Writer

Source: history.mst.edu

Source: history.mst.edu

Over the years, Missouri University of Science and Technology has begun to redefine what a typical science and technology degree entails. Their latest addition is a Bachelor of Science degree in history. The degree plans to create a solid foundation in the humanities and social sciences that supports technical knowledge. Ideally, the degree would bring together the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), humanities, and social sciences fields.

Dr. Shannon Fogg, chair and professor of history and political science at Missouri S&T, as well as the history department faculty decided to add the degree after noticing changes in student interest. The past few years have seen more than one hundred students minor in the department and the new degree gives students a chance to increase educational opportunities without having to use outside resources.

However, the new bachelor of science needs to be approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and comes with stipulations different than the current Bachelor of Arts offered in history. There will no longer be a foreign language requirement for the B.S. and more science courses will be needed to graduate.

Dr. Robert Marley, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Missouri S&T, believes the new degree will provide a broader range of employment for the well-rounded students. The technical knowledge combined with the writing and communication skills sought after by employers aims to give students a competitive edge in the job market. Additionally, students with credits transferred in or those wanting to double major will have more opportunities at Missouri S&T. All students will be given a chance to study the future of an industry or academic practice.

Aside from the new B.S., the history department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with an option of a secondary education emphasis. Several minors are offered as well, including history, political science, pre-law, science, technology, and humanity.

Although history usually isn’t the first degree thought of when students choose Missouri S&T, the department boasts a history major-to-faculty ratio of three to one which provides students a chance to form relationships with their professors and advisers. In the classroom, none of the classes offered have more than fifty students or are taught by graduate student TAs. As students progress through the field, classes typically have nineteen students and many opportunities are given for independent research and to study abroad. As for the faculty, many of the distinguished professors have been honored for their teaching abilities or for books written.