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The current cluster of courses for the online History minor is designed primarily to give students a basic knowledge of American and Appalachian Regional history, with the opportunity for more specialized study in upper division courses.

Students completing the 15-hour requirement should emerge not only with a firm grasp of the American and Appalachian historical experiences generally, but a more nuanced understanding of the political, social, economic, religious, and cultural factors that have shaped those experiences as well. Students will also acquire skills of critical analysis by examining various historical sources as part of regularly scheduled class assignments and will be introduced to the writing of history. A firm grounding in history has long been considered excellent preparation for graduate and professional (especially law) school, while recent research has revealed that government and the private sector often seeks out individuals who are articulate in history, which is the basic aim of this minor.

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