History


Whether you want to turn your passion for the past into your profession or seek the skills you need for a legal, political, or business career, St. Ambrose has the program to set you on a path to achieving your goals.

Our graduates work at Volt Information Sciences, Putnam Museum, National Park Service, Rock Island Arsenal, and Tinley Park High School.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Be a Citizen of the World
  • Experience and Opportunities
  • Flexible, Yet Rigorous

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A major in history at St. Ambrose means you will work closely with professors and learn to analyze problems and develop solutions, skills you can apply to the past, present and your future.

Read Our History Fact Sheet (pdf)


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History Day at SAU

March 5, 2018

The SAU History Department hosts the annual History Day for area middle and high school students.

Learn more at the National History Day website


More Information on the History Program

What will I learn?

Courses generally focus on the religious, economic, political, social, and cultural history of countries including the U.S., Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. You can also study the history of women in the U.S., how Latin American nations have come to terms with political independence and economic underdevelopment, and the Spanish War. If you are interested in learning the history of food, or history of rock and roll, we offer those classes, too. Read course descriptions

We also have something pretty unique: our own Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, which promotes and supports scholarship, research, and creative work about the University's patron saint. This is a collaboration between SAU and the Academia Ambrosiana of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy.

At St. Ambrose, you will learn the specific skill of historiography – which is not always taught at larger universities but is definitely needed for grad school. Here, your education will focus on both content and writing, research and critical thinking – skills you need to succeed professionally and personally.

To round out your History major, consider a minor in Museum Studies. A recently-added program, the Museum Studies minor is valuable if you want a career associated with museums, historical societies, archives, libraries, or auction houses. SAU is one of only a handful of Midwestern institutions that offer this minor!

How can I build on my experience outside the classroom?
  • Attend a lecture, activities, or study abroad. An endowment honoring Professor Emeritus Richard E. Geiger gives you all of these opportunities.
  • Dive into our Irish Studies Collection, which includes 2,200 titles on Irish, Irish American, and American Catholic life.
  • Join the History Honor Society and enjoy guest speakers, conferences, learn about professional opportunities, and participate in an annual service project. Students with a GPA of 3.1 or higher and 12 history credits can be eligible to join. We also have an active Art History Club comprised of students interested in history and art history.
  • Participate in National History Day and hone your skills in critical and creative thinking, research and analysis, communication, problem-solving, and more.
  • Explore the Quad Cities. It's a well-established, vibrant community with archives at area libraries as well as living historians through the Scott County Historical Society and German American Heritage Center. We have strong partnerships with more than 15 agencies that specialize in art, history, and heritage, and offer you practical internship experience. Many of our students also take advantage of study abroad trips.
What are some potential career outcomes?

Professional historians work in museums and media centers, conduct research for businesses or public agencies, or as a historical consultant in a variety of industries.

Most history majors use their education for broad professional purposes. Your investigative research and writing skills are directly relevant to careers in business, teaching, political leadership, law, journalism, information science, and public administration.

What have alumni from this program done?
  • Austin Carlson '16 was accepted into the University of Iowa College of Law with a scholarship and honors.
  • Breanna Neubauer '12 triple-majored in history, English, and philosophy. She is a documentation specialist at Baxter International, Inc., a healthcare company that develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.
  • Laura Craft '10 triple-majored in history, women and gender studies, and sociology, and studied abroad at University of Hyderabad (India) and University of Botswana. After graduation she volunteered with the Peace Corps and then worked in the Philippines for Children, Youth, and Family Services. She currently is a park ranger with the National Park Service at Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral, Calif.
  • Anna Turner-Scott '06, '09 was a mother of two while taking classes for a bachelor's in history and a Bachelor of Education. Today she works at Digital Pathways, an archival service contractor that serves the Rock Island Arsenal.

Faculty

Larry Skillin, Assoc. Professor and Chair

Ryan Dye, Professor
Ethan Gannaway, Scholar-in-Residence
Dan La Corte, Professor
Keri Manning, Professor
Sandy McKinley, Professor

Degree Requirements

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in History (34 credits)

Required:
+HIST 100 History Matters
+HIST 201 United States to 1877
+HIST 202 United States since 1877
HIST 205 Introduction to Historical Methods

Choose one:
+HIST 210 The Atlantic System
+HIST 211 Asia
+HIST 212 Modern Africa
+HIST 213 Latin America

Choose two:
+HIST 215 Classical Europe
+HIST 216 Medieval Europe
+HIST 217 Modern Europe

Two courses at the 300-level;

Choose two:
HIST 400 Senior Seminar in World History
HIST 401 Senior Seminar in American History OR HIST 410 Capstone Research Experience
HIST 415 Why History Matters to Me (1 credit)

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (Teaching) (34 credits)

Required:
HIST 205 Introduction to Historical Methods
+HIST 201 United States to 1877
+HIST 202 United States since 1877
HIST 415 Why History Matters to Me (1 credit)
Plus 15 credits above the first year level

Choose one:
+HIST 210 The Atlantic System
+HIST 211 Asia
+HIST 212 Modern Africa
+HIST 213 Latin AmericaChoose two:
+HIST 215 Classical Europe
+HIST 216 Medieval Europe
+HIST 217 Modern EuropeChoose two:
HIST 400 Senior Seminar in World History
HIST 401 Senior Seminar in American History OR HIST 410 Capstone Research Experience
HIST 410 Capstone Research Experience

Education courses required for certification are listed in the Education section of the catalog. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in History with no grade lower than a C.

Click here to read course descriptions for History

Minor in History (15 credits)

US History Minor

Required:
+HIST 201 United States to 1877
+HIST 202 United States since 1877
Plus 9 additional credits in US History above the first year level.

World History Minor

Required:
Choose two:
+HIST 215 Classical Europe
+HIST 216 Medieval Europe
+HIST 217 Modern Europe

Choose one:
+HIST 210 The Atlantic System
+HIST 211 Asia
+HIST 212 Modern Africa
+HIST 213 Latin America
Plus 6 additional credits in World History above the first year level.

General History Minor

Required:
+HIST 201 United States to 1877
+HIST 202 United States since 1877

Choose one:
+HIST 215 Classical Europe
+HIST 216 Medieval Europe
+HIST 217 Modern Europe
Plus 6 additional credits in history.

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in History. This plan assumes the student has not fulfilled the foreign language requirement (three years of high school foreign language).

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
HIST 101 History Matters 3 HIST 205 Historical Methods 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 HIST 201 U.S. History to 1877 3
MATH 171 Elementary Functions 3 Gen. Ed. Oral Communication 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
NSS 101 New Student Seminar 1 IL 101 Information Literacy 1
KIN 149 Wellness Concepts 1 KIN Activity 1-2
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 14-15

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
HIST 202 U.S. History from 1877 3 HIST 215/216/217 European History 3
HIST 215/216/217 European History 3 HIST 210/211/212/213 World History 3
Gen. Ed. Creative Arts 3 Gen. Ed. Social Science 3
Gen. Ed. Humanities (non-History) 3 Gen. Ed. Natural Science 4
Philosophy/Theology 3 Philosophy/Theology 3
KIN Activity 1-2
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 16

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
HIST 300 level 3 HIST 300 Level 3
Philosophy/Theology 3 HIST 400 Capstone Research Experience* 2
3 Electives (consider minor/double major) 9 Philosophy/Theology 300 level 3
3 Electives (consider minor/double major) 9
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 17

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
HIST 410 Capstone Writing Experience* 3 HIST 300 Level 3
4 Electives (consider minor/double major) 12 HIST 300 Level 3
3 Electives (consider minor/double major) 9
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

*Needs prerequisite

Read course descriptions in the online course catalog

Scholarships and Grants

Undergraduate Scholarships

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

First-Year Scholarships

Amounts are for first-year students entering St. Ambrose in the 2019-20 academic year. There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria. The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies, for up to four years, as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, a minimum 2.0 GPA, and remain a full-time student. 

On Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Trustee Scholarships
Criteria: unweighted 4.0 GPA and minimum 30 ACT or 1390 SAT score
Award: $23,000 per year and invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship

Presidential Scholarships
Criteria: minimum unweighted 3.8 GPA and 28 ACT or 1310 SAT score
Award: $20,000 per year

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $14,000 per year, $15,000 per year, $16,000 per year or $17,000 per year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
$12,000 per year

On Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000 per year

Fr. Menke Catholic Parish Scholarships
Criteria: member of Catholic parish in the Diocese of Davenport
Award: varies

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $1,000/year

Off Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000 per year, $12,000 per year, $13,000 per year or $14,000 per year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $10,000 per year

Off-Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

Fr. Menke Catholic Parish Scholarships
Criteria: member of Catholic parish in the Diocese of Davenport
Award: varies

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $500 per year

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2019-20 academic year. 

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa
Criteria: awarded to all Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members transferring from a community college
Award: $14,000

OR

Transfer Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on GPA
Awards:
3.5-4.00 GPA $13,000 
3.0-3.49 GPA $12,000
2.5-2.99 GPA $11,000 
2.0-2.49 GPA $9,000 

Out-of-State Grants
Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000 per year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000 per year

Dual Admission Scholarships
Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 per year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $1,000 per year on-campus; $500 per year off-campus

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant
Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $6,095 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant
Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: $5,650

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Fine Arts Scholarships

How do I qualify for a fine arts scholarship? 
Scholarships are awarded based on performance and ability in art, music and theatre. Review the various requirements below:

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.


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