History

Social Science Chair: Dr. Beth Skott
Email: bskott@bridgeport.edu
Phone: (203) 576-4966

History provides powerful insights into our current situation and it allows us to identify the convergence of social, political, economic and cultural developments that led to us speaking the language that we do, that led to us cherishing the values that we aspire to, that led us to appreciate the heritage in which we find pride. The study of history provides crucial insight into the underpinnings of social, cultural, and economic development.

The study of history can provide students with valuable preparation for careers in education, the not-for-profit sector or in business. The study of history is also a useful way to prepare oneself for law school by getting hold of the big picture.

Social Science majors interested in pursuing the History concentration must complete the Social Science requirements including six semester hours in each of the following fields:
Economics             6
Sociology              6
Political Science     6
Psychology            6
History                  6

Through the core requirements of the Social Science major, students develop a working understanding of the social science approach and its application to history. In addition to the two history taken in the core, students need to complete History 207 (American History to 1877) or History 208 (American History after 1877) and History 233 (The Roots of Modern Culture). Students should also complete a minimum of two other courses in history. Offerings available to students include History 100 (Major Figures in World History), History 101/ 102 (World Civilization), History 200 (East Asian Civilization), History 222 (The Ancient Greeks), and History 223 (Ancient Rome), History 280 (Third World Civilzation), History 360 (Studies in African History and Culture), History 326 (European History since 1918).

In addition students are required to participate in a three semester hour Methods Seminar where they are introduced to research methods and begin to apply them to their own research in the course. Students also are required write a final thesis, related to an aspect of history that is of interest to them. For more information, kindly contract Dr. Beth Skott, Chair of Social Sciences, University of Bridgeport.

This major is an excellent introduction to social science methods and it offers students the possibility to explore the various social sciences before opting for a particular focus. Students may elect to do a second major in either World Religions or IPED. The major provides students with a liberal arts experience from the perspective of the social sciences. Careers that students pursue after graduating from this major include positions in government, the foreign service, international agencies or businesses, law, teaching or community service. Five optional concentrations are available in history, international studies, political science, psychology, and sociology. Some examples of required courses are American History, Roots of Modern Culture, UN Studies, Social Inequality, and World Regional Geography.

The Social Sciences major is designed to provide students with a liberal arts experience from the perspective of the social sciences. It is innovative both in its interdisciplinary approach to subject matter and the options it offers students to pursue their goals, whether in graduate school or government or the foreign service, in international agencies or business, in the law, teaching or community service. In addition to completing the major (i.e. meeting the requirements indicated in Groups I & II), students may choose to add (i) concentrations in History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or (ii) minors in career-related areas such as International Business, Finance, Human Services, and Education. Career opportunities traditionally available to liberal arts students are much enhanced by the flexibility the Social Science major permits. In its interdisciplinary approach, its emphasis on breadth as well as depth of learning, and its focus on practical skills, the Social Science major prepares students for success in their careers, for leadership roles in their communities and the world, and for self-fulfillment.