History Students and Alumni: We Need Your Input on a New Concentration

In addition to our concentrations in Non-Western History, Classical History, Modern European History, American History, and Public History, the Messiah College History Department is considering the addition of a new concentration that we are calling “Administrative Studies.”  As we continue to get our majors to think about all the things that one can do with a history major, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a concentration that provides history majors, who study change over time, with additional education in organizational and administrative behavior, policy formation, and decision-making skills.  Such a concentration would combine the perspectives provided by the history major with administrative skills that will be of particular value to those students planning to enter careers in business, law, government, non-profits, community organizations, and the press/media.  The Administrative Studies Concentration positions students to pursue a variety of administrative careers in both the public and private sectors as well as to enter graduate programs in these fields.

And now we need your help!

Current students:  Would you be interested in pursuing such a concentration if it became a reality?

History Alumni:  Would you have been interested in pursuing this kind of concentration if it was available when you were a student in the Messiah College History Department?  Also, if you are in a position to hire employees at your company or organization, would you find a student with this kind of broad training a good fit?

Your feedback will be extremely helpful to us.  Feel free to respond via e-mail (or in the comments section of this blog) to John Fea, Chair, Department of History–jfea(at)messiah(dot)edu

I have included the structure and coursework in this concentration below.  Please not that these courses would be taken IN ADDITION to the FULL HISTORY MAJOR.

Thank you in advance for your help.  Once again, this is only a proposal, but we can’t move forward with making it a reality without you input.  Please spread the word.

Thank you,

John Fea

Administrative Studies Concentration (19-21 [or 22-24] credits)*
Core
HIST 393 Public History (3)
HIST 394 Digital History (3)
ECON 120 Introduction to Economics — Macroeconomics (3)
POLI 323 Public Policy (3)
INTE 391 Internship in a Public Organization for the Experiential Learning Component (1-3)**

Electives
Six [or Nine]  credits from the following cognate humanities and social science disciplines (6 [or 9])

National Track
POLI 113 American Government (3)
               POLI 214 American Constitutional Law (3)
ECON 220 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
COMM 205 Principles of Public Relations (3)
COMM 333 Business & Organizational Communication (3)
BUSA 120 Principles of Management (3)
BUSA 381 Business Law I: Legal Foundations For Business (3)
BUSA 382 Business Law II: The Legal Environment For Business (3)
HRM 301 Human Resource Management (3)
HRM 311 Organizational Behavior (3)
LEAD 310 Leadership Theory and Development (3)
PHIL 352 Moral Problems (3)

International Track
POLI 212 International Politics (3)
ECON 220 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
SOAN 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
COMM 205 Principles of Public Relations (3)
COMM 333 Business & Organizational Communication (3)
COMM 342 Intercultural Communication (3)
BUSA 120 Principles of Management (3)
BUSA 352 Working Internationally (3)
HRM 301 Human Resource Management (3)
HRM 311: Organizational Behavior (3)
LEAD 310 Leadership Theory and Development (3)
PHIL 352 Moral Problems (3)

This concentration prepares students alongside their rigorous liberal arts major in history for public administrative careers in business, legal, governmental, media, non-profit, and international non-governmental organizations.

**History majors who pursue the Administrative Studies Concentration must take an internship with a professional organization oriented to public needs and concerns, which may or may not be history related.  This internship will fulfill the History major’s Experiential Learning Component.

 

One thought on “History Students and Alumni: We Need Your Input on a New Concentration

  1. As a graduate with a minor in politics, I would have pursued this concentration were it an option. Could the student also be required to take Research Methods in the politics department to have a knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methods.

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