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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]





Marjoleine Kars
B.A., Duke University, 1982; Ph.D., 1994


Rebecca L. Boehling
B.A., Duke University, 1977; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980; Ph.D.,1990

James Grubb
B.A., Williams College, 1974; B.Phil., The University of York (U.K.), 1975; Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1983

John Jeffries
B.A. Harvard University, 1963; M.Phil., Yale University, 1971; Ph.D., Yale University 1973; Also Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Interests: United States recent history and politics; public policy history

Constantine Vaporis
B.A., The Ohio State University, 1979; M.A., Princeton University, 1984; Ph.D., 1987

Ka-Che Yip
B.A., The University of Hong Kong, 1965; M.A., Columbia University, 1967; Ph.D., 1970

Associate Professors

Terry Bouton
B.S., Cornell University, 1989; M.A., Duke University, 1993; Ph.D., 1996

Kate Brown
B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1988; M.A., University of Washington, 1993; Ph.D., 2000

Amy Froide
B.A., University of San Diego, 1988; M.A.T., 1990; M.A., Duke University, 1992; Ph.D., 1996

Marjoleine Kars
B.A., Duke University, 1982; Ph.D., 1994

Denise Meringolo
B.A., The George Washington University, 1990; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1994; Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2005

Daniel Ritschel
B.A., McGill University, 1978; M.A., 1981; Ph.D., University of Oxford (U.K.), 1987

Anne Sarah Rubin
B.A., Pomona College, 1968; B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 1975; M.F.A., 1981; M.A., Princeton University, 1996; Ph.D., 2000

Michelle Scott
B.A., Stanford University, 1996; M.A., Cornell University, 2000, Ph.D., 2002

Joseph N. Tatarewicz
B.A. Towson University, 1972; M.A., The Catholic University of America, 1976; MA., Indiana University 1981; Ph.D., 1984

Assistant Professors

Christy Ford Chaplin
B.A., The College of William and Mary, 1997; M.A. University of Virginia; Ph.D., 2011.

Susan McDonough
A.B., Princeton University, 1996; M.A., Yale University, 2001; Ph.D., 2005

G. Derek Musgrove
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997; M.A., New York University, 1999; Ph.D., 2005

Meredith Oyen
B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1998; M.A. Georgetown University, 2007; Ph.D., 2009

Adjunct Associate Professors

John Birkenmeier

Clayton Laurie
B.A., University of Northern Iowa, 1977; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1982; Ph.D., American University, 1990 Interests: Military history, U.S. intelligence history


Julie Oakes
B.A., Boston University, 1985; M.A. Boston University, 1986; M.A. Stanford University, 1997, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2009

Program Director and Lecturer/ Universities at Shady Grove

Andrew Nolan
B.A. Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, 1989; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1993; Ph.D., 2001, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor of the Practice, Director Martha Ross Center for Oral History

Barry Lanman
B.S., Towson State University, 1973; M.Ed., 1975; Ed.D., Temple University, 1984

Courses in this program are listed under HIST.

The history major and minor programs enable students to develop analytical and communication skills that broaden perspectives on the past, the present, and the future. In addition to encouraging mature judgments, the history curriculum trains students to work sensibly and logically with a wide variety of evidence to identify and solve problems as well as broaden their understanding of the diverse human experience.

The UMBC Department of History boasts an award-winning faculty of internationally recognized scholars who take teaching as seriously as they do research. Small class sizes create an exciting intellectual atmosphere in an array of innovative courses. The department’s faculty and programs also help students learn how to apply the knowledge and the analytical skills gained through the study of the past for satisfying careers in a wide range of fields and the importance of life-long learning.

Career and Academic Paths

Choosing to major or minor in history is excellent preparation for a variety of professional careers. The study of history provides skills in analytical thinking, writing and speaking. Graduates work in fields such as communications, marketing, management, education, finance and banking, government service, political advocacy, and public history and research. Many are engaged in social entrepreneurship through employment with non-profit foundations and think tanks. The study of history also provides exceptional preparation for a wide range of graduate programs and law school. At UMBC, history students regularly meet with faculty advisors to devise a personalized path of study matching their individual goals for the future. Students seeking K-12 teacher certification follow a specially designed course of study offered in conjunction with UMBC’s Department of Education and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. The department also provides an Accelerated B.A./M.A. program for qualified advanced undergraduate students.

Academic Advising

Students are assigned or may request a specific academic advisor from the department’s fulltime faculty when declaring history as a major or minor. Advisees are urged to utilize information on the Department of History Website (www.umbc.edu/history), frequently consult with their faculty advisor, take advantage of resources at UMBC’s Career Services Office, and take part in department activities, especially the History Student Council.

Prelaw Advising

Advisor: Amy Froide. The study of history provides excellent preparation for careers in law, and the history major traditionally has been one of the most heavily represented undergraduate majors in American law schools. Recognizing this, the history department provides supplemental pre-law advising to history students considering law school.

Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program

History majors interested in taking graduate-level courses as an undergraduate may apply to enter the department’s Accelerated B.A./M.A. program offered by the department. After earning the undergraduate degree, if accepted into the Historical Studies Master’s Program, Accelerated B.A./M.A. students may count up to 9 credits earned as an undergraduate toward the M.A. degree. Students should apply in the junior year to begin the program during the senior year. For further information, contact the Department of History.

Evening and Part Time Options

The history major and minor programs can be completed by evening or part-time students. A significant number of courses, including required courses, are offered in the late afternoon, evening and in the winter and summer sessions. It should be noted, however, that not all courses are offered frequently or on a regular basis at those times.

Special Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to enhance their classroom experience by participating in internships in such organizations as the Maryland Historical Society, the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and other museums, archives and historical societies in the region. One agency wrote to thank UMBC’s history department for “the wonderful employees and interns you have been sending us. To say we are satisfied with the quality of the people would be an understatement.” For further information about internship opportunities, contact the Department of History or visit the Department of History Web site www.umbc.edu/history. The Department also supports the many initiatives at UMBC designed to offer a distinct undergraduate educational experience such as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement program, the Honors College, and departmental honors.

Student Organizations

History Student Council

All students are encouraged to participate in the History Student Council. The council meets monthly for lectures and informal discussions on historical topics and careers. The council also sponsors guest speakers and field trips to museums and historic sites. Phi Alpha Theta Qualified history majors may apply to join Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Members attend and often present papers at the yearly regional Phi Alpha Theta conference held at an area university. Information on the society is available in the history office.


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