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EMU History Professor Mary Sprunger
EMU history professor Mary Sprunger has taught at EMU for 20 years. While on sabbatical, she researches social, economic and cultural dimensions during the Dutch Golden Age. In 2010, she taught in Nanchong, China.

EMU history professor Mary Sprunger In the above photo, she works with history majors on research in the Menno Simons Historical Library, which houses more than 40,000 rare books, including a 16th-century Erasmus New Testament.

Majors in History

Majors, minors, courses and curricula are detailed in the history program course catalog.

Major in history

A major in history consists of 30 SH in history including HIST 121 “Introduction to History and Methods” (3), and HIST 452 “Seminar in History” (3).

Majors should:

  • take a wide range of history courses (United States, European, area studies)
  • acquire a high level of proficiency in at least one foreign language

Details on courses offered and the major’s curriculum are available in the history program course catalog.

Major in history and social science

This interdepartmental major of 45 SH consists of studies in United States History (6 SH) and required focused study in the following areas:

  • early or modern American history or African-American history
  • European and world history
  • area studies of Latin America, Africa, Asia, or the Middle East
  • historiography
  • political studies
  • economics
  • geography
  • social science

Courses and curricula are detailed in the history program course catalog.

Major in history and social science, teaching endorsement for grades 6-12

This major will prepare students to teach history and social science by instructing them in the major themes outlined by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS):

  1. Culture and Cultural Diversity
  2. Time, Continuity, and Change
  3. People, Places, and Environment
  4. Individual Development and Identity
  5. Individuals, Groups and Institutions
  6. Power, Authority and Governance
  7. Production, Distribution, and Consumption
  8. Science, Technology and Society
  9. Global Connections
  10. Civic Ideals and Practices

Learn more about history and social sciences teaching licensure