Students at Missouri University of Science and Technology will soon be able to combine their technical know-how with a solid foundation in the humanities and social sciences by earning a bachelor of science degree in history. This new degree will help bridge the gap that often separates STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields from humanities and social sciences.
“After meeting with the history department faculty, we decided one of the best ways we could continue to serve our students would be to offer this new program,” says Dr. Shannon Fogg, chair and professor of history and political science at Missouri S&T. “With over 100 students minoring in our department over the past few years, this new degree will offer students another educational option that broadens their opportunities without the need for outside resources.”
Missouri S&T will continue to offer a bachelor of arts degree in history. The new bachelor of science degree program, pending approval by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, will remove the foreign language requirements for students and increase the number of science courses required for graduation. Students cannot double major in both focuses of history.
“The new history option will expand employment opportunities for our students by combining the required writing and communication skills with technical knowledge to produce well-rounded graduates,” says Dr. Robert Marley, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Missouri S&T. “This additional option will allow students to focus their studies on a future of industry or academic practice and ease the process for students who transfer credits or double major.”
For more information about the program, visit the department website at history.mst.edu.