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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Chair: Marjorie Levine-Clark
Program Assistant: Tabitha Fitzpatrick
Undergraduate Advisor: Myra L. Rich
Graduate Advisor: Pamela Laird
Office: King Center, 562
Telephone: 303-556-4830
Fax: 303-556-6037
Web site: 


Pamela W. Laird, PhD, Boston University
Thomas J. Noel, PhD, University of Colorado
Associate Professors:
Michael T. Ducey, PhD, University of Chicago
Gabriel Finkelstein, PhD, Princeton University
Marjorie Levine-Clark, PhD, University of Iowa
Carl E. Pletsch, PhD, University of Chicago
Myra L. Rich, PhD, Yale University
James B. Whiteside, PhD, University of Colorado
Assistant Professors:
Thomas G. Andrews, PhD, University of Wisconsin
Xiaojia Hou, PhD, Cornell University
Alison M. Shah, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Senior Instructors:
James E. Fell Jr.
Marilyn Hitchens
Rebecca Hunt
Richard D. Smith
James P. Walsh
John G. Whitesides
Emeritus Professors:
Frederick S. Allen, PhD, Harvard University
Mary S. Conroy, PhD, Indiana University
Mark S. Foster, PhD, University of Southern California
James B. Wolf, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles


History constitutes an intellectual challenge because its special responsibility, understanding the past, requires the student to master considerable information and to integrate many branches of knowledge. Perhaps more important to the history student than learning what has happened is understanding the process of change. By comparing the state of humankind over time, the history student identifies fundamental social trends and analyzes causes. The student also develops research, analytical and writing skills necessary not only for work, but for living.

The bachelor’s degree in history provides preparation for immediate postgraduate careers or advanced training in the social sciences. History majors frequently choose careers in teaching, government service, business and other fields where critical-thinking skills are valued. History is traditionally a valued background for law school and graduate schools of business administration. An attraction of the major in history is its generality, making it an excellent choice for those with flexible career goals.






Students may qualify for internships with the Colorado State Historical Society, Historic Denver, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the National Park Service and other agencies to earn credit and experience. Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in at least 15 semester hours of University of Colorado course work to take an internship. Three hours of internship can be taken in one semester.

Honors Program

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may compete for a degree in history awarded with Latin praise of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. A cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.69 is required for cum laude, 3.7-3.89 for magna cum laude, and 3.9-4.0 for summa cum laude. Students must enroll for HIST 4849, in which they will prepare and submit a research paper for honors review by a faculty committee.

Downtown Campus Historical Studies Journal

Since 1983, Downtown Campus graduate students have published this illustrated journal showcasing the most outstanding original research done each year by history students.

Independent Study

Students may take up to 9 semester hours of courses in independent study or internships (no more than 6 hours per semester), with permission of the concerned instructors and an undergraduate advisor.




Certificate in Historic Preservation

The history department also offers a certificate in historic preservation  in conjunction with the College of Architecture and Planning. History students pursuing the certificate should consult the Web site for this program as well as their history advisor to determine appropriate course work.


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