History & Social Studies

history social studies majorOur History and Social Studies major will help you take an informed and active role our local, national, and global community.

The Humanities department provides students with scholarly and practical opportunities for learning about the discrete disciplines of Communications, Drama, English, the Fine Arts, History, and Philosophy.

Students are also offered the opportunity to ground their undergraduate experience in an American Studies major, a History and Social Studies major, or a Liberal Studies major, as well as the Humanities Core curriculum courses.

All Humanities courses seek to instill the significances of and the means by which discrete disciplines within the Humanities interact not only with each other, but also with fields of study outside the traditional purview of the Humanities. Learning is done with a conscious awareness of how the study of the Humanities relates to a Christian worldview.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: History and Social Studies Major

38 credits (minimum): 18 credits in residence, 17 credits upper division. Required:

PSY 140/141 General Psychology 3
PS 140 American Government 3
EC 203 Economics 3
HIS/SOC 340 Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3
HIS 306 Seminar in U.S. History 3
HIS 316 Seminar in European History 3
HIS 321 Seminar in World History 3
HUM 391/392 Humanities Internship 2-5
6 Credits in U.S. History. Choose From:
HIS 206 Strangers Among US: Immigration and the Borderlands 3
HIS 207 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: A History of the American Presidency 3
HIS 208 U. S. History Through Film 3
HIS/URB 370 History of the American City 3
Select 3 credits in non-U.S. History:
HIS 216 Royals and Revolutionaries 3
HIS 221 Apartheid and Genocide in 20th Century Africa 3
HIS 222 Latin American Politics and Social Change 3
HIS 223 China and the West 3
Select 3 credits from the following:
SOC 140 Principles of Sociology 3
SS 351 Cultural Anthropology 3
Select 3 credits from the following:
PS 315 Government in States and Communities 3
PS/SOC/SS 335 International Relations 3
PS/SOC 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3

Major Outcomes

  • Graduates collaborate in professional communities by articulating how the field of history affects professional, public life.
  • Graduates can articulate the complexity of influences that form the American character.

(Updated Sept. 2015)