History Major

Fascinated with the past? As a History major you will study the richness of ancient cultures and their impact on today’s society.

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 Major

35 credits (minimum): 15 credits in residence, 17 credits upper division. Required:

HIS 306 Seminar in U.S. History 3
HIS 316 Seminar in European History 3
HIS 321 Seminar in World History 3
HIS 485 Historiography 3
HUM 391/2 Humanities Internship 2-5
12 Credits in U.S. History. Choose From:
HIS 206 Strangers Among Us: U.S. Immigration and Borderlands 3
HIS 207 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: American Presidency 3
HIS 208 U.S. History Through Film 3
HIS/REL 260 History of Religions in the U.S. 3
HIS/REL 340 Ethnic Relations in America 3
HIS/REL 370 History of the American City 3
HIS/REL 360 Church History II: Holiness, Denominationalism, and Recent Theological Movements 3
9 credits in non-U.S. History. Choose from:
HIS 216 Royals and Revolutionaries 3
HIS 221 Apartheid and Genocide in the 20th Century Africa 3
HIS 222 Latin American Politics and Social Change 3
HIS 223 China and the West 3
HIS/REL 330 Church History I: Early and Medieval Persecution, Power, and Peoples


Academic Studies Emphasis (15 additional credit minimum)
2 additional courses in US History (above)
2 additional courses in non-US History (above)
HIS 495 Historical Research and Writing


Professional Applications Emphasis (15 additional credit minimum)
3 additional courses in any area of History (above)
PLUS 1 of the following categories:
Publication Application:
COMM/JL 210 Journalism Principles and Techniques 3
COMM/JL 211 Copy Editing and Publication Design 1
Non-Profit Support Application:
BUS 101 Business Economics: An Introduction to Business 2
SS/URB 403 Grand Writing and Fundraising 3
Entrepreneurship Application:
SE 101 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship 3
SE 301 Entrepreneurial Enterprise 3
Ministry Application:
CM 140 Ministry Practice: Exploring Vocation and Call 3
CM 211 Ministry Field Education in an Urban Context I 3
CM 212 Ministry Field Education in an Urban Context II 3
OR 2 approved professional/vocational electives 6

Major Outcomes

  • Graduates will identify culturally grounded assumptions that have influenced the perception and behavior of people in the past and identify those that influence their own perception and behavior.
  • Graduates will effectively locate and analyze primary and secondary sources relevant to historical inquiry.
  • Graduates will demonstrate critical engagement with the history of Christianity and Christian thought and the history of cities through oral and written forms.
  • Graduates will take responsibility for their own interpretations of the past by explaining and defending them publicly in a variety of personal and professional contexts.
  • Graduates will transform culture by engaging aesthetic urban contexts and communities.

(Updated Sept. 2015)