History Major

Course Description

The mission of the Humanities department is to provide 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 enact the general goal of the Humanities department to instill in the student the significance 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.

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.


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

Part 2: History Major

2 credits (minimum): 15 credits in residence, 12 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 Humanities Internship 2-5
History Elective 3
12 Credits in American 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 230 History of the Church and God Backgrounds 3
HIS 260 History of Religions in the U.S. 3
HIS 340 Ethnic Relations in America 3
 HIS 370 History of the American City 3
9 credits in non-American 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 331 History of Christianity and Christian Thought 3