Whether you're interested in the ancient world, medieval and European history, American studies, world history or even public history, you'll find this is an exciting degree program with plenty of potential for academic and professional careers. Through course work and close cooperation with professors, students are challenged to consider issues of Christian faith and values within the process of understanding the past.

The History major offers students a wide range of courses in American, European and world history. This is the recommended degree for students who want to pursue a career in history or a related field. The major culminates with the History Capstone Seminar and a senior thesis. Beyond a solid academic base in the historical discipline, this degree program includes substantial opportunities for field experience that supplements coursework with practical knowledge that will last a lifetime.

Course Requirements for a B.A. or B.S. in HistoryCourse Requirements for a History Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

HIS 1160 World History and the Historical Method II

This global history course will examine important developments in the civilizations of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere from the development of world trade in the 16th century to the rise of globalism in the 21st century. Themes to be investigated will include politics and government, art and ideas, religion and philosophy, family and society, science and technology, earth and the environment, and interaction and exchange. An emphasis will be placed on showing how these meta-themes are manifested in cultures throughout the world.

HIS 2050 American Journeys

In this topical survey of the history of the United States to the end of World War II, students will be introduced to the major issues, developments and perennial questions that cut to the heart of American identity. The course will cover such topics as the ideological origins of the American nation, the historical relationship between state and national sovereignty, race and slavery, sectional tensions and the Civil War, social and religious movements, and the culture wars that continue to impact American society today.

HIS 3590 Ancient History

A survey of the history of the ancient roots of civilizations beginning c. 3000 B.C. at the river valleys of Mesopotamia and Egypt and ending at the fall of the Western Roman Empire, 476 A.D. The remarkable contributions of the ancient civilizations of the Near East, the Greek city-states, China, India, Subsaharan Africa, Meso-America and the Roman Empire will be discussed.

HIS 3360 Wild Wild West

This is an in-depth investigation of the geography, history and mythology of the American West. The effects of this Western image on Americans as a whole as well as global reactions to this image will be examined.

HIS 3900 Latin America and the Atlantic World     

This course is an introduction to the cultural, political and geographical history of Latin America and the impact of Spanish and Portuguese colonization. As such, it examines the culture and history of Central and South America and, to a lesser extent, the Caribbean. It examines the region’s indigenous civilizations, society under colonial rule, independence movements and Latin America’s role in political events during the modern era. The course will have a special focus on Mexico and may be integrated with an on-site J-term study tour to Mexico City and the surrounding region.