BA in History

Tourists view the remains of ancient structures in Israel.

42 units

History is the study of the human record of the human past. As an academic discipline, history is comprehensive insofar as it records and explains the development, causes, and effects over time of all other disciplines. Thoughtful study of the past provides a necessary perspective for making judgments in the present. It instructs the student in human possibilities and limits. Course offerings include studies in American, European, and world history, as well as focused studies of various historical themes and different regions.   

Career Opportunities

The history major prepares students for careers calling for clear and logical reasoning, the ability to analyze complex relations between cause and effect, well-developed writing skills, and familiarity with other cultures and times. The most common vocational pursuits include teaching, law, government service, and careers as archivists, researchers, librarians, museum curators, and consultants. 


The Department of History and Political Science maintains the following requirements for each of the majors it offers:

  1. Students must complete all prerequisites for any HIST or POLI course with a C- or better before taking the course (except as noted in the course description).
  2. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all political science and history courses required for the major.
  3. Students must complete each HIST or POLI course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of History and Political Science.
Core Courses
HIST 120World Civilizations to 1648 1,23
HIST 121World Civilizations Since 1648 13
HIST 151United States History to 1877 13
HIST 152United States History Since 1877 13
HIST 200The Varieties of History3
HIST 300Writing 3: Historical Research and Writing 33
HIST 496Senior Seminar in Faith and History 43
Subject Courses
Select courses totaling 6 units from each of the following subfields:
History of America 56
History of American Foreign Affairs
The American West
History of American Immigration 6
Colonial Era
The Revolution and the Republic
Civil War and Reconstruction
Emergence of Modern America
Modern America
Modern American Intellectual History
History of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East 56
Modern Africa
History of the Middle East I: Early and Medieval Islam
History of the Middle East II: Modern Middle East
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Colonial Latin America
Ritual and Re-enactment in Modern Latin America
History of Europe 56
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Topics in French History
Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Reformation
Enlightenment Europe
Europe 1789-1914
Europe 1914-1992
Elective Courses 7
Select one 3-unit HIST elective from any of the above subfields or from the following:3
World Geography
History of California
History of California
A Year in Time
Humanities Seminar
Topics in Cinema and History
Historical Themes
Directed Research
Total Units42

Meets the General Education Humanities: History requirement.


Completion of the honors humanities major or minor satisfies the HIST 120 requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


Depending on the variable topic, the following courses may also count for this area: HIST 368, HIST 401, HIST 420, HIST 484.


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


Completion of the honors humanities major or minor satisfies the elective course requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the major events, ideas, and trends in American history.
  2. Describe and analyze the major events, ideas, and developments of world history.
  3. Analyze primary and secondary sources and develop a historical argument based on them.
  4. Articulate how a Christian worldview informs the study of history.