BA in History
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.
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:
- 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).
- Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all political science and history courses required for the major.
- 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.
|HIST 120||World Civilizations to 1648 1,2||3|
|HIST 121||World Civilizations Since 1648 1||3|
|HIST 151||United States History to 1877 1||3|
|HIST 152||United States History Since 1877 1||3|
|HIST 200||The Varieties of History||3|
|HIST 300||Writing 3: Historical Research and Writing 3||3|
|HIST 496||Senior Seminar in Faith and History 4||3|
|Select courses totaling 6 units from each of the following subfields:|
|History of America 5||6|
|History of American Foreign Affairs|
|The American West|
|History of American Immigration 6|
|The Revolution and the Republic|
|Civil War and Reconstruction|
|Emergence of Modern America|
|Modern American Intellectual History|
|History of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East 5||6|
|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 5||6|
|Topics in French History|
|Renaissance and Reformation|
|Elective Courses 7|
|Select one 3-unit HIST elective from any of the above subfields or from the following:||3|
|History of California|
or HIST 338
|History of California|
|A Year in Time|
|Topics in Cinema and History|
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.
Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.
Completion of the honors humanities major or minor satisfies the elective course requirement.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the major events, ideas, and trends in American history.
- Describe and analyze the major events, ideas, and developments of world history.
- Analyze primary and secondary sources and develop a historical argument based on them.
- Articulate how a Christian worldview informs the study of history.