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History Concentration

This department exists to prepare students to serve in a variety of callings by nurturing a community of learners characterized by historical consciousness, critical interpretative skills, and an integral Christian perspective.

History is the story of human development of creation, discerned through critical examination of surviving evidence of past actions (stories, texts, artifacts, and environmental impact) and interpreted in light of the historian’s fundamental worldview commitments. From a Christian perspective, the ultimate narrative that gives all other narratives meaning is the story of creation, fall, redemption, and final consummation. The history department seeks to instill in students an abiding curiosity in all aspects of human experience and a desire to arrive at deeper understanding of cultural development, human interconnectedness, and the dynamic interplay of continuity and change.

Benefits of a History Concentration

A concentration in history will equip you for teaching, research, graduate and professional (including law and divinity) school, government service, and any field that requires higher-level thinking, analysis, and breadth of perspective—in other words, any job!

History Concentration Course Requirements

HIS Required Courses

  • HIS 300 Historiography
  • HUM 201 Introduction to Cultural Studies

History Concentration Electives

Choose two U.S history courses:

  • HIS 352 Revolution and Early Republic
  • HIS 355 Religion in America
  • HIS 351 History of California
  • HIS 385 Radicalism in America

Choose one European History course:

  • HIS 265 Early Modern Europe
  • HIS 266 Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • HIS 267 Twentieth-Century Europe

Choose one Non-Western History course:

  • HIS 331 Comparative World History
  • HIS 337 East Asian History and Politics
  • HIS 347 Latin American History and Politics

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