The History Department of Providence Christian College 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 pact actions such as stories, texts, artifacts, and environmental impact, and interpreted in light of the historian’s fundamental worldview commitments. From a Reformed Christian perspective, the ultimate narrative that gives all other narratives meaning is the story of creation, fall, and redemption. 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.
A concentration in history equips one 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.
The History Department of Providence Christian College exists to provide students with the tools for understanding the development of human culture, understood as the working out of basic worldview commitments, in time and space in light of God’s created order. The conceptual model utilized by the history department is one that privileges the Christian motifs of creation, fall, and redemption. The department thus exists to prepare students to serve in a variety of callings by nurturing a community of learners characterized by historical consciousness, critical interpretive skills, and an integral Christian perspective.
Concentration Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the history concentration will be able to:
- Identity and articular through different modes of communication the chronological details that have contributed to constancy and change over time.
- Identify and articular through different modes of communication the methods of the historical craft (e.g., use of sources—primary and secondary—argument forms, and use of databases), historical arguments, types of history (e.g., social, intellectual, and cultural history), and schools of historical thought (e.g., Progressive, Consensus, Marxist, etc.)
- The concentration exists to prepare students to serve in a variety of callings (teaching, journalism, law, social activism, government, or ministry) by nurturing a community of learners characterized by critical interpretive skills and an integral Christian perspective.
Representative Classes Can Include
- Critical Theory
- History of California
- Revolution and Early Republic
- Religion in America
- Nineteenth-Century Europe
- East Asian History and Politics