- Roger Chapman, Ph.D.
- Gary Poe, Ph.D. Chair of Department of History
The discipline of history emphasizes mastery of content, practice, and theory. Building on the groundwork laid in the core curriculum, especially in Humanities I-III, students acquire important foundational knowledge through survey courses in American and European history. They then select from a range of advanced courses, each requiring more specialized knowledge, analysis, and application. A required course in historical methods equips students with the investigative and documenting skills of the practicing researcher, and also surveys the development of various theoretical approaches to the field of history from antiquity to the present day.
The major in history prepares students for teaching, graduate school, and any further academic study requiring a high level of literacy, research skills, analytical thinking, and sound judgment. It also helps to prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in such diverse areas as government, business, law, Christian ministry and cultural management. Above all, the discipline of history develops historical consciousness and enables students to situate their own time, place, and circumstances within the largest possible context of human experience. Recognizing history as foundational to worldview formation, the Department of History seeks to equip students with the content, tools, and philosophy necessary to develop a mature and distinctively Christian approach to historical understanding. To achieve these ends, all students majoring or minoring in history must attain a "C-" grade or higher in all history courses (HIS) and in Humanities I, II and III.