History Department

Our History Department maintains the traditions of a liberal arts education by training students with critical thinking and problem solving skills they need to succeed in the workplace or in graduate study. Through courses in history, political science and geography, we offer both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a certification in Social Studies.

How We Stand Out

  • Analytical Minds. We train students to be problem solvers who not only learn information, but also learn how to digest and apply that knowledge.
  • Challenging Academics. Students should expect rigorous academic standards and a high volume of reading.
  • Christian Perspective. Our faculty take their mission to integrate faith and learning seriously, delivering a strong academic foundation without diluting the Christian lens with which they view world events.

Opportunities for Students

  • History Underground. This student-led organization meets monthly to watch historically-based films.
  • Senior Seminar. All history students participate in this capstone course where they produce a formal paper and delve into the field of historiography, a necessary foundation for graduate study.
  • History Colloquium. An annual meeting with Quincy University and Culver-Stockton College, the colloquium offers an opportunity for students to learn from experts in their field. Senior Seminar students also present their seminar papers to be critiqued by professors from the participating institutions.
  • Pi Gamma Mu. Juniors or Seniors with 21 credit hours in the social sciences are eligible for this honorary society for the social sciences.

Preparing Students for Future Success

  • Further Study. Our alumni are prepared to continue to graduate or law school programs. Common degrees for history majors are Master of Arts, Master of Library Science, or a Ph.D.
  • Teaching. Opportunities are plentiful to teach at the secondary or post-secondary level.
  • Marketable Skills. Graduates have a solid foundation of analytical problem solving skills, foreign languages and communication skills that equip them well for the business workforce.
  • Variety of Careers. History graduates can work in a wide range of fields, including private businesses, government entities, archives, museums, the national parks system, border control, and many more.

Majors Offered


Contact Information

Academics Office