"The History Department here at HLGU is excellent at preparing students for the future. The staff is knowledgeable in their fields of study and understands what is going on in the field of history. Both inside and outside the classroom they exemplify what a Christian is supposed to look like and express that by taking a genuine interest in their students and their respective fields. I certainly made the right choice by coming to HLGU to study history."

Keith Schmutzler Secondary Education - Social Studies '17

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. Graduates with degrees in history work in a wide range of fields, including private businesses, government entities, archives, museums, the national parks system, and border control, to name a few.

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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.


Opportunities are plentiful to teach at the secondary or post-secondary

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.

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 lets students learn from experts in their field. Senior Seminar students also present 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.

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.

Analytical Minds

We train students to be problem solvers who not only learn information, but also learn how to digest and apply that knowledge.



Faculty Profile

Samuel Swisher, Ph.D.

"The ability to talk about ideas which have shaped and informed history has been one of the high points of teaching for me, as well as interacting with students,"

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