History Department

History Major

World War II Poster

Paying college tuition is like buying a membership at a gym. Like personal trainers, professors can guide you and help you make the most of your abilities, but they can't do the learning for you. Our goal in the History major at Bethel is to help you read perceptively, write precisely, and think clearly. These skills will prepare you for further education or for a wide variety of jobs, from high school history teacher to insurance claims adjuster.

You should plan to take the following courses while at Bethel.

First Year

 
   
   GES 130 Christianity and Western Culture (or GES145, 146 Western Humanity in Christian Perspective I, II)
   
   One of the following introductory History courses:
  HIS200L American Civilization
HIS204U African Civilizations
HIS205U History of China, Korea and Japan
HIS206U History of India and Its Neighbors
HIS207U Latin American Civilizations
HIS212U Introduction to the Muslim World
HIS242L The Modern World
   

Second or Third Year

 
   
   One of the following foundational courses:
  HIS311 Roman Civilization
HIS350 Modern America
HIS354 Modern Europe
   

Second, Third & Fourth Years

 
   
  Courses from the following categories (in addition to the courses taken as Introductory or Foundational courses)
   
  Two of the following American History Courses (at least one 300-level):
  HIS209L Christianity in America
HIS210U Minorities in America
HIS216L American Constitutional History
HIS223L History of the American West
HIS245L History of Women in America
HIS300 American Beginnings
HIS301 A New Nation
HIS307 The American Civil War
HIS350 Modern America
HIS370 Topics in American History
   
  One of the following Ancient and Medieval European History Courses:
  HIS310 Near Eastern and Greek Civilization
HIS311 Roman Civilization
HIS312 Medieval Europe
   
  One of the following Modern European History Courses:
  HIS335G The Reformations
HIS352 Modern Russia
HIS353 Early Modern Europe
HIS354 Modern Europe
HIS360 Classics in Western Political Philosophy
HIS371 Topics in European History
   
  One of the following Global History Courses:
  HIS204U African Civilizations
HIS205U History of China, Korea and Japan
HIS206U History of India and Its Neighbors
HIS207U Latin American Civilizations
HIS217U Christianity in Latin America
HIS241L Revolution and Political Development
HIS304G History of African Religions
HIS305G The Cold War
HIS324G Human Rights in International History
HIS327G History and Politics of Russia and China in the Modern World
HIS372 Topics in Global History
   
  Plus additional elective history courses chosen from all the courses taught in the department. You should plan to choose a focus (at least 12 credits) in American, European, or Global history.

Fourth Year

 
  HIS499 Senior Seminar


Download Four-Year Plan for History Major

Download Four-Year Plan for History Major (spending fall semester abroad)


TOP RIGHT: 1942 U.S. propaganda poster, part of a series promoting America's WWII allies -- From the collection of the Northwestern University Library