The Department of History is concerned with both the social milieu and the individual’s desire for a satisfying life. The courses are intended to contribute to an understanding of the present by acquainting students with significant historical data; promoting understanding of social, cultural, and political development; providing a perspective from which to view political, social, and religious issues; promoting an appreciation of possible contributions of religious faith to society; and developing bases and skills for criticism, evaluation, and interpretation.
For personal needs, courses
are intended to aid in the development of habits, attitudes, and capacities
that contribute to students’ satisfactory adjustment to their
work, social situation, and faith. Courses in the department provide
background for further work in the social sciences, for teaching or
graduate studies, or for certain professions such as law, journalism,
and the ministry. The department provides opportunity for appreciation
of cultural pursuits; encouraging tolerance and sympathetic understanding
in the areas of personal, social, and intercultural relations; equipping
for good citizenship; and encouraging an intelligent, Christ-motivated
The department encourages students and faculty:
The department seeks:
To reach these objectives, the department cultivates the skills of
IMAGES, FROM TOP: (1) Ban Zhao (c. 45 - c. 120), Chinese woman of letters and historian of the Han Dynasty - From the University of Oregon; (2) Einhard (c. 770 - 840), Frankish historian, architect, and biographer of Charlemagne - From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France; (3) Harriet Martineau (1802-1877), English novelist, essayist, and historian - From the University of Texas Library.