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About - Department of History

Departmental Distinctives

We are a vibrant community of teachers and scholars who are passionate about the study of the past. In the tradition of the Christian liberal arts, the history program provides a wide range of course offerings in American, European, Non-western, and Public History, as well as a range of enrichment opportunities, such as:

  • working with professors on research
  • internships with museums, historical archives, and governmental agencies
  • field schools in archaeology
  • study semesters and short-term trips around the world
  • digital and public history projects
  • teaching in local schools

Our students enjoy the benefit of studying in multiple learning environments, which creatively connect the past to the present. We offer majors in History and History with Social Studies Certification, and minors in History; Digital Public Humanities; and Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies.


Student learning and research are enhanced by a substantial history collection, computing facilities for digital humanities, and relevant books and databases in the college library. Students are encouraged to engage in independent research and pursue their own historical interests along with the faculty. Our history graduates have pursued employment and graduate school degrees in a variety of fields including history, public history, journalism, communication, education, sociology, library science, business, law, computer science, theology, and many others. Through the advising process our faculty works closely with each student to think about how a history major combines a strong liberal arts education with a set of transferable skills that can be translated into a host of employment opportunities.