B.A. in History

The history major prepares students for graduate work or for careers in a variety of fields including government, law, business, education, public history, and the gospel ministry. Increasing numbers of students are pursuing vocational pursuits at national historic parks, living history sites, history museums and archives. Traditionally a key component of the classical liberal arts education, history and the skills demanded by the historical process provide a necessary foundation for learning. Course work encourages students to evaluate the historical narrative based on biblical principles, resulting in an integrative interpretation.


Suggested Four-Year Curriculum for a Major in History

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-1720 Spiritual Formation 3
COM-1100 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ENG-1400 Composition 3
GSS-1100 Politics and American Culture 3
HIST-1110 United States History I 3
HIST-1120 United States History II 3
HUM-1400 Introduction to the Humanities 3
PEF-1990 Physical Activity and the Christian Life 2
Quantitative Elective 3
Electives 6
Total 32
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-2730 Old Testament Literature 3
BEGE-2740 New Testament Literature 3
HIST-2000 Introduction to History 3
HIST-2010 History of Civilization I 3
HIST-2020 History of Civilization II 3
Biology Elective 3.5
Humanities Elective 3
LIT-2XXX Literature Elective 3
Physical Science Elective 3.5
Electives 4
Total 32
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-3755 Theology I 3
BEGE-3765 Theology II 3
HIST-3000 Introduction to Historiography 3
History Elective (major requirement) 3
Non-Western History Elective 3
Electives 17
Total 32
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
HIST-4700 Research in American History OR 3
HIST-4710 Research in European History OR 3
HIST-4720 Research in Asian History 3
History Electives (major requirement) 9
Electives 20
Total 32

History Electives

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
HIST-3080 Russia and Eastern Europe 3
HIST-3200 History and Politics of Latin America 3
HIST-3210 History and Politics of Asia 3
HIST-3220 History and Politics of the Middle East 3

Liberal Arts Core

The faculty of Cedarville, and particularly the faculty of the Department of History and Government believe in the value of the liberal arts core.  We want our graduates to be educated individuals, not just trained employees.  We recognize that both education and training are vital,  and we are convinced that in this day and age college graduates need to know how to learn as much as they need to know how to do a task.  The career experts suggest that graduates of colleges today will change careers 4-5 times in their lifetimes.  Those shifts require a certain set of skills that the liberal arts courses help to develop in our students.