The History major at WJU is unique in that it not only reflects a traditional history curriculum found in the best Liberal Arts institutions but also requires several courses, such as Literature & Culture and Political Economy, offered by the English and Public Policy departments. Consequently, this makes for a stronger, better-rounded major. Reflecting WJU's deep roots in Evangelical Christianity, required courses in Early Church History and American Religious History add a further unique flavor to the program. Students studying history at WJU will find themselves well prepared for graduate study in a number of related disciplines in the Liberal Arts. Students planning on entering seminary will find in a WJU History major a suitable course of study as well - particularly when considered along with the Bible and Theology classes required of all students. In conjunction with the Teacher Education program, students should be well prepared for a single subject credential in History.
Students who graduate with a History major will be able to:
- Demonstrate significant general knowledge in and understanding of history.
- Engage in informed dialog with culture.
- Evaluate the various cultural underpinnings and applications of the course of study.
- Describe various philosophical approaches to the discipline and determine how those approaches fit in with current approaches to other disciplines.
- Undertake significant primary research in a historical subject and communicate the findings.
- Think and write clearly and analytically.
- Be prepared for graduate study in a variety of programs.
Students will also be able to, in conjunction with the Teacher Education program:
- Demonstrate subject matter competency for a single subject credential in History.
- Achieve an acceptable score on the Social Science CSET examination 114.