Department Profile

Mission Statement

Our mission is to develop and transmit insight into the processes which have shaped human civilizations, including both western civilization and other global civilizations, to equip students with various skills needed to discern such processes, and to interpret and use that discernment, and to articulate a Christian interpretation of the meaning and significance of history in the light of God's Word and his coming kingdom.

Program Strengths

  • As evidenced by student comparisons at conferences and course work, students demonstrate scholarly rigor and the development of historical thinking skills while being given the freedom to explore their particular interests in course and project choices.
  • As reported by students, the department enjoys a high level of camaraderie and a sense of community among students and with faculty.
  • As reported by students, students are informed about opportunities for internships and jobs in the field with a high level of individual attention.
  • As reported by administrators and experienced by the faculty, the faculty members have a strong Reformed perspective.
  • Faculty members have a high level of scholarship.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will be able to identify the main events, person, ideas, and social structure/institutions which have been developed and in turn have shaped civilization within their field of concentration (i.e. American or European/World).
  2. Students will have facility with the basic methods of historical research, analysis, and literacy.
  3. Students will understand and be able to discern the major schools and trends of western historiography, and will be able to offer a critique and an alternative to those schools from the perspective of a Biblical understanding of history.
  4. Students will be able to discover and offer informed historical opinions concerning the roots of current social and cultural problems, and the tasks to which we are called in the service of God's kingdom.