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Bachelor of Arts


Program Overview

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 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, a required course in the History of the Renaissance and Reformation, as well as electives such as American Religious History and Early Church History, add a further unique flavor to the program. Concentrations in American History, Classical Studies, and Church History allow students to specialize in a variety of historical fields and time periods.

History students at WJU will find themselves well prepared for graduate study in a number of related disciplines in the Liberal Arts. Several of our History alumni have been accepted into the best graduate schools in the country. Those looking to teach History in a school setting will find they will be well prepared for a single subject credential in History when majoring in this program. We partner with the Liberal Studies program at WJU to offer such a single subject teaching credential. For those students planning on entering seminary, the History major is a suitable course of study as well – particularly when considered along with the Bible and Theology classes required of all students.

Program Details

HIST291 American History

This course will trace the political, constitutional, cultural, and socio‐economic history of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. In addition, this course will also treat the political, socio‐economic and cultural history of the state of California. Particular attention will be paid to the themes identified in The History ‐ Social Science Framework of California Public Schools.

3 units

HIST315 History of Religion in America

An overview of the expansion of Christianity from the New Testament era through the sixth century. Particular attention will be paid to the lives and writings of the Church fathers and Church councils.

3 units

HIST371 The Twentieth Century

This course will focus on developments and trends in Europe, Asia, and the Third World during the 20th century, including various ideological movements and their consequences, post‐colonialism and globalization.

3 units

HIST441: Renaissance and Reformation

An overview of the artistic, philosophical, and technological innovations of the Renaissance as well as the change in the religious landscape of Europe caused by the Protestant Reformation and the Counter Reformation.

3 units

HIST481: California History

Thus course will survey California history from Native Californians to the present day. Contemporary issues in California’s economy, society and ecology will also be examined.

3 units

HIST498 Research and Historiography

This course will serve as the capstone for the history major. Philosophies of history, methodological concerns and the development of history as a discipline will be examined. Students will be required to do primary research and writing on an historical issue of their choice.

3 units

Literature (Choose one of the following)

Foundations of British Literature (ENGL220)
British Literature since 1800 (ENGL221)
American Literature to 1865 (ENGL231)
American Literature 1865 to Present (ENGL232)

3 units

Literature (Choose one of the following)

Foundations of British Literature (ENGL220)
British Literature since 1800 (ENGL221)
American Literature to 1865 (ENGL231)
American Literature 1865 to Present (ENGL232)

3 units

Electives (Choose three from the following, at least two of which are upper division)

Special Topics in History (HIST299 or 399)
Ancient Greece (HIST331)
History and Archaeology of Ancient Rome (HIST336)
Christianity and Islam in Conflict (HIST372)
Military History (HIST374)
History of Contemporary American Cinema (HIST375)
History of Latin America (HIST461)
The American Frontier (HIST485)
Modern US History (HIST494)
Introduction to Archaeology (ARCH100)

3 units
  • Demonstrate competence in the subject matter by writing clearly and analytically.
  • Successfully engage in primary historical research and writing.
  • Understand the importance of church history and how it impacts contemporary faith in our world.
  • Develop a general competence in US and global history.
  • Gain a measure of expertise in a specific historical era, geographical location or subject.
  • Understand history as an academic discipline.
  • Understand and appreciate the intersection between history and related disciplines
  • Archaeologist
  • Educator
  • Government Official
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Writer/Author
  • State/Federal Parks Specialist
  • Museum/Historical Society Specialist
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Bachelor of Arts

BA in History


History Minor



Program Advisor

Rex Gurney

Chair, History and General Education

Faculty & Staff

Julius (Rex) Gurney III

Chair, History and General Education

Keith Bolte, M.A., M.Ed

Lead Faculty Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Richard Ravalli

Associate Professor

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