Major in History

Made in God's image, humans are blessed with historical consciousness. Unlike animals we have a sense of becoming. When we think historically, we consider what we have been, who we presently are, and how we want to live our lives in the future. The study of history trains students to think historically, both collectively, as we examine evidence of the past, and individually, as we analyze our own lives. Students learn to evaluate change and continuity over time. Aware that the past was contingent, that people made history by their choices, students gain empathy for the struggles of others. Few subjects offer such opportunities for personal enrichment.

At Freed-Hardeman University, we stress that history is not what happened in the past. Instead, history is created. It is a process that involves historians analyzing and selecting evidence and writing their conclusions with reason and clarity. This process of reading, analyzing, and writing hones students' critical thinking skills - preparing them to live, learn, and work in the challenging twenty-first century.

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for B.A. Major in History

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Greg Massey
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation

I. General Education Requirements 45 hours
Listed in this catalog under Academics: General Education Display
II. Major Requirements
HIS 111 Survey of Civilization I  3 hours
HIS 112  Survey of Civilization II
HIS 221 American History I 3
HIS 222  American History II
HIS 337     Research and Writing of History I (W) 3
HIS 338 Research and Writing of History II (W) 3
HIS 397  Internship 
HIS 440 History Capstone 1
HIS Upper-division course 3
POL 251 Fundamentals of Political Geography 3
Select 6 hours from the following list:
HIS 314 Ancient and Classical Civilizations (W) (3)
HIS 328 Modern Latin American History (3)
HIS 415 Twentieth Century World (3) 
Select 6 hours from the following list:    
HIS 323  American Colonial and Early National Period, 1500-1800 (3) 
HIS 325  The Civil War  (3) 
HIS 424 Twentieth Century America (W)  (3) 
Select three (3) hours from the following list:   
HIS 410 Christianity in the West  (3) 
HIS 412 Western Political Thought (W) (3) 
III. Electives (including additional Bible) 40 hours

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in History

1. Completion of the course of study for a B.A. major in History as outlined above

2. Required professional education courses (See Department of Education entry.)