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History major at Southwest Baptist University

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Timothy L. Wood
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
(417) 328-2067
tlwood@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of History and Political Science website for more information.


Historical studies build a foundation for other studies or careers.

A major in history is recognized as one of the most valuable of the traditional liberal arts majors because of the several basic intellectual skills it develops, skills that are useful for a variety of personal or professional endeavors. Historical studies are foundational not only in general education, but also as a preparation for a number of careers involving higher order thinking.

The SBU Advantage

  • Be challenged to think deeply about the relationship between faith and culture, and how Christianity has impacted the wider world.
  • Small class sizes allow you to build lasting relationships with fellow students and faculty.
  • Develop valuable skills in analytical reasoning, research, and communication that will serve you well within the discipline of history and in many other professions.

Course Information

At SBU the major in history requires a minimum of 30 semester hours in addition to the nine hours of general education in history and political science. The history major consists of 10 courses, three semester hours credit each (30 semester hours). This includes eight courses (24 semester hours) in history and two courses (6 semester hours) in political science. At least six of the history courses (18 semester hours) must be numbered 3000 or above. All students majoring in history are required to complete the Major Field Examination in history during their last semester. A history degree is available as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

A minor in history also is available.

Career Opportunities

A history degree prepares graduates for graduate work in history, advanced professional studies programs, or careers such as law, public service, ministry, business, missions, etc., whether in the United States or abroad.

Degree Requirements

HIS 1113 Introduction to the History of World Civilization: From the earliest times to the Renaissance
The roots of modern western civilization from the dawn of agricultural society in the Middle East and other regions to the Renaissance in western Europe.
HIS 2213 History of the United States, 1492-1877
Political and social survey of United States history from colonization to the end of Reconstruction.
HIS 1123 Introduction to the History of World Civilization: From the Renaissance to the present
Examines the history of world civilization from the Renaissance in Western Europe to the present day.
HIS 2223 History of the United States, 1877-present
Political and social survey of United States history from the Gilded Age to the present.
Choose two courses from the following:
HIS 3323 Ancient Rome and the Empire
A survey of Roman history tracing the main lines of political, social and cultural development from earliest times through the periods of the Republic, the early Empire and the late Empire of the fourth century A.D.
HIS 3333 Ancient Military History
A survey of the development of weapons, armor, strategy, and tactics from the earliest recorded battles to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD, including Biblical battles.
HIS 3423 Europe in the Middle Ages
Traces the political, economic, social, intellectual and religious changes in western Europe from the late Roman Empire of the 4th century A.D. to the apex of the area's first advanced civilization, c. 1300 A.D.
HIS 4303 The Ancient Near East
A survey of Ancient Near Eastern history tracing the main lines of political, social, and cultural development from the earliest times to the Roman Conquest.
HIS 4313 Ancient Egypt
A survey of Egyptian history tracing the main lines of political, social, and cultural development from the earliest times to Egypt's conquest by the Romans in 31 BC.
HIS 4323 Ancient Greece
A survey of Greek history tracing the main lines of political, social, and cultural development from the origin of the Mycenaeans to the Roman conquest of the Greek world.
HIS 4413 Roman Imperial Civilization and the Early Church
A detailed study of the period from c. 50 B.C. to c. A.D. 450. Emphasis is placed on the political, social, economic, religious and intellectual characteristics of the Hellenistic civilization of that period. Special attention is given to the Jewish sub-culture and the emerging Christian movement in that context.
HIS 4953 Intensive Studies in ancient or mideval history
Seminar or directed class investigation of selected topics in the context of current historiographical opinion.
HIS 4993 Independent Study in ancient or medieval history
Advanced studies of specific topics arranged by department chair.
Choose one course from the following:
HIS 3513 Europe during the Renaissance Period
Traces the political, economic, social, intellectual, and religious conditions and developments in western Europe during the Renaissance from the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries.
HIS 3523 Europe during the Reformation Period
Traces the political, economic, social, intellectual, and religious conditions and developments in western Europe during the Reformation period, with special emphasis on the development of the Reformation from Martin Luther to the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648.
HIS 4953 Intensive Studies in modern world history
Seminar or directed class investigation of selected topics in the context of current historiographical opinion.
HIS 4993 Independent Study in modern world history
Advanced studies of specific topics arranged by department chair.
Choose two courses from the following:
HIS 3003 The US Civil War
This class provides a detailed evaluation of the social, economic, and military aspects of the United States Civil War, with special emphasis on the effect of the War on the State of Missouri.
HIS 3153 American Military History
American Military History from the colonial period to the present; its relation to the national development in war and peace.
HIS 3813 Colonial and Revolutionary America
This course covers important topics in American history from the voyage of Columbus in 1492 to the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. The course emphasizes the development of England’s American colonies, the independence movement and the successful establishment of the United States of America.
HIS 3823 America in the Early National and Civil War Eras
This course covers important topics in American history from Washington’s inauguration as president in 1789 to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. The course will examine the important political, social, intellectual and economic areas of American development during the early national and Civil War eras.
HIS 3833 Gilded Age and Progressivism, 1877-1928
A topical exploration of the period with emphasis on politics, the rise of big business, intellectual history, social and economic reform, imperialism, and society's efforts to meet the challenges of the industrial age. Course requirements stress reading, writing and class participation.
HIS 3843 Recent United States History, 1928-present
A topical exploration of the period with emphasis on the Great Depression and New Deal, domestic effects of World War II and the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Johnson and Nixon presidencies and Watergate. Course requirements stress reading, writing, and class participation.
HIS 4953 Intensive Studies in American History
Seminar or directed class investigation of selected topics in the context of current historiographical opinion.
HIS 4993 Independent Study in American History
Advanced studies of specific topics arranged by department chair.
HIS 3613 East Asian History to the Rise of the Mongols
A survey of East Asian history tracing the political, economic, social, intellectual and religious conditions and developments in East Asia from earliest times to the Mongol Conquest. Particular emphasis will be placed on East Asian interaction with and influence on the Christian world.
HIS 4503 History Capstone Seminar
This course provides history majors with a capstone experience for their History degree and helps prepare them for the required History ACAT Examination in World and US History.

Plus an additional six hours of Political Science elective courses.