History Department Objectives

  1. To impart knowledge of the past by exposing students to the people, movements, and ideas that have made a major impact on the development of the West and the world.
  2. To give students a breadth of background and depth of perception that will illuminate the liberal arts.
  3. To expose students to the important schools of historical interpretation and to teach them to read and interpret history for themselves, thereby encouraging discussion and critical thinking about the past and the contemporary world.
  4. To provide the essential skills and content to prepare students to teach history in secondary schools, to pursue studies in graduate or professional schools, or to enter a variety of careers.
  5. To foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation for the views of others and to encourage students to move beyond narrow provincialisms.
  6. To encourage students to explore issues related to a Christian philosophy of history.