Division V Chair: S. Gowler


Department Chair: R. Bates


Faculty: R. Bates, C. Berry, R. Cahill, K. Christensen, R. Foster, J. Guthman, and D. Mack


Website: http://www.berea.edu/his/


Courses: HIS Courses


Major/Minor Requirements: History B.A.History Minor


A major in History provides a broad perspective on the human past with the view to understanding how persons behave and of what they are capable. The History Department requires that students majoring in History have a breadth of competence in the history of various areas of the world, and that they have an ability to research carefully and communicate clearly, using a variety of methods. Considerable attention is given to the philosophy of history and the various points of view with which scholars have approached the study of the past.

Such a background provides a useful foundation from which to move into a variety of fields, particularly those professions that require an understanding of human activity—the ministry, journalism, law, business, and teaching.

The Department offers one major—a B.A. Degree with a Major in History. Students interested in gaining certification to teach in the area of social studies (8-12) must double major in Education Studies with a concentration in Teaching and Curriculum with Certification and in either Sociology, Political Science or History. For more information, see the requirements for majoring in Teaching and Curriculum with Certification under the Education Studies section of this publication.

In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the History Department seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals:

History Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1: Identify, collect, organize, read and evaluate a wide variety of sources pertinent to historical inquiry (including texts, material objects, and electronic resources)
Learning Outcome 2: Analyze and organize large amounts of unfamiliar, disparate, and fragmentary information.
Learning Outcome 3: Illustrate an awareness of chronological change and continuity and an ability to set evidence in historical context.
Learning Outcome 4: Communicate historical analyses and arguments clearly both in writing and orally.
Learning Outcome 5: Articulate an understanding of history as a discipline (and not merely the study of the past) as demonstrated by the application of scholarship and historiography
Learning Outcome 6: Recognize and construct significant historical questions that illustrate empathy for other cultures and periods.

History Course Sequencing Table:

Please be aware that the Course Sequencing Table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest. It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.

Course Fall 16 Spring 17 Fall 17 Spring 18 Fall 18 Spring 19 Fall 19 Spring 20
HIS 101 X   X   X   X  
HIS 102 (WGS)   X            
HIS 122 (AST) X   X   X   X  
HIS 123 (AST)   X   X   X   X
HIS 130   X       X    
HIS 131                
HIS 140 (SPN) X              
HIS 161     X   X   X  
HIS 162   X   X   X   X
HIS 165 (AFR) X              
HIS 175 (PSC) X              
HIS 200 X X X X X X X X
HIS 201 (PSC)                
HIS 202 (REL)   X       X    
HIS 209                
HIS 210 (LAT)                
HIS 215 (REL)     X       X  
HIS 221       X       X
HIS 223                
HIS 224                
HIS 229 (AST)   X       X    
HIS 240 (REL)   X            
HIS 245 (AFR)                
HIS 250                
HIS 253 (APS)                
HIS 260 (AFR) X              
HIS 270   X            
HIS 310                
HIS 311 X       X      
HIS 314       X       X
HIS 322 (AST)     X   X   X  
HIS 323 (AST)   X   X   X   X
HIS 335
HIS 355 (REL) X              
HIS 356 (AFR)                
HIS 406 X   X   X   X