History & Government

College of Arts and Sciences

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Bachelor of Arts in History

Are you intrigued by the life paths of the greats, the triumphs and tragedies of humanity, and the witnessing of the workings of God throughout the human timeline? Do you want to learn the lessons the past has to teach you so that you can effectively engage the future with an intelligent, biblical worldview? If you are passionate about studying history and committed to strengthening your Christian faith, then you should enroll as a history major at California Baptist University. With a faculty team of full-time historians who are authentic Christians and excellent teachers, this department shines in the area of faith integration and strong student mentoring.

A Bachelor of Arts in History will prepare you for fulfilling careers in both the private and public sectors. As a student of history, you will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as strong communication skills, which will prepare you to be an exceptional employee. You can also choose to continue your academic studies at the graduate level.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Student Learning Outcomes

1. History majors should be able to express coherently an appreciation of religious, philosophical, and cultural diversity.

2. History majors should have a grasp of the meaning and significance of European history, American history, and Non-Western history and their impact on World history.

3. History majors should have demonstrated in written or oral form an ability to consider various understandings of history and historical methodologies and the impact of each upon understandings of religious tradition, political processes, and personal and cultural identity.

4. History majors should be knowledgeable of the historical impact of Christianity and the Biblical revelation upon the development of Western culture.

5. History majors should develop an appreciation of the contribution and struggle for recognition, franchise, and power, within a democracy, by marginalized groups in American history such as: women, African Americans, Native Americans, and others.

6. Majors in History should be able to demonstrate in written and oral form engagement in a personal faith-pilgrimage which enables the integration of faith and reason, the development of value-based character, and a commitment to the service of God and human culture.

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Career Opportunities

  • Documentary editor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Journalist
  • Legislative analyst
  • Librarian
  • College professor
  • Museum archivist
  • Public historian
  • Teacher (elementary, middle, or secondary)
  • Writer
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Traditional Program Requirements

Complete the following 36 units

Lower Division Requirements

HIS223 History of US Since Civil War

HIS223 History of US Since Civil War

A continuation of HIS 213. May be taken before HIS 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS223-C C Glessner, Robyn L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sch Business Building
124
Fall 2014 HIS223-A A Davis-Hayes, Kenya 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
203
Fall 2014 HIS223-B B Davis-Hayes, Kenya 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
203
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HUM213 Integrated Humanities I

HUM213 Integrated Humanities I

The course consists of interrelations of history, art, literature, music, and philosophy. It covers the culture-epochs from the Ancient River-Valley Civilizations through the Medieval period. (Meets the Non-US History general education requirement.) (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 HUM213-A A Brook, Eric C 05/05/2014 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
252
Fall 2014 HUM213-A A Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B112
Fall 2014 HUM213-B B Blincoe, Mark E. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A110
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HUM223 Integrated Humanities II

HUM223 Integrated Humanities II

The course consists of interrelations of history, art, literature, music, and philosophy. It covers the culture-epochs from the Renaissance to contemporary times. (Meets the Non-US History general education requirement.) (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HUM223-B B Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B112
Fall 2014 HUM223-A A Blincoe, Mark E. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B258
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Upper Division Requirements

HIS490 Historiography

HIS490 Historiography

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge about the history of historical writing and research by analyzing the work of important past historians and various philosophies, theories, and perspectives on the nature of history itself. Emphasis will also be given to understanding history from a Christian perspective. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS490-A A Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B111
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HIS499 Senior Project

HIS499 Senior Project

A senior capstone course designed to demonstrate the competence of History majors in the discipline and showcase their research and writing skills. The portfolio produced by the student in completion of this project must conform to the departmental guidelines for Senior Projects. Prerequisite: HIS 490 and Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

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Upper Division Elective Requirements**

Eighteen (18) additional upper division units in History*

*Students may also apply POL 423, POL 425, POL 427, POL 429, and POL 443 to the upper division history elective requirement.

**Students who double major in history and political science to meet single subject matter competency should refer to the social science single subject matter competency program requirements when selecting electives. See the Social Science Subject Matter Competence advisor, Dr. Eric Brook, for course requirement details