History, B.A.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in History is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The history major requires the completion of a minimum of 39 credits beyond the general education requirement, 24 of which must be upper-division.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in History, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the major developments of history and articulate how those developments are understood (ULO 1).
  2. Critique primary and secondary sources and recognize the different approaches to historical writing (ULO 1).
  3. Apply the historical method by organizing and writing a capstone research paper (ULO 3).
  4. Engage intellectually with interpretations of the past and present, in a way that honors the pursuit of truth (ULO 2).
  5. Articulate a Christian perspective about the world and the diversity of people living in it, with their worldviews, religions, and struggles (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements
The student is required to take the following (which will meet the general education requirements) before taking upper-division courses in history. These courses are prerequisites for all upper-division courses in history. This requirement may be waived only with faculty signature.
United States History to 1865
World Civilizations I
Core Requirements
HIST 109United States History Since 18653
HIST 208World Civilizations II3
HIST 290Research Methods in History3
HIST 495Capstone: History in Christian Faith and Practice3
POSC 225Survey of American Government3
Select one of the following:3-6
Research Seminar
Honors Program
and Honors Program
Elective Requirements
Select 12 upper-division credits in one of the three areas of concentration12
Select 9 credits of History electives from the other two areas of concentration9
Total Credits39-42

Concentrations

Asian/African Civilization

HIST 304Ancient Near East3
HIST 321History of the Christian Church3
HIST 331History of East Asia3
HIST 332Studies in Asian Civilizations3
HIST 335History of Modern China3
HIST 400Studies in Developing Nations3
HIST 406Themes in Urban History3
HIST 415Oral History3
HIST 418The History of the City3
HIST 420History of Russia3
HIST 425War and Civilization3
HIST 430History of the Jewish People3
HIST 433History of Christianity in Africa3
HIST 441History of the Middle East and Islam I3
HIST 442History of the Middle East and Islam II3
HIST 443Special Topics on Middle Eastern History3
HIST 445Africa: History, Peoples and Culture3
HIST 447Topics in African History3
HIST 453The Islamic City3
HIST 454Arab-Israeli Conflict3
HIST 455History of Israel and Zionism3
HIST 456Muslim, Jewish and Christian Relations3
HIST 462History of the Expansion of Christianity3

European Civilization

HIST 305English History3
HIST 306Studies in British History3
HIST 313Medieval Europe3
HIST 318Studies in Modern Europe1-3
HIST 321History of the Christian Church3
HIST 323Ancient Greece3
HIST 324Roman History3
HIST 415Oral History3
HIST 418The History of the City3
HIST 420History of Russia3
HIST 422Renaissance and Reformation3
HIST 423Early Modern Europe3
HIST 424Twentieth Century Europe3
HIST 425War and Civilization3
HIST 426German History and Culture3
HIST 455History of Israel and Zionism3
HIST 462History of the Expansion of Christianity3

Civilizations of the Americas

HIST 300The Black American Experience3
HIST 307The Colonial Period, American Revolution, 1607–18003
HIST 308American Democracy, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1800–18773
HIST 310Social and Intellectual History of the United States3
HIST 312History of Latin America3
HIST 320The American Presidency3
HIST 321History of the Christian Church3
HIST 325Themes in American History3
HIST 360Economic History of the United States3
HIST 390History of Mexico3
HIST 391Latin America: History, Peoples and Culture3
HIST 392Latin American Revolutions3
HIST 401The Rise of Modern America, 1877–19203
HIST 402The United States Since 19203
HIST 403California History3
HIST 406Themes in Urban History3
HIST 408The Church in the American Experience3
HIST 410American Constitutional Law3
HIST 412The American West3
HIST 415Oral History3
HIST 418The History of the City3
HIST 425War and Civilization3
HIST 462History of the Expansion of Christianity3

Other Programs

Humanities Major/History Concentration

The History and Political Science Department offers a History concentration for the Humanities major (see Humanities section for specifics). It is basically a minor in History, but more flexibility is possible through department advisement.

History Honors Program

This program is designed for senior history majors and for those who have history concentrations in social science and humanities. It is designed as a year-long, independent research project under faculty supervision. Students who are a few credits short of senior standing may petition the chairman for admission into the Honors Program. Students entering the program must have 15 credits of upper-division history. History majors with a departmental GPA of 3.5 or better are eligible. Candidates for honors will be required to meet all history major requirements: the program will count as six credits of work (see 490, 491). The J.O. Henry Prize will be given annually for the outstanding paper in the disciplines of History, Political Science or Social Science.

History: Secondary Instruction

The History and Political Science Department offers a major in History with a Secondary Instruction Concentration.

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.

In order to complete this program, students must:

  1. Fulfill all of the requirements of the History: Secondary Instruction Concentration program;
  2. Take the required LEDU courses;
  3. Take a CSET prep course in History or pass the exam prior to the first semester of the junior year. However, the student will earn their B.A. degree in History whether they pass the CSET or not.

The courses required for this specialized history program help prepare students to pass the CSET Examination in Social Science. Students must pass the CSET Examination prior to applying for student teaching.

General Education Requirements
Students who wish to pursue a career in teaching in secondary education are required to take the following courses to meet General Education (GE) requirements.
United States History to 1865
World Civilizations I
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Psychology
Core Requirements
Students must take 41 credits in History and Political Science, including:
HIST 208World Civilizations II3
HIST 290Research Methods in History3
HIST 360Economic History of the United States3
HIST 402The United States Since 19203
HIST 403California History3
HIST 470Studies in History 11-3
And:
Select one of the following:3-6
Research Seminar
Honors Program
and Honors Program
And:
HIST 495Capstone: History in Christian Faith and Practice3
POSC 204Principles of Economics4
POSC 225Survey of American Government3
POSC 406Legislation3
In addition to courses in History, students must take the following Education courses:
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
LEDU 450Secondary Student Teaching I 26
LEDU 452Secondary Student Teaching II 26
Elective Requirements
Select 6-9 credits 36-9
Total Credits68-76
1

 Must be taken as HIST 470 - Studies in History: CSET Exam Prep

2

 Student teaching may be completed at the graduate level.

3

 Choose 6 credits (if taking HIST 490 and HIST 491) or 9 credits (if taking HIST 480) of upper-division History electives (3 of which must be in Religious History and 3 of which must be in Regional Studies).