History, B.A.


In recognition of both the dignity and depravity of humankind, our aim is to develop historical insight into the diversity of civilizations, based upon our acknowledgment of God's providence, the dependability of his promises and his redemptive purpose on earth. Through the rigors of our discipline, we prepare our students to obey the Greatest Commandment and Great Commission through their lives and vocations. We aspire to prepare students for careers in education, public service, publishing, museum or archival work, library science, the law, ministry and business.

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 - 42 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. Develop a body of historical knowledge that demonstrates both breadth and depth in terms of content, a firm grasp of chronology, and an understanding of relevant geography and also provides the context for a particular historical problem (ULO 1).

  2. Evaluate a variety of historical sources for their credibility, meaning, significance, and perspective and demonstrate an ability to place them in historical context (ULO 1).

  3. Analyze multiple scholarly viewpoints that provide perspective on the past; identify and summarize other scholars' historical arguments; and recognize the importance of building on other scholars' work, peer review, and citation (ULO 1).

  4. Craft a historical narrative and argument by generating a significant question and finding and choosing appropriate sources, which is reasoned and based on historical evidence selected, arranged, and analyzed (ULO 3).

  5. Apply a biblical philosophy of history to their own study, writing, and analysis of social, political, religious, cultural, and/or economic issues (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.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
The student is required to take the following (which will meet the Core Curriculum requirements) before taking upper-division courses in history. These courses are prerequisites for all upper-division courses in history. Torrey Courses fulfill these requirements. This requirement may be waived only with faculty approval and signature.
World Civilizations I
United States History To 1865
Program Courses
HIST 101World Civilizations II3
HIST 201United States History Since 18653
HIST 290Research Methods in History3
HIST 321History of the Christian Church3
HIST 495Capstone: History in Christian Faith and Practice3
Select one of the following:3-6
Research Seminar
Honors Program
and Honors Program
Select 12 credits (4 courses) from student's chosen concentration area 12
Select 9 credits (3 courses) from the other concentration area 19
Total Credits39-42


Civilizations of the World

HIST 304Ancient Near East3
HIST 305English History3
HIST 306Studies in British History3
HIST 313Medieval Europe3
HIST 318Studies in Modern Europe1-3
HIST 323Ancient Greece3
HIST 324Roman History3
HIST 331History of East Asia3
HIST 332Studies in Asian Civilizations3
HIST 335History of Modern China3
HIST 400Studies in Developing Nations3
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 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 445Africa: History, Peoples and Culture3
HIST 447Topics in African History3
HIST 454Arab-Israeli Conflict3
HIST 455History of Israel and Zionism3
HIST 456Muslim, Jewish and Christian Relations3

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 401The Rise of Modern America, 1877–19203
HIST 402The United States Since 19203
HIST 403California History3
HIST 408The Church in the American Experience3
HIST 412The American West3
HIST 415Oral History3
HIST 418The History of the City3
HIST 425War and Civilization3

Other Programs

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 HIST 490HIST 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.

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.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Students who wish to pursue a career in teaching in secondary education are required to take the following courses to meet the Core Curriculum requirements:
World Civilizations I
United States History To 1865
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Psychology
Program Courses
Students must take 42 credits in History and Political Science, including:
HIST 101World Civilizations II3
HIST 201United States History Since 18653
HIST 290Research Methods in History3
HIST 321History of the Christian Church3
HIST 360Economic History of the United States3
HIST 403California History3
HIST 480Research Seminar3
or HIST 490 Honors Program
or HIST 491 Honors Program
HIST 495Capstone: History in Christian Faith and Practice3
POSC 211Introduction to Political Economy3
POSC 225Survey of American Government3
Elective Courses
Select 12 credits of upper-division History elective courses:12
6 credits of upper-division US History courses
6 credits of upper-division World History courses
Program-Specific Education Courses
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 438Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
Student teaching (12 credits) may be completed at the graduate level and is not required for undergraduate graduation:
Secondary Student Teaching I
Secondary Student Teaching II
Total Credits59

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

History, B.A.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
HIST 1003HIST 1013
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Science (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021MATH 1211
 KNES 1071
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
HIST 2003HIST 2013
HIST 2903HIST 3213
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
General Elective3General Elective4
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Third Year
BBST 2513BBST 3543
History Concentration (upper-division)13History Elective (upper-division)13
History Elective (upper-division)13History Concentration (upper-division)13
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1221ENGL 3133
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1MATH 1231
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
BBST 3653BBST 306, 316, or 3263
History Concentration (upper-division)13History Concentration (upper-division)13
HIST 480 (or HIST 490 & 491)23HIST 4953
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3History Elective (upper-division)13
 15 15
Total Credits 30

History, B.A. Secondary Instruction

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
HIST 1003POSC 2253
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 1013
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
KNES 1071PSYC 200 (required)3
GNST 1021MATH 1221
 15 17
Total Credits 32
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
HIST 2003LEDU 3303
POSC 2113History Elective - World (upper-division)3
LEDU 3013Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3Science (see Core Curriculum)3
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3MATH 1211
 18 16
Total Credits 34
Third Year
BBST 2513BBST 3543
HIST 2903HIST 3603
HIST 3213History Elective - World (upper-division)3
History Elective - US (upper-division)3LEDU 4253
LEDU 3413ENGL 3133
PHIL 215 (required)3MATH 1231
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 18 16
Total Credits 34
Fourth Year
BBST 3653BBST 4653
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
HIST 2013HIST 4953
HIST 4033LEDU 4332
HIST 480 (or HIST 490&491)13LEDU 4383
History Elective - US (upper-division)3KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 LEDU 45020
 LEDU 45220
 18 15
Total Credits 33