History Degree | Humanities

Purpose and Learning Outcomes for the Major

The mission of the Department of History and Political Science is to serve the broader university community by providing students with opportunities to obtain such elements of a liberal arts education as knowledge of and appreciation for the complexity and diversity of human heritage, cultural traditions, and cross-cultural interaction, as well as expertise in reading critically, researching carefully, thinking rigorously, and writing persuasively. Through the study of the institutions, values, and problems of the past, and the principles of government, students will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to understand the present, engage contemporary challenges, and solve future problems.

While the department offers a broad range of courses in History and Political Science, the history program specializes in southern and regional history.  In keeping with North Greenville’s mission, all faculty members teach within the framework of a Christian worldview.

Students completing majors offered by our department will be prepared to

  • Pursue graduate studies in History, law, and other fields,
  • Teach at the secondary level,
  • Pursue a variety of careers in journalism, public history, business, and government service which require the skills inherent in a liberal arts education. 

Departmental Student Learning Objectives

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree in either History or Social Studies Education will:

  • Know the basic historical chronologies of the United States and Western Civilization.
  • Know the basic structures and processes of government.
  • Be able to read and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Be able to analyze and synthesize information drawn from both non-western cultures and non-dominant cultures within the United States.
  • Be able to analyze historical/political events from a Christian worldview.
  • Be able to use primary and secondary sources to construct a clear, analytical, and cogent argument in support of a thesis on a historical/political topic.

The B.A. in History requires that the student earn at least 128 hours.  Students choosing the History major must complete the general education requirements listed below as part of the degree program.  Transfer students must earn at least 18 hours in their major at North Greenville University.  The major consists of 42 hours within the History Department.

History majors must attain a “C” or better in all survey-level courses (History 1350, 1360, 2310, 2320, 2360) in order to enroll in the upper division courses (3000 level and above).  Moreover, students must demonstrate proficiency in the history by possessing a 2.2 GPA in the discipline, and successful completion of the Senior Seminar-Senior Thesis sequence with a “C” or better in order to graduate.

Students completing the required program for the B.A. degree in History must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at or above the third semester college level.  This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized proficiency examination or by earning six hours in foreign language courses at the 2000 level or above.

For further details view our catalog or download a curriculum worksheet.