Chair: Dennis Pettibone
Faculty: Lisa Clark Diller, Mark Peach
History is the study of the human experience. It investigates mankind’s ideas, institutions, and activities. In pursuing this investigation, history courses at Southern Adventist University emphasize the Christian view of humanity. This perspective recognizes both the potential and the limitation of human endeavor and thereby permits a broader comprehension of the past and a greater hope for the future.
Approval of Study Programs for History Majors
Departmental approval is necessary for all programs. A student majoring in history must plan his/her entire study program with a member of the history faculty. Approval is then considered on an individual basis and is granted on the following conditions:
- Compliance with graduation requirements as explained elsewhere in the Catalog.
- Fulfillment of the professional and individual needs of the student.
- Embodiment of academic balance and continuity.
- Completion of senior year assessment.
Assessment of seniors consists of two parts. First, in late fall semester of their senior year students will take the ETS Major Field Achievement Test in history. Second, at the beginning of the fall semester seniors will take a departmental exam. Preparation for this exam will constitute a one-hour independent study course involving: 1) reading a selected few classics of historical literature; 2) reviewing one’s history course work utilizing several thematic questions provided by the history faculty. The subsequent examination will be in the form of a one-hour interview of the candidate by the history faculty. This will be based on the above mentioned materials and also on the student’s portfolio of major papers accumulated during his/her history course work. The oral examination is graded on an Honors, Pass, or Fail basis. A failure requires further preparation by the student and another interview before graduation.
Upper-division history classes seek to improve skills of writing and speech. All such classes require analytical writing as part of the course work. Additionally, many classes involve discussion and oral class reports as partial basis for the student’s grade, most notably HIST 497 - Research Methods in History (W) , which requires an extended formal presentation of student research.
History majors must display the ability to apply computer usage to their discipline in two ways: first, a facility with word processing; and second, a facility in accessing information via the Internet.
History as a preprofessional degree: A student majoring in history who plans to enter a professional school in an area such as medicine or law must present a balanced program of general education classes and electives that will support the professional objectives.
History Department tours: The History Department regularly sponsors study tours to foreign countries. The purpose of these tours is to provide students and other participants with an enhanced understanding of history and culture through a combination of traditional lecture and reading with direct observation of historical sites. Academic activities connected with the tours require students to spend an amount of time equal to that expected in a regular classroom setting. Preparatory meetings and assigned reading are included in this computation. Course credit is offered under HIST 295 /HIST 495 - Directed Study (W) . Cost of the tours includes charge for academic credit.
History as general education: Freshman and sophomore students earning general education credit in history normally take courses from the 100 and 200 level. Junior and senior students meeting General Education requirements in history should select courses from the 300 and 400 level.