History Major and Minor

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The History major and minor programs at SPU seek a balanced understanding of world cultures.
Together we:

  • Explore the roots and development of Western civilization in the ancient and medieval periods.
  • Trace the interaction between the West and the rest of the world.
  • Probe more deeply into American, European, and non-Western history.

Along the way, you’ll come to understand Christianity’s impact in Western and non-Western settings.

Meet the professors who will be teaching your classes.

History (BA)

View degree requirements:

The History major emphasizes humanity’s common heritage and shared future, and challenges you to ask how a Christian worldview can help us understand the sweep of human events, the variety of human cultures, and the influence of heritage on identity.

The Museum Studies Track supplements the History major core with coursework that helps you prepare for graduate study and employment in the vigorous and innovative field of museum studies and public history.

  • A minimum of 56–62 credits are required for this major, including 26 upper-division credits.
  • Apply to this major online through Banner.
  • You are encouraged to consider special programs, both on and off campus.
  • You are encouraged to complement a History major with a second major such as Political Science.
  • Work closely with your faculty advisor in selecting additional supporting courses tailored to your career goals.
  • Internships and other off-campus study opportunities provide you with practical skills and rich experiences in this major.
  • If you intend to enter graduate study, you should acquire a reading mastery of a foreign language.

History minor

View degree requirements: History minor.

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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies Track supplements the History major core with coursework that helps you prepare for graduate study and employment in the field of museum studies and public history.

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