The Department of History prepares you for service by studying the past as it relates to the present and to the future. Our approach affirms worthy heritages, welcomes long-neglected voices, applies innovative tools, interacts with other fields of study, and cultivates the virtue of hope in a world both deeply divided and globally interwoven.
When you study history at SPU, you:
Read widely, think deeply, and communicate clearly about the vast record of human experience.
Learn how to discover facts, weigh interpretations, and draw conclusions to comprehend the present, envision alternative scenarios, and identify with generations to come.
Get to know the human story in its many phases and dimensions — ancient, medieval, and modern; United States, European, non-Western, and global; and the heritage of Christian faith and practice.