About the History Department

Alissa Walter teaching class


Our Mission

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, and global, through the lens of Christian faith and practice.  

Careers for History Majors

As a history major, you have several career options. Check out this resource from the American Historical Association.

Rebecca Hughes

Rebecca Hughes

I love teaching at SPU because I get to interact closely with my students. Many of my history classes raise hard questions about the evil humans inflict upon each other. At SPU, I have the gift of being able to bring my Christian faith and its rich heritage to bear on these issues. That freedom allows me to be authentic about my source of hope and it provides a platform for me to encourage my students to have the confidence they can make a difference in the world.