History

Area of Humane Learning

Updated Fall 2013

The study of history is one of the core disciplines of a liberal arts education. At Milligan the study of history is rooted in the conviction that knowledge of the past contributes to intellectual maturity and an enriched quality of life, one of the objectives of the college’s Mission Statement. In an age skeptical of tradition and infatuated with the contemporary, the study of history helps to broaden the student’s world, leading to a richer understanding of the human condition in its various cultural, economic, and social contexts. The history major at Milligan also develops a respect and enthusiasm for sound scholarship, as it introduces students to the various ways that scholars have understood, described, and interpreted the past. Given their commitment as Christians, the history faculty strive to model the ways Christians do the work of historians and invite history majors to do likewise.

The history faculty has designed the major to provide a broad intellectual foundation for entry into various professional fields. Milligan history majors have become teachers, lawyers, physicians, ministers, archivists, business professionals, and practicing historians.

Graduates with a major in history are expected:

  1. To develop an appreciation for history and the craft of the historian;
  2. To be equipped for graduate study and for teaching history;
  3. To be able to make use of basic research tools and resources in order to write well about history.

History major – B.A.

Required courses in the major:

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 32

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-2014 catalog. The B. A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a major exam in each major. The senior major exam for History is the Major Field Test. All History majors must complete this test prior to graduation.

History licensure programs  - B.A.
(middle grades and secondary history)

Total number of required hours: 38

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-2014 catalog. The B. A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a major exam in each major. The senior major exam for History is the Major Field Test. All History majors must complete this test prior to graduation.

For additional information about the teacher licensure program, including a list of courses required for licensure, see the Education: Licensure Programs section of the catalog.

History minor

Required courses in the minor:

Bible majors may not use HIST 341-342 or 431-432 to fulfill the history minor requirements.

Total number of required hours: 18