History. Just a bunch of names and dates, right? Well, that’s only the beginning. While history does involve names, it seeks to understand the people behind those names, with all of their emotions, motives, worldviews, and biases. Likewise, it includes not just dates but the context and sequence that those dates represent. The study of history seeks to facilitate critical thinking and promote understanding of all things human by locating them within time and space. Thus, it encompasses such fields as literature, science, psychology, music, philosophy, theology, psychology, anthropology, economics, and communications. History is more than a study and reconstruction of the past; insights into the human experience gained from historical inquiry can be of utmost relevance to an understanding of our present. That insight and relevance take on even greater significance when such efforts are integrated with the transcendent biblical truths about reality in general and humanity in particular that are the foundation of a Christian worldview.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I do with a History Major?
The B.A. in history is the preferred major for those planning to go on for graduate work and eventually teaching history at the college level. Knowledge and skills obtained within the major serve also as excellent preparation for graduate work in law school or seminary. Career opportunities are wide and varied: education, law, business, journalism, and government are some of the fields in which a degree in history is valued.
What if I want to teach History in a public school?
Those who wish to teach History at the middle or high school level (6-12) should pursue a Secondary Education major in History offered through the Teacher Education Department.
What is the difference between a History degree at TFC versus a public college or university?
While TFC’s history major might not compare in size of faculty or in number of courses offered to those at public colleges or universities, it does compare quite well to those at similar-sized Christian schools. Moreover, coupled with TFC’s 30-hour requirement in Bible, it provides a distinctive educational package unavailable not only at public institutions but also at Christian liberal arts colleges and most traditional Bible colleges. The major exists within an intentionally Christian academic context that seeks to facilitate the integration of biblical truths with historical understanding.
The learning objectives for this major include:
- Gaining factual knowledge of periods, movements, and events in history.
- Learning fundamental principles and theories of historical interpretation.
- Developing specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the fields of historical research, teaching, or pre-professional studies.
- Developing a clear understanding of and commitment to biblical values relating to history.
This page is for informational purposes only and is not intended for official academic purposes. Please refer to the official college catalog for detailed information regarding all courses of study.
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