HistoryFebruary 17, 2023 2023-05-05 14:03
Meet Your Major
The history major focuses on the study and interpretation of the past. History students gather and record evidence about past events and people’s ways of life. They also evaluate that evidence to explain why certain social movements and cultural trends gained momentum when they did, and why certain traditional customs and mentalities endured at the same time.
Sattler’s history program places special emphasis on equipping students for meaningful cross-cultural relationships. We consider history an excellent training ground for building students’ capacities for analytical rigor. Yet at the same time, we believe historical studies help students form habits of empathy toward people unlike themselves. As students develop skills of contextualization, appreciating the social constraints that people have faced in different cultures and historical moments, we expect they will develop the Christian virtue of humility about their own ways of living in modern America.
A student majoring in History will:
- Build a robust body of historical knowledge about past societies.
- Evaluate the trustworthiness of documentary and testimonial evidence.
- Analyze social problems by factoring economic, environmental, religious, political, and cultural spheres of life, accounting for individual human agency to change circumstances as well as its limits.
- Apply analytical and argumentative skills in written and oral communication.
- Critically assess public memorializations of the past and the values that they are meant to instill or perpetuate, and generate ideas for new roles for historical memory and analysis in public life.
Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning where you learn by doing. Opportunities include:
- Directed studies and faculty-mentored research opportunities
- Internships and field studies
- Capstone Projects
History has long been the classic undergraduate major for students who go into career fields that require both analytical rigor and eloquent writing: law, journalism, editing and publishing. A bachelor’s degree in History will also open the door to teaching history and social studies in elementary and secondary schools and engaging a local or church community as a librarian, archivist, or historical society leader. Historians are active in public life through historical preservation work and through historical interpretation at museums, public parks, and historical sites. Each of these roles can support church and para-church organizations to fulfill their missions.
What You'll Take
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