Here at BJU you’ll study history from a biblical perspective and why it’s so important to remember the past. You’ll learn, from the earliest known civilizations to the present day, how God has been working in the lives all peoples. You’ll study politics, warfare, trade, explorers, rulers and heroes to help you understand the past.
History of Civilization gives you an overview of western history and how it has been affected by world events. United States History will grant you an opportunity to develop a solid grasp of our nation’s past.
Additionally, your upper-level history classes will focus on more specific topics such as the American Civil War, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. The South and Middle East offer strong cultural studies, and Historiography and Historical Research and Writing are pre-professional courses that will teach you the fundamentals of research, interpretation and writing.
The BJU Core complements the content of your history classes well. Because history contains so many areas of study, courses like speech, English, mathematics, science, fine arts, and foreign languages will help you see how the parts of history add up to the whole. Additionally, these classes will help you think critically and to communicate more clearly in your writing and speaking. And most importantly, the skills you learn in the BJU Core will prepare you to more effectively and confidently share the Gospel with others.
History prepares you for a variety of vocations, and you can take electives to focus on areas that interest you. Many of our graduates pursue careers in history-related fields such as historic preservation, political and social history, media, and archives.
Our students who study history often take political science electives or minor in the field of political science. As graduates, they are able to go into government, politics, legal services, advertising, market research and public relations.
Brittany Miller, ’13
History is not just about learning dates and facts. It is about understanding a story that has been going on since the beginning of time. Every person has his own history, and if I am able to understand or relate to that, I am able to connect with him. The history degree that I received at BJU allows me to connect with others and build relationships for the future.
While at BJU, I was given the opportunity to learn history while being grounded in a biblical worldview. This allows me to be more discerning about past, present and future news.
Overall, my history degree from BJU has prepared me to be a discerning citizen, informed business woman and follower of Christ.
The history program at BJU opens the door to many career possibilities including:
- Social Work
- Archive Management
- Research and Publishing
- Personnel/Human Resources
- Travel Agent/Consultant
- Public Relations
Our history graduates have been accepted into leading graduate schools including:
- United States War College
- University of Maryland
- University of South Carolina
- University of Tennessee
- University of Virginia
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs. Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
Criminal Justice Association
The Criminal Justice Association exposes you to the American criminal justice system. Active career professionals present their perspectives and discuss items of current interest, emerging trends and other topics. Contact with the forum speakers also provides greater insight into the possibilities for ministry offered by the various jobs in law enforcement, the courts and corrections.
South Carolina Student Legislature
Each fall BJU’s Student Legislature team meets 10 to 15 other teams from South Carolina colleges and universities. In Columbia, S.C. they form a student government by electing a governor and a legislature presided over by officers elected from among their members. Students introduce legislation and use their extemporaneous speaking abilities, persuasive powers, and knowledge of current events to debate and pass bills they have written.
At the beginning of the academic year, the American Mock Trial Association gives participating college teams the details of a case and descriptions of fictional witnesses. Each team develops a strategy and rehearses its lawyers and witnesses for the presentation of its case. Mock Trial mimics the court process and gives history majors insight into the American legal system.
BJU sponsors debate teams that complete in the National Educational Debate Association tournaments several times throughout the year. These teams have achieved an enviable record. All interested students are invited to participate and develop their skills of persuasion and argumentation.
BJU’s history faculty brings extensive knowledge of their subjects and expertise in teaching to the classroom. Most hold terminal degrees and have published articles and books and presented professional papers. Many of the faculty have lived and traveled in the countries that they lecture about.
All have a passion for equipping their students to think biblically about past and current issues and to excel in their postgraduate work.
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Each student will:
- Analyze changes and continuities in human history oral and written.
- Evaluate research materials and historical interpretations from a biblical perspective.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.