the Grove City College History Department
The History Department is
one of the largest at Grove City College in terms of majors.
We offer two majors—a B. A. in History and a B.S. in
Secondary Education Social Studies. We currently have about
130 majors, about 2/3s of whom are history majors and 1/3 of
whom are SESS majors. Our six full-time faculty have many
years of teaching experience and considerable expertise in
their fields. We are all active scholars who have published
many books, articles, and reviews. Nevertheless, our
primary passion is teaching undergraduate students. Our
students consider us readily available, approachable, and
interested in their welfare.
We want to help students
grow in their understanding of history, their ability to
think critically, do research effectively, and write
lucidly. We want to help them prepare for careers in
teaching, law, ministry, journalism, politics, business, and
other fields. The skills students develop in analyzing
arguments and issues, research, writing, and speaking can
help them work effectively in a variety of fields after
graduation. We also want to help students think biblically
about history and life and to encourage them to advance
God’s kingdom on earth.
The History program at Grove
City College attracts many of the college’s finest
students. We are privileged to be able to work with such
outstanding students and guide them in their intellectual,
vocational, and spiritual development.
Come and share our
excitement about learning, growing, critical thinking,
scholarship, and service of God and people.
Statement of Philosophy/Mission
for the History Department
The History program of
Grove City College rests upon the belief that the study of
history provides a valuable preparation for life and
vocation. Christian historical scholarship draws upon
biblical presuppositions about the structure of the created
order, the fallen nature of humans, and God’s redemptive
plan in history. The historical record is complex and
ambiguous and thus, outside of Scripture, we are limited in
our ability to understand precisely how God fulfills His
plan in day-to-day events. Nevertheless, Christian
historians attempt to use their God-given reason to assess
historical events critically and accurately. We seek to
select, arrange, and interpret past events, texts,
movements, and individuals in accordance with our biblical
presuppositions in a fair and balanced way that is sensitive
to other, differing perspectives. We encourage students to
question assumptions and think independently and critically.
In short, we strive to
help students develop a Christian mind and to use the
principles and methods of history to examine and understand
the world, especially the key individuals, institutions,
policies, events, and organizations that have powerfully
affected its development. We seek to help our history
majors, SESS majors, and students taking our courses as
electives to serve God and others more faithfully and
effectively in the contemporary world.
General Objectives for Students Majoring
in History and SESS
History and SESS majors
Demonstrate superior performance in the areas of
cultural, political, social, intellectual, economic, diplomatic/military, and
religious history in all time periods and locales. This will be evidenced by
performance on the Major Field Achievement Test in History that is well above
average compared to history departments at other institutions.
- Develop a worldview that integrates
historical understanding and the Christian faith and builds upon the moral and
spiritual values inculcated by their families and churches.
- Display a knowledge of and appreciation for
the Western cultural and intellectual tradition and a basic understanding of and
respect for the cultural and intellectual traditions of the non-Western world.
- Demonstrate critical reading, writing, and
thinking skills and essential research skills, including ability to read,
comprehend, and critically evaluate sources in history, including articles in
professional history journals and historical monographs. (IL, WI)
the ability to write sophisticated research papers using the Chicago Manual
of Style. (IL, WI)
able to present and defend historical theories and issues in a compelling and
professional manner. (SI)
competitive for graduate school opportunities and related matters such as
scholarships, assistantships, and other awards. Majors with excellent academic
records will be able to compete successfully with those from other institutions
in gaining admission to and financial assistance from competitive M.A. and Ph.D.
Serve their communities by applying a
coherent biblical worldview informed by careful historical reflection.
Be competitive and well prepared for careers
in history and related fields, for further academic or professional study in
fields such as law and the Christian ministry, or to teach social studies on the
high school level in America’s finest public and private schools.