OCU’s history program invites students to critically reflect upon the ideas, faith traditions, political movements, leaders, and cultures that shaped the West and the United States over the past three millennia and to understand the present as a continuation of the past. Through exposure to a broad set of readings and other work, OCU’s history program provides students with a background in the proper techniques for evaluating historical works, engaging in professional methods for historical research, and developing advanced writing and oral presentation skills.
Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:
- Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
- Acquire an appropriate knowledge of historical content and knowledge of how the discipline of history influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture;
- Critically examine concepts and theories concerning the discipline of history and the interaction of faith and history;
- Analyze primary and secondary materials and create work that provides a reasonable interpretation of data;
- Produce written work and/or other materials at an advanced level, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.