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Bachelor of Arts

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.

Program Objectives

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  • Acquire an appropriate knowledge of historical content and knowledge of how the discipline of history influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture;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.

Course Requirements

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 36 General Electives
    • Standard AGS requirements, except that Western Civilization I or the equivalent must be taken to fulfill the Fine Arts or Humanities Segment.
  • 12 Bible, Theology & Leadership:
    • PHL3000 Transformed Worldview
    • MIN3100 Concepts of Leadership
    • PHL3000 Ethics
    • HIS4000 Survey of Church History 
  • 36 History Major:
    • 24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above
    • 3 credit hours - Historiography
    • 6 credit hours - U.S. History
    • 3 credit hours - Western Civilization
      (Credits for history courses taken as part of the General Education requirement do not count toward the major requirements.)
    • 3 credit hours - European History
    • 3 credit hours - Non-Western History
    • 3 credit hours - Colloquium
    • 3-4 credit hours - Research Seminar or Undergraduate Thesis

 

Core History Course List

HIS2010 Western Civilization I 3 credits 5 weeks

A study of Western Civilization from the Ancient Age through the Medieval Age with a focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.

(NOTE: Course description is pending approval by the Curriculum & Assessment Committee.)

HIS2020 Western Civilization II 3 credits 5 weeks

A study of Western Civilization through the Modern and Postmodern Age that focuses on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.

(NOTE: Course description is pending approval by the Curriculum & Assessment Committee.)

HIS2050 U.S. History I 3 credits 5 weeks

A survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from colonization through Reconstruction. Special emphasis will be given to the Founding Fathers and the influence of a Christian Worldview upon the development of the nation.

(NOTE: Course description is pending approval by the Curriculum & Assessment Committee.)

HIS2060 U.S. History II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a continuation of the United States History I and is a survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from Reconstruction through the present.

(NOTE: Course description is pending approval by the Curriculum & Assessment Committee.)

Prerequisite:
HIS2050

HIS2100 Introduction to Historiography 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the student to the study of historical writing.  Students will be introduced to the scholarly methods required of historians and to the various schools of thought that define the discipline.

HIS3000 History of Free Market Thought 3 credits 5 weeks

This is a reading intensive course focused on the history of proponents of free market capitalism and the application of their theories in the world since the publication of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.

HIS3100 Gilded Age America, 1876-1915 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will focus on the social, political, and economic history of the United States from the Centennial celebration of the U.S. until just after the start of World War I.

HIS3200 The American Century, 1916-2001 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the social, political, and economic history of the United States and the rise of American power from just before America’s entry into World War I until the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and other targets in September 2001.

HIS3300 Modern East Asian History 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an advanced survey of the history of modern China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea that covers the significant events, ideas, people, and movements from the beginning of the Qing Dynasty of China (1664 A.D.) to the present.

 

HIS3400 Modern Western Europe 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an advanced survey of the history of modern Western Europe that covers the significant events, ideas, people, and movements from the French Revolution (1789 A.D.) to the present.

HIS4000 Survey of Church History 3 credits 5 weeks

The purpose of this course is to trace the history of Christianity from its beginnings to the great schism of 1054. Special attention will be given to the origins, expansions, key figures, theological development, and growth of Christianity, as well as, the relationship of church and state.

HIS4200 Colloquium: The New Republic 3 credits 5 weeks

The Colloquium is a reading-intensive seminar in which students will be immersed in a specific area of study.

HIS4500 Research Seminar: The New Republic 3 credits 6 weeks

The research seminar is a capstone experience in which the history major will utilize what he or she has learned in previous coursework and, working with primary and secondary materials, craft an essay on a topic aligned with the course’s specific focus.

Prerequisite:
30 credit hours of history courses/credits at OCU or accepted by OCU

HIS4900 Undergraduate Thesis 3 credits 8 weeks

The undergraduate thesis is a capstone experience in which the history major will utilize what he or she has learned in previous coursework and, working with primary and secondary materials, craft an extended essay under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Prerequisite:
30 credit hours of history courses/credits at OCU or accepted by OCU

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 50 semester credits from an institution of higher learning accredited regionally or by ABHE.
  • Official transcript directly from all institutions previously attended.
  • GPA of 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) on all prior work.
  • Application form and payment of Application Fee.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.