History and Philosophy

Department
Members
Robert Henderson, Chair; Terrie Aamodt, Montgomery Buell, Terrell Gottschall, Richard Jensen.
 




The department offers a major in history as well as minors in history and philosophy. In fulfilling the mission of the college, the purpose of the work in history is fourfold: to promote a better understanding of the past and an appreciation of the present; to broaden the cultural outlook and formulate a constructive philosophy of history of life; to train in skills of research and evaluation; to prepare students for teaching, graduate and professional schools, and government service. In keeping with this goal, the members of the department support the principle of personal professional development, particularly participation in research and civic responsibilities, as a means of enhancing both teaching and the historical profession. Students are prepared for further study in teaching, law, government, and church service.
 
The objective of the philosophy program is to enable students to apply careful and rigorous methods of thinking as they evaluate their personal philosophies within a Christian context. Studies in philosophy include the following elements: 1) developing critical, analytical thinking skills; 2) studying major figures and schools in the history of human thought; 3) drawing interdisciplinary connections within the context of the philosophical method; 4) analyzing moral, spiritual, metaphysical, epistemological, and logical questions and issues. Studies in philosophy will also supply the student with the sort of analytical skills that will enable the student to most productively continue the life-long pursuit of knowledge and spiritual fulfillment.
 



The department offers these degrees and majors.

Degrees
* MAJOR IN HISTORY (Bachelor of Arts)
* MINOR IN HISTORY
* MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY



Courses
* GEOGRAPHY (GEOG)
* GENERAL (HIST)
* PHILOSOPHY (PHIL)
* POLITICAL SCIENCE (PLSC)