A History degree will broaden your perspectives as you explore times, places, and peoples who are both dramatically different yet, at the same time, so very much like yourself. History is not merely dates, places, and names from the past. It is the story of people - who they are and why they do what they do - dynamic, alive, and ever-changing. To understand history is to understand yourself and others.

IWU's Bachelor of Arts with a major in History program will help you change the world by first learning how it came to be, what it is today, and where it is headed. This will lead you to an appreciation of diversity and enable you to pursue, discover, and value what matters most. The study of the past should lead to self-examination culminating in the question, "What can I learn about how to live?" These dispositions are central to and crucial for becoming citizens of the world in the twenty-first century.

Students may minor in History as a supplement to another IWU major.

If you have a passion for understanding the past and bringing a Christian worldview and context to your future work, then you should consider majoring in History at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Regional Studies: two courses from the following:


Students are required to take an additional 12 credit hours of electives as approved by the division and 10 credit hours of cognate electives from the list below.






Regional Studies: two courses from the following:


Students are required to take an additional 9 credit hours of courses from the list of electives above, with at least two of the courses at the 300 level or above.


All of the History faculty members at IWU have an earned doctorate in that subject. They are committed teachers, scholars, and Christians. A sample of the areas of historical study, interest, and expertise of our faculty includes: Ancient, Late Antiquity, Medieval, Early Modern Europe, England, Latin America, and U.S. Political and Constitutional History.

The History faculty strive to challenge untested assumptions, inspire thoughtful engagement, and cultivate a historical perspective in their students. They desire graduates who can critically analyze, appreciate, and honestly evaluate the past, resulting in a deeper understanding of the present, a greater appreciation of the human condition, and some inkling of where we may be headed in the future.

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J Russell Hawkins; PhD Assoc Prof of Humanities & History rusty.hawkins@indwes.edu View Profile
Jerry Pattengale: MA, PhD University Professor jerry.pattengale@indwes.edu View Profile
Mark Smith; MAR, MA, PhD Assoc Prof; History mark.a.smith@indwes.edu View Profile
Lisa Toland; MA, MSt, PhD Assoc Prof; Humanities & History lisa.toland@indwes.edu View Profile
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