HISTORY

Deerfield, IL


WHY STUDY HISTORY AT TIU?

History can come across as just words on a page – unless you bring it to life. During your time here at Trinity, you will have the opportunity to travel to historic locations and research centers as you learn about events. You will walk away prepared to be a historian in archival work, research, graduate studies, or any number of other contexts.

As a student, you will have the opportunity to step outside the classroom in your studies as you re-enact historic battles, travel and study abroad, and hear seminars that will deepen your knowledge of eras and events.

WHERE YOU STUDY MATTERS

Trinity is located in a peaceful wooded setting, just 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. This prime location offers some of the nation’s best school districts, a variety of ministry organizations, and 12 Fortune 500 companies within 12 miles of campus to apply practically what you are learning in the classroom. In addition, Trinity is close to many coffee shops, restaurants, cultural experiences, and recreational activities when you need a break from the books!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most History majors finish their degree in 3-4 years. Requirements total 45 hours. This includes 36 hours of history courses and 9 hours from supporting courses.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our faculty are passionate about history! Dr. Steven Fratt’s diorama of the “Beaches of Normandy” was recently on display at the 1st Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The History major is designed to prepare you for graduate work in history, law, library science, seminary, government work, and careers requiring a strong background in the liberal arts. The major includes studies in U.S. history, European history, and world civilizations. Special courses in church history, military history, and cultural history are available. An emphasis in military history is also available.

PERSONAL. PRACTICAL. BIBLICAL.

At Trinity, you’ll be equipped to think critically and biblically in every area of life as you are challenged to apply your faith to your coursework and classroom conversations. And instead of approaching general education as a checklist of courses to be completed, Trinity’s distinctive educational approach gives you the freedom to choose courses that are most interesting and relevant to you. Working closely with your faculty advisor, you can select from electives to enhance your major, apply toward a minor, create a double major, or simply experience something new. The choices are yours! All along the way, you’ll be cared for and supported, ensuring that you make the most of your college experience.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements total 45 hours. This includes 36 hours of history courses and 9 hours from supporting courses. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Philosophy of History
  • Seminar in Modern Europe
  • World Civilizations

BA IN HISTORY

Humanities Core

Course Title Credits
HUM 200 Western Heritage I: Antiquity to Reformation 3 hours
HUM 210 Western Heritage II: Scientific Revolution to 20th C 3 hours
HUM 220 Literary Classics of the Western World 3 hours
HUM 499 Humanities Capstone 3 hours

History Core

HI 105 Understanding History 3 hours
HI 121 United States History Through the Civil War 3 hours
HI 122 United States History Since the Civil War 3 hours
HI 230 History of the Non-Western World 3 hours
GEO 100 World Geography 3 hours
ELECTIVE COURSES (15 HOURS)
Mid-Level History Courses—select three of the following: 9 hours
HI 271 Topics in World History
IDS 301 Exploring Europe: Arts and History I 3 hours
IDS 302 Exploring Europe: Arts and History II 3 hours
HI 321X American Church History 3 hours
HI 322X Topics in Church History 3 hours
HI 325 Topics in European History 3 hours
HI 340X History of Christianity 3 hours
HI 359 Topics for Honors Students 3 hours
HI 372 History of Ideas in America 3 hours
HI 373 African American History 3 hours
HI 375 Topics in American History 3 hours
HI 376 Twentieth-Century American Cultural History 3 hours
HI 450 Independent Study 3 hours
Any 400-level seminar beyond the required two 3 hours
Any TEDS Church History class 3 hours
400-Level Seminars—select two of the following: 6 hours
HI 430 Seminar in Early Modern Europe 3 hours
PH 460X Seminar on Problems in Philosophy and the Philosophy of History 3 hours
HI 471 Seminar in Colonial and Revolutionary America 3 hours
HI 480 Topics Seminar in History 3 hours
TOTAL 42 hours
Seminar on Problems in Philosophy and the Philosophy of History
These are suggestions for enrichment, especially in the humanities. They will count toward graduation hours as electives outside the major.
Course Title Credits
ENG 306 Renaissance Literature
ENG 310 Romantic Literature
ENG 318 American Literature I: Puritanism Through Transcendentalism
ENG 320 American Literature II: Civil War Through Depression
ENG 350 Topics in Literature
ENG 406 Shakespeare
ENG 420 Capstone Seminar in the British Novel
MA 285X Statistics
PH 363X Survey of Religious Diversity
PH 431X Contemporary Theory
PSY 346X Research Methods and Design
PSY 350X Social Psychology
Total Hours 42

Supporting courses required for students also majoring in secondary education:

Course Title Credits
BUS 103
or
BUS 207
Introduction to Economics

Microeconomics

3
POL 250 American Government 3
SOC 330 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
Total Hours 9

CAREER OUTCOMES:

History Teacher Archivist
Cultural Resource Manager Librarian
Politician Records Manager
Documentary Editor Legislative Staff Worker
Lawyer Museum Curator
Biographer

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