Hans Leaman - 10-18-19

Hans Leaman,
JD, PhD.
Program Chair

Meet Your Major-History

The history major focuses on the study and interpretation of the past. History students gather and record evidence about past events and people’s ways of life. They also evaluate that evidence to explain why certain social movements and cultural trends gained momentum when they did, and why certain traditional customs and mentalities endured at the same time.

Sattler’s history program places special emphasis on equipping students for meaningful cross-cultural relationships. We consider history an excellent training ground for building students’ capacities for analytical rigor. Yet at the same time, we believe historical studies help students form habits of empathy toward people unlike themselves. As students develop skills of contextualization, appreciating the social constraints that people have faced in different cultures and historical moments, we expect they will develop the Christian virtue of humility about their own ways of living in modern America.

Historical scholarship itself informs societies’ cultural values. History writers and history-tellers shape their own societies by influencing how intimately the public will wish to identify with their communities’ past and present traditions or institutions. Sattler College students will learn to think carefully about public memorializations of the past and the values that they are meant to instill or perpetuate. Students will thereby develop deliberative skills to (1) enter into historians’ interpretive debates about the present uses of history, and (2) use historical perspectives to become more active in communal decision-making.

On this point, Sattler College continues an approach to history that can be found among the Renaissance- and Reformation-era humanists, who called people “back to the sources” of the early Church to inform their individual lives and reform the prominent social institutions of their day. The humanist educators viewed history as an auxiliary to rhetorical instruction, holding up the classically-trained orator and letter-writer as a model for spiritual and community leadership. They also believed that rhetoric and history were gateways into the morally deliberative life. These subjects, they claimed, prepared students to rise to a wide variety of occasions in public life and expanded their capacity for civic responsibility: they helped students to make moral choices in moments of decision, formulate persuasive arguments during opportunities for advocacy, and share judicious words when asked for counsel. For the Renaissance humanists, learning to be a good writer and a good speaker involved empathizing with one’s audience and evoking common aspects of the human condition. History and rhetoric thus helped students to understand humanity better, and, in the process, to become more humane. This is our goal, too. As a Christian college, Sattler seeks to equip its students to make positive contributions to their church and other community associations through ethical leadership that is informed by the wisdom they have gleaned through their study of history.

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What You’ll Learn

A student majoring in History will:

  • Build a robust body of historical knowledge about non-western and western societies.
  • Learn how to evaluate the trustworthiness of documentary and testimonial evidence.
  • Analyze social problems by accounting for factors from multiple spheres of life, such as economic, religious, environmental, social, and political factors.
  • Develop empathetic reflexes toward people who have different cultural backgrounds or life experiences.
  • Sharpen analytical and argumentative skills, and demonstrate them in writing and public speaking.

 

Hands-On Learning

Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning where you learn by doing. Opportunities include:

  • Directed studies and faculty-mentored research opportunities
  • Internships and field studies
  • Capstone Projects

 

Career Options

History has long been the classic undergraduate major for students who go into career fields that require both analytical rigor and eloquent writing: law, journalism, editing and publishing. A bachelor’s degree in History will also open the door to teaching history and social studies in elementary and secondary schools and engaging a local or church community as a librarian, archivist, or historical society leader. Historians are active in public life through historical preservation work and through historical interpretation at museums, public parks, and historical sites. Each of these roles can support church and para-church organizations to fulfill their missions.

 

What You’ll Take 

A special feature of the Sattler College experience is its extensive Core Curriculum.  We believe students are more likely to flourish socially and intellectually when each entering class enjoys a common academic experience. When all students take part in a common set of courses, upper-level students will have a large body of wisdom and knowledge to share with the students following behind them. We are convinced that the most fulfilling way to learn is to teach. Our robust Core Curriculum makes such

Required Courses

Sattler Core Courses (45 credits)

  • BIO 101 Principles of Biology
  • BRS 101 Fundamental Texts of Christianity
  • BRS 201 Christian Doctrines
  • BRS 203 Apologetics
  • LNG 102 Elementary Biblical Greek I
  • LNG 103 Elementary Biblical Greek II
  • LNG 104 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
  • LNG 105 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
  • HUM 105 Hist. Global Christianity
  • HUM 102 Hist. Ancient World
  • HUM 103 Medieval & Renaissance Europe
  • HUM 104 Hist. Modern World
  • LNG 101 Exp. Writing and Oral Comm
  • MAT 102 Statistics and Data Science
  • SOC 301 Global Poverty

Major (45 credits)

Required Courses (15 Credit Hours):
  • HIS 401 Sen. Seminar: Historiography
  • HIS 402 Capstone Project I (Independent Study)
  • HIS 403 Capstone Project II

Other History/Cross-Listed Courses (30 Credit Hours):
Majors must enroll in History or Cross-Listed courses that meet the following distribution requirements*:

  • Regions:
    • 1 in European History
    • 2 in North American History
    • 2 in Non-Western History
  • Chronology:
    • 2 in Pre-Modern History (before 1500)
    • 2 in Early Modern History (1500-1800)
    • 2 in Modern History (1800-Present)
  • Methods:
    • 2 Designated “Historical Methods” seminars

*Courses may fulfill a distribution requirement for two categories at once, with approval of the History faculty advisor. These requirements are in addition to the Core Curriculum classes in the Western intellectual tradition.

Electives or minor
30 credits

 

Sample Schedule:

First Year

  • Fall (15 Credits)
    • LNG 101 Exp. Writing and Oral Comm
    • LNG 102 Elementary Biblical Greek I
    • BIO 101 Principles of Biology
    • MAT 102 Statistics and Data Science
    • BRS 101 Fundamental Texts of Christianity
  • Spring (15 Credits)
    • HUM 102 Hist. Ancient World
    • LNG 103 Elementary Biblical Greek II
    • BRS 203 Apologetics
    • HIS Major/Minor/Electives (6)

Second Year

  • Fall (15 Credits)
    • HUM 103 Medieval & Renaissance Europe
    • LNG 104 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
    • BRS 201 Christian Doctrine I
    • HIS Major/Minor/Electives (6)
  • Spring (15 Credits)
    • HUM 104 Hist. Modern World
    • LNG 105 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
    • HIS Major/Minor/Electives (9)

Third Year

  • Fall (15 Credits)
    • HUM 105 Hist. Global Christianity
    • HIS Major/Minor/Electives (12)
  • Spring (15 Credits)
    • Study Abroad OR
    • HIS Major/Minor/Electives (15)

Fourth Year

  • Fall (15 Credits)
    • HIS 401 Senior Seminar
    • HIS 402 Capstone Project I (Ind. Study)
    • HIS Major/Minor/Electives (9)
  • Spring (15 Credits)
    • SOC 301 Global Poverty
    • HIS 402 Capstone Project (9 credits)
    • HIS Major/Minor/Elective (3)

 

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