Online Bachelor of Arts in History

The History major 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, the History major provides students with a background in the proper techniques for evaluating historical works, engaging in professional methods historical research, and developing advanced writing and presentation skills.

Major Objectives

Upon graduating from the major, 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    Acquire an appropriate knowledge of historical content and knowledge of how the discipline of history influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture.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.

GENERAL EDUCATION45 CREDITS

GENERAL ELECTIVES39 CREDITS

HISTORY COURSES36 CREDITS

  •  
    Historiography3 Credits
  •  
    U.S. History6 Credits
  •  
    Western Civilization*3 Credits
  •  
    European History3 Credits
  •  
    Non-Western History3 Credits
  •  
    Colloquium3 Credits
  •  
    Research Seminar or Undergraduate Thesis3-4 Credits

12 credits of History electives 24 credits must be at the 3000-level or above *Credits for history courses taken as part of the General Education requirement do not count toward the major requirements.

Available History Courses

  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    A study of Western Civilization through the Modern and Postmodern Age that focuses on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people. 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.
     
  •  
    This course surveys the political, economic, and social factors that shaped the United States. This course examines the broad themes of expansionism, imperialism, isolationism, nationalism, and internationalism. Those themes are used to help better understand our nation's history and identify the Christian influences on those themes.
     
  •  
    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.
    (Prerequisite: HIS2050)
  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    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.
     
  •  
    The Colloquium is a reading-intensive seminar in which students will be immersed in a specific area of study.
     
Please choose one of the following:
  •  
    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 credits of history courses/ credits at OCU or accepted by OCU)
  •  
    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 credits of history courses/ credits at OCU or accepted by OCU)

Total120 Credit Hours

Request Information

Loading...