Knowledge of the past challenges one to think beyond contemporary and often trendy fads, to ideas
and issues which are timeless.

Such knowledge urges the student to greater intellectual and spiritual maturity. History provides a solid foundation for graduate study in history as well as entry into such fields as teaching, ministry, law, journalism, medicine, and business, among others.

Degree programs offered:
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Major in History
Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in History
(May be used for Secondary School Licensure)
Minor in History
Preparation for Law School


Program Details

53 hours of Arts and Sciences Core
30 hours of Theological Studies Core
34 hours of History Core
7 hours of Electives

124 – Total credit hours

Preparation for Law School

Students planning to become lawyers must first complete a baccalaureate degree before enrolling in law school. Most law schools recommend against special programs for pre-law students at the college level. Instead, they suggest that pre-law students take any of several different majors, emphasizing the development of abilities that are typically associated with a good Arts and Sciences core. These include being able to write and think critically and clearly, communicate effectively, and analyze and weigh the elements of situations; having mature study habits and intellectual curiosity; and being broadly informed. Among the programs often recommended are those leading to majors in English, History, or Business, for example.

Welch College has designated Mr. Matthew Bracey as pre-law advisor. Students interested in law school should plan their programs in consultation with him.

Sample Core Courses

HIS 1011. HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION I – A survey of the development of political, social, and religious cultures before 1600. The roots of Mesopotamian and Hebrew civilizations establish the sources from which Western Civilization springs. The course acquaints students with the foundation of Western history as it moves through the Greco-Roman and the Judeo-Christian worlds to 1600.

HIS 1022. HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION II – Continues the survey of western history from 1600 to the present. Attention is given to European political, social, and religious developments. Major topics include revolutions in science and industry, the Enlightenment, the Church, radical movements, imperialism, Darwinism, modern democracy, and totalitarianism. American heritage is included to incorporate its connection with the western world.

HIS 2013. HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES – A study of the United States from earliest exploration and settlement through the present era, with attention to helping the student obtain an understanding of the development of American institutions and acquire a greater appreciation of the American heritage.

HIS 2201. INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF HISTORY – Provides an introduction to the study of history as a discipline for History majors. Serves as an introduction to philosophies, terms, and methodologies appropriate to the field. Of particular concern to this course is an investigation of the following questions: What is history? What is a historian? What is the historian’s task? What are the historian’s tools?

HIS2605. NON-WESTERN CULTURES AND PEOPLES – A study of cultures and people groups of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern civilizations. Attention will be given to geography and natural resources; political, cultural, intellectual, and religious development; and imperialism, terrorism, and modern conflicts.