The History Major cultivates a critical understanding of the human past and develops skills of historical research, analysis, and communication that enable students to engage the world in which they serve in a thoughtful, positive, and creative manner. Graduates may pursue a variety of career paths as communicators, educators, researchers, writers, and public historians. They will also be prepared for graduate school in history, law, or intercultural studies.

Students will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual and professional formation of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework combine a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core with concentrations available in American History, Church History, Public History, World History, and General History.

Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.


The American History concentration focuses on the history of the United States of America from initial settlement to the present. Students choose coursework in specific eras or topics in American history, including contemporary global issues. A biblical or foreign language is required; French or Spanish is suggested.

The Church History concentration focuses on the history of the Christian Church from the first century to the present, with an emphasis on the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement. A biblical or foreign language is required; Greek is suggested.

The General History concentration provides a balance between American, Church, and World history courses for the student who desires a broad base of expertise.

The Public History concentration focuses on the work of public historians in archives, museums, public policy organizations, historical societies, and in media. Public historians are devoted to practicing history outside of the classroom to address a wide variety of historical issues and to present those issues to non-academic audiences.

The World History concentration focuses on the history of world civilizations, such as Africa, China, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, including America’s role in global issues. A biblical or foreign language is required.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Write persuasively and communicate effectively.
  • Understand and employ the skills of historical research.
  • Appreciate the distinctiveness and richness of diverse societies, cultures, and perspectives.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Modern Middle Eastern History
History & Cultures of Latin America
History of Ancient Graeco-Roman Society
History of Europe in the Middle Ages
History & Cultures of Africa
Religion & Philosophy in China
Islam: History, Beliefs, & Practices
Archiving, Preservation & Technology

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective