The study of History involves the conscious, vital effort of the members of any given society to understand what it is, and what it hopes to become, in the light of what it has done. This sort of informed citizenship requires “salable skills” such as critical thought, clear communication, a commitment to hard work, and deeper individual awareness. Consequently, historical study prepares men and women for successful careers in education, law, business, health care, government, and any other profession that privileges these habits of insight and diligence. However, at bottom the discipline of history is not specialized training for the current economy, but a durable investment in becoming a truly educated person. Thus, careful study of the past asks us to understand the world from the perspective of others, evaluate competing claims in the light of evidence, logic, and context, and express our ideas with clarity and precision. What training could be more practical, useful, or essential?
The Religious Studies major and minor integrates courses in religion (biblical studies and historical theology) with courses in history and philosophy that deal with various aspects of religion. The major is ideal for students intending to continue the study of religion at a seminary or graduate school.
Studies in the Philosophy minor are especially recommended for pre-professional training for such vocations as the Christian ministry, college teaching, law, journalism, creative writing and art, as well as for students of history, literature and the sciences.
The Latin American and Iberian Studies program allows students to study the Spanish languate as well as the history and culture of Latin America and other countries.