History Department


“The past is never dead.  It’s not even past.”

William Faulkner

Students at King’s are invited to study the living past in a number of ways.  All students at King’s take the survey courses on the history of Western Civilization (History 202 and 204) as part of the foundations core. Those who wish to study the past in a more specialized manner have the option of majoring in history; the department offers three-year and four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition, the History Department participates in an interdisciplinary four-year Bachelor of Arts program with the departments of Political Science and Economics. 

The History Department offers courses that reflect the strengths and research interests of the faculty, especially in the histories of Europe, England, North America, and Christianity.  The department also offers courses in historical methods and in the philosophy of history.  Students who take the four-year major are encouraged, in consultation with faculty members, to formulate a year-long research project, the result of which would be a significant interpretative paper based on primary or archival sources.