Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview
History is trillions of different threads just waiting to be unraveled, each one connecting our past and present to what’s ahead. Exploring history at Briar Cliff is an adventure; one that will make you stand out in the career you decide to pursue: as a lawyer, writer, librarian, teacher, businessperson — or even as a politician. Along the way, you'll uncover and discover things you never knew about humankind — and yourself!
What's your history passion?
The Medieval Renaissance. The Civil Rights Movement. Rock N’ Roll. Whichever niche of history fascinates you, immerse yourself in it, search for clues, build your thesis, then give us your take. It's all part of the senior capstone project — your chance to slice off your own piece of history and examine it through a lens no one else ever has!
Along the way, you’ll find a home base for research in the Bishop Mueller Library, brimming with more than 100,000 print and electronic resources. You’ll also get on a first-name basis with our renowned and published faculty, including a Fulbright Scholar and Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow.
Land a hands-on internship.
Each year, the Sioux City Public Museum offers a paid internship in museum studies to a BCU history major. It’s a chance to be trained in historical preservation, archival management and museum instruction — and, you’ll get class credit for it! Other history majors intern at local law offices or work at city libraries. Interested in teaching? Pick up a history teaching endorsement, and turn your passion for history and social studies into a student teaching opportunity in an elementary or high school classroom.
See the world.
There’s no better way to get a grasp of world history than to see where it happened for yourself. Each year, history majors have the chance to embark on historical travel opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. We’ve journeyed to London, Paris, Rome, Munich, the Swiss Alps — sometimes, all in the same trip!
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Core History Program Courses
HIST 110 - An Introduction to World Civilizations
This survey will study the various patterns of world civilizations, beginning with ancient societies. The course will focus mainly on their social and cultural influences, trans-cultural interactions, and the impact of these societies on the present. Read more »
HIST 113 - Western Civilization I
This survey traces the origins of important movements in early Western Civilization from the Greeks to the Romans, developments in Judaism and Christianity and feudal Europe up to the Renaissance and Reformation. Read more »
HIST 114 - Western Civilization II
This survey traces the origins of important movements in early Western Civilization from the Scientific Revolution and Age of Absolutism through French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and German unification to World War I. Read more »
HIST 203 - Historical Inquiry
Historical Inquiry is for students considering a major or minor in history or related field. The main purpose of the course is to investigate what it means to be a historian. This course explores the nature, uses, and methodologies of historical inquiry as well as the various career options available for those interested in History. Read more »
HIST 231 - American History to 1877
A survey of the history of the American people from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. Read more »
HIST 232 - U.S. History Since 1877
A survey of the history of the American people from the South's reconstruction to the present. Read more »
HIST 337 - Twentieth Century World History
This survey seeks to find the causes and effects of current world problems and crises. Special emphasis will be placed on countries and events that are focal points in world affairs today. These include the nation-state and minorities, radical communist, fascists, and religious ideologies, de-colonization, modernization and Westernization. Read more »
HIST 468 - Intellectual History
This course will briefly survey the five major intellectual currents of metaphysics, politics, ethics, logic and aesthetics, followed by an analysis of how various historical figures, thinkers and events fit into one of the five categories. This course will point out major trends in Western thought, as well as developing higher-level thinking, writing and verbal skills. Prerequisites: HIST: 335, 336, 337 Read more »
HIST 470 - Senior Thesis
The senior thesis represents the "capstone" of the history degree, the last step in a student's undergraduate education at Briar Cliff. In the course of the seminar, you will select a topic, organize a bibliography, conduct research and write a thesis. Read more »
SPEC 111 - Public Speaking
An introduction to the craft of public speaking. Emphasis is placed on techniques of speech composition. A study is made of the different types of speeches with special attention given to informative and persuasive speaking. Read more »
WRTG 109 - Introduction to College Writing
Introduction to College Writing offers students multiple opportunities to practice essay planning, writing, and revision on a variety of topics. Read more »
WRTG 159 - Contemporary Argument and Research
Our world is full of dialogue and debate, and those who want to make their voices heard must choose their words carefully. In this class, students will explore current events and discuss their own reasoned perspectives on contemporary issues. Read more »
Additional Program Requirements
All history majors must take three elective HIST classes and complete one of the following courses: HIST 351, 352 or 353.
To satisfy university competencies, history majors must complete any 3- or 4-credit hour math course, SPEC 111, and 10 hours of community service.
History majors must also present their senior thesis.