History, Philosophy, Law & Society

The Department of History, Philosophy, Law, and Society at HBU is designed to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of history, culture, government, and ability to reason effectively in a global economy and political landscape. Regardless of which program you decide on, all of the courses offered in the department focus on five common elements:

  • Great Texts
  • Research / Analysis
  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication (written and oral)
  • Ethics

Studying history and philosophy affords students the opportunity to learn about the human experience using primary sources. Primary information exist in all sorts of forms including love letters, personal journals, newspaper articles, photos, maps, charts, sermons, treatises, scholarly works, autobiographies, memoirs, poems, novels, and even oral histories that have been written down at a later date. These writings range from some of the earliest recorded accounts known to exist right up to present-day manuscripts and literature. Student scholars can access even rare and valuable original documents with ease by tapping into online archives.

As you read, analyze, discuss and write about these sources, you will develop a number of important skills. You’ll learn how to utilize investigative “tools” and ask probing questions, search for supporting evidence, analyze and synthesize data to reach rationale conclusions, and how to present your findings competently, both orally and in writing.  You’ll explore some of the most wonderful written material produced by Western Civilization, learn about the key events and forces of history, and develop a better understanding of the world we live in.

Developing these essential skills and worldviews while you are enrolled at HBU will prepare you to transition smoothly into a variety of career options in education, law, public service, government agencies, social work, law enforcement, public policy, foreign service, journalism, archival work, library science, academia, or the corporate world.

Studying in these fields can prepare you for careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Public Service
  • Healthcare Law
  • Demography
  • Education
  • Family Services
  • Foreign Service
  • Government (leadership, legislation, campaigns, etc.)
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Intelligence Field
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law School
  • Lobbyist
  • Mission Work
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Relations
  • Patient Care
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Public Health
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales
  • Social Work
  • Urban Planning