Department of History and Great Texts
Whether you are a History major or a Great Texts major, you’ll 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. Whether you are part of our History or Great Texts program, 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, government agencies, foreign service, journalism, communications, museums, archival work, library science, academia or the corporate world.
The study of History or Great Texts isn’t to learn about the past. We study these things to understand the present, offer solutions and change the world.
You’ll also have the opportunity to join the campus History Club and to qualify for the Alpha-Lambda-Zeta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.
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We can’t wait to welcome you to HBU!