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Digging up a Passion for History

If you’re fascinated by the past and its impact on the present and future, consider majoring in History. Taylor’s History program will enable you to follow your curiosity while challenging your assumptions about how the world works, sharpening your ability to make connections, and teaching you to think critically. Graduates of our programs will be prepared for a wide variety of careers.

The Whole World in Your Hands

Students learn to pose questions, identify sources, examine historical accounts, and consider connections between geography, culture, politics, economics, and religion. In every course, you will consider the underpinnings of societies, whether they be religious, political, philosophical, or cultural.

History classes at Taylor cover a vast array of topics and time periods in both American and world history. American history classes cover colonial America, constitutional law, African-American history, women in American history, and more.

You will also have the opportunity to examine the history and geography of other countries in world history courses like Ancient Near Eastern History, Modern Middle East, The Greco-Roman World, Modern European Empires, Women in the Ancient World, The World since 1945, and many others. History majors will also complete a hands-on practicum with original research and analysis.

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Study Abroad

Taylor’s History, Global, and Political Studies programs offer opportunities to study global history, economics, politics, and culture overseas. Students interested in studying the Middle East can spend a semester at Jerusalem University. Other places to travel include Latin America, Spain, London, and more. Our students can also work stateside in the heart of Washington D.C. with Best Semester’s American Studies Program.

Study Abroad Opportunities
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Egypt January Term Trip

The Egypt J-Term experience takes students to Cairo and Luxor to explore the culture of ancient and modern Egypt through an interdisciplinary approach that covers areas such as: history, religion, politics, architecture, art, language, geography/environment, diplomatic relations, and gender relations. By approaching ancient Egypt in this way, students will be challenged to better understand the multifaceted aspects of culture and how different components impact and shape each other.

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Minor in History

If you want to enrich your understanding of the world in both its present and past states, consider adding a minor in History. Customize your History curriculum by selecting courses from the countries and time periods that interest you. A History minor pairs well with majors in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE), English, Multimedia Journalism, and Psychology.

Erin Drummy
Class of 2020
"The entire History, Global, and Political Studies department has always been so supportive of all of the student endeavors and continues to provide a phenomenal environment for learning and growth."

History Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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