History & Politics
The Department of History and Politics believes that historical thinking is an essential feature of faithful living. In our history classes, we aim to help cultivate in students the skills, knowledge, and virtues necessary for thinking historically. To think historically is to read all dimensions of the creation with a keen and subtle awareness of how they were shaped by processes rooted in the remote and the recent past. It also involves understanding past events, ideas, institutions, and civilizations within their thick and varied contexts. The department offers both a major and minor in history, and a concentration in art history, to achieve these goals. We also believe in the importance of civic thinking for a vibrant society. Our political science classes develop civic thinking by providing students with the theories, analytical skills, empirical methods, and research opportunities to understand the patterns of conflict and cooperation that characterize relations within and between states and peoples. The department offers a major and minor in political science to achieve these goals.
For General EducationThe department will help students taking history or political science courses within the core curriculum to understand the shape, political dynamics, and historical roots of the modern world and to ask questions within their own major fields informed by the realities of historical development.
For the History MajorMajors are further assisted in developing a deeper understanding of certain aspects of the past and in thinking critically about the issues and problems of teaching and writing history as Christians. To that end, Introduction to History, Historiography, Senior Seminar in History, and completion of a Capstone Project are required for all history majors. Majors in history at Covenant have led to vocations in teaching, journalism, law, government service, pastoral ministry, academic scholarship, and a host of other fields that benefit from a strong foundation in research skills, writing aptitude, and general training in the liberal arts. For further information, the student is urged to consult with anyone within the Department of History and Politics.
For the Political Science MajorMajors study the actors and institutions that generate cooperation and conflict in society and among states. The starting point for this study is an acknowledgment of human beings as fallen image-bearers and government as an ordained institution, and requires that students be taught the discipline’s scientific basis, values, constraints, theoretical foundations and debates, ethical considerations, content across disciplinary fields, methods of inquiry, and analytical skills.
Students interested in teaching history for grades 6-12 should complete a BA degree with a major in history and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching at Covenant College. It is recommended that the Education Minor be completed.
Political Science Pre-MAT
Students who are interested in teaching political science for grades 6-12 should complete the political science major or the history major and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching at Covenant College. It is recommended that the Education Minor be completed.