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Department of History and Intercultural Studies


Craig Kaplowitz Chair - Department of History and Intercultural Studies

James Halverson, Angelene Naw

Emeritus: Richard Clossman

Department Goals and Objectives

 The Department of History and Intercultural Studies strives to better understand the common elements and the range of diversity among human societies. We do this by learning to listen to people from times and/or places different from our own. As we become more familiar with the world as others have experienced it, we better understand the world and our place in it. We are better able to ask good questions, view events from multiple perspectives, and analyze changes and continuities in human communities across time and place. The Department of History and Intercultural Studies strives to:

  1. Prepare students who are interested in careers in which they can apply an under- standing of human behavior.
  2. Prepare students for graduate study.
  3. Model and encourage academic excellence and integration of Christian faith and the social sciences.
  4. Model and encourage a global perspective for understanding human behavior.

History Objectives

In History, students will engage in:

  1. Deep study of the past - both the society in which we find ourselves and societies that span the globe - using the particular skills of historical thinking. 
  2. Careful attention to evidence, drawn from a wide variety of source material. 
  3. Thoughtful and persuasive use of information to construct arguments about how and why societies change. 
  4. Sensitive reflection on how one's faith commitment shapes and enhances one's understanding of the past. 
  5. Consistent development in clear communication, both written and verbal. 

Intercultural Studies Objectives

Students will:

  1. Encounter the broad scope of human cultures through an interdisciplinary approach.
  2. Prepare students for careers in fields which require an understanding of foreign cultures and/or cultural diversity in their own society.
  3. Prepare for graduate study in intercultural studies, foreign policy or other cognate disciplines.
  4. Develop and practice oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Develop skills in discerning the needs of and working with diverse groups.

The intercultural Studies major is designed to give students a foundational education in the variety of human culture.  Students will receive a broad exposure to various cultures throughout the world and an introduction to the different academic approaches to intercultural study.  Students will also choose a particular culture outside the U.S. for first hand study, including language instruction.

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