Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

History & Social Science


R. Steven Jones, Chair;  Elizabeth Bowser, Amy Rosenthal

Adjunct: Randall Butler, Karen Kaiser, Chloe Northrop, Monroe Solomon III

Senior Lecturer: Erwin Sicher


The mission of the History/Social Science Department is to help students acquire critical, analytical, and communicative skills through a mastery of Social Science courses, taught in a Christian context.

Aims of the Department

The department's offerings in history are designed to help the student to understand the present more fully by guiding him in a study of the past and by helping him to reason from cause to effect. The study of history is approached from the biblical viewpoint. “In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as dependent on the will and prowess of man. The shaping of events seems, to a large degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the Word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, behind, above, and through all the play and counter-play of human interests and power and passions, the agencies of the all-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsel of His own will.” E. G. White, EDUCATION, p. 173.

In political science the student traces the development, functions, and operation of national, local, and foreign governments.

Programs (Click for more info)

  • B.A. History
  • B.A. History, International Relations, and Public Policy
  • B.A. History - Secondary Certification
  • B.S. Social Science
  • B.S. Social Studies - Secondary Certification
  • Minors in History, History - Secondary Certification, Political Science and Social Science
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Teaching Certification Program (Click for more info)

The following history and social studies majors and minors are for teaching certification only. Requirements for certification are listed in the Education section of the Bulletin.

You must make formal application for admittance to the Teacher Education Program. Applications are available at the Education Department office.

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History Courses (Click for more info)

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Political Science Courses (Click for more info)

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Sociology Course (Click for more info)

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