Understanding and Interpretation

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or minor in History is for the student who wishes to discover the valuable skills in how to find, evaluate, organize and report information. These skills will serve students well in any career.

As a history major, learn to research, analyze, and interpret the past from a biblical perspective. Access the vast information contained in government records, newspapers, magazines, professional journals, photographs, interviews, films, personal diaries and letters. Discuss impressions, thoughts and opinions about the past with others. Sharpen writing skills as students prepare papers and projects.

History is Ideal for those Who Have:

  • Found themselves asking why things are the way they are
  • Made reading a top priority in their life
  • Been drawn to history since they were a child
On-Campus Clubs

Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society that recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the field of history. Students who meet the academic qualifications can participate in Phi Alpha Theta's national events including presenting at conferences and publishing research. Olivet's local chapter sponsors workshops that provide information for history students about careers and graduate school applications. Students also host a campus wide book club once a semester. Phi Alpha Theta is a way for students to participate in the Department of History and Political Science's commitment to academic excellence. 

The History League is a place for anyone, no matter what major, who loves the past. This student-run club meets once a week for discussion, screening videos on historical subjects, or just hanging out to play games with fellow history lovers. The History League also sponsors the campus-wide Historical Beard Competition known as Footnote Your Face and once a year the club takes a trip to a major historical site in Illinois. History League is the place to be for everyone with a passion for the past, and one of the many ways the Department of History and Political Science connects students with the Olivet community. 

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