• History

  • The History Department on C-SPAN

    Dr. Robert Doyle, Lectures in History: Prisoners of War Held by the United States

    Dr. Matthew O'Brien, "The End of WWII and The Early Cold War"

    The rise and fall of empires. Inventions and philosophies that have altered the human experience.

    Study the motives and actions that have rippled through the ages and produced the present day.

    Truth is at once more strange, more grand, and more wonderful, than fiction. Far from merely memorizing names, dates, and the order of events, the study of history is the study of kings and paupers, men and women, children and soldiers. It is the inquiry into their joys, their sorrows, their triumphs, and their struggles. It investigates what and why they loved, hated, feared, built, plotted, admired, destroyed, and left to posterity.

    Students of history are detectives. Facts and events, stories and evidence, come to us from the ages, but the proper context in which to understand all these bits of data easily eludes us. Historians must have the interest and ability to discover as yet unrealized pieces of the puzzle, piece together what happened, and why. Accurate and complete accounts help us better to understand the present condition of humanity, and perhaps to avoid philosophies and systems that have been tried and found sorely lacking.

    History majors at Franciscan University learn from world-class historians whose breadth of historical expertise spans from the cradle of civilization to post-modern electoral politics. They ably open up the world of historical inquiry, firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition, recognizing the Incarnation as the central fact of history. Every moment, every movement, and every person studied is seen in that eternal light.

    The history major also requires courses in economics and a foreign language, and easily affords students the opportunity to double major.

    Enter the history program. Acquire a deep understanding of the world—and humanity’s adventure within it. Be awed by God’s providential activity. And learn how to bring the insights of the ages into today’s consciousness.

    Sample Program | Course Descriptions

    First Semester Second Semester
    History of Civilization I History of Civilization II
    Elementary Foreign Language or Elect Historical Methods
    Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core Elementary Foreign Language or Elect
    Natural Science Core Natural Science Core
    Philosophy Core Literature Core
    First Semester Second Semester
    History of US I History of US II
    Math Core or Economics Core Interm Foreign Language or Elective
    Interm Foreign Language or Elective Literature Core
    Philosophy Core Philosophy Core
    Theology Core Social Science Core
    First Semester Second Semester
    History Elective History Elective
    History Elective History Elective
    Theology Core Theology Core
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective
    First Semester Second Semester
    Coordinating Seminar History Elective
    History Elective Elective
    Elective  Elective
    Elective  Elective
    Elective Elective

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