History Department Objectives

The mission of the Department of History at Eastern Nazarene College is to instruct students in the craft of historical study as a means of understanding both the past and the contemporary world. In support of ENC’s larger mission as a Christian liberal arts institution, the department’s faculty endeavors to develop a community characterized by the pursuit of academic excellence, mutual respect for others, and an integrated Christian faith.


  1. To impart knowledge of the past by exposing students to the people, cultures, and ideas that have made a major impact on the development of western and world civilizations. Our students will, therefore, be able to: a. Understand the dynamics of change over time. b. Articulate the complex differences in human experience across time and space.
  2. To expose students to important schools of historical interpretation and to teach students to read and value history for themselves, thereby encouraging discussion and critical thinking about the past and the contemporary world. Our students will, therefore, be able to: a. Recognize and generate effective historical narrative and arguments based on appropriate evidence. b. Evaluate a variety of historical sources for their credibility, position, and perspective. c. Articulate the ethics of historical practice in terms of building on other scholars’ work.
  3. To foster a spirit of historical empathy and wisdom that promotes tolerance, understanding, and appreciation for the views of others. Our students will, therefore, be able to: a. Interpret the past in context and on its own terms. b. Engage a diversity of viewpoints in a civil and constructive fashion. c. Apply historical knowledge and analysis to contemporary social and political conversations.
  4. To foster the essential skills of research, analysis, and communication necessary to teach history in secondary schools, pursue studies in graduate or professional schools, or enter a variety of professions. Our students will, therefore, be able to: a. Conduct research based on the critical evaluation of a variety of sources. b. Present effective, reasoned arguments in both written and oral form.
  5. To give students a breadth of background and depth of perception that will illuminate the liberal arts. Our students will, therefore, be able to: a. Identify links between their studies in history and their studies in ENC’s general education curriculum or other disciplines. b. Appreciate the unique educational and cultural institutions available to them in the Boston area. c. Assess the value of liberal arts education as a framework for lifelong learning.
  6. To encourage students to explore issues related to a Christian approach to understanding history. Our students will, therefore, be able to: a. Recognize the limits of academic historical methods in attributing a deeper meaning to the past. b. Assess the difference between academic and providentialist understandings of the past. c. Articulate the contours of their own philosophy of history.
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