The Bachelor of Arts in History is designed to meet the guidelines of the American Historical Association. Because historical study provides a firm foundation in the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to navigate our complex contemporary world, our majors are highly prepared to succeed in the widest variety of professions, whether medicine or management, teaching or policy making, consulting or law, or the further study of history. Students can also choose to minor in history; the degree coincides well with other humanities and social sciences degrees such as english or sociology. In addition, a history minor strongly enhances students’ preparation in other areas such as business, finance, tourism, human resources, advertising, and technology by broadening their view of international cultures and how humans interact.
The Bachelor of Arts in History is offered on both the Hammond and the Westville campuses.
The Purdue University Northwest Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Social Studies Education is housed within the department of History and Philosophy. This program, cooperatively developed and supported by the department and the PNW School of Education and Counseling, is specifically designed to provide preparation for teachers of social studies. In alignment with standards set by the state of Indiana Department of Education, students specialize in the teaching of historical perspectives, and additionally choose at least two of the following areas of specialization: Economics, Government and Citizenship, Psychology, and Sociology. Graduates of our program have gone on to become excellent teachers, earning awards and successfully changing the lives of students in Indiana and beyond through social studies
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies, offered through the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences, allows students the opportunity to tailor their primary and secondary concentrations to meet their specific needs, whether these needs involve promotions at current jobs, new careers, graduate study, or personal fulfillment.
Areas of concentration can include but are not limited to technology, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, behavioral sciences, communication, business, organizational leadership and supervision, and natural sciences. Students may also transfer credits from other accredited institutions toward the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree requirements, making the plan of study even more unique. Students may transfer, for example, courses in paralegal studies, criminal justice, interior design, medical assisting – just to name a few.
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
The PNW Philosophy Program offers a major in philosophy and two minors: the general philosophy minor and a specialized minor in Philosophy-Ethics-Religion.
We also offer students pursuing a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies the opportunity to combine a focus in philosophy with study in another academic discipline, such as world history, English literature, business, or a foreign language.
The PNW Philosophy Program is special in that it offers courses in many fields as well as multiple degrees, while also providing exemplary training in axiology (value theory) and the history of philosophy.
Master of Arts in History
The Purdue University Northwest Master’s degree program in History is designed to stimulate critical thinking, broaden historical knowledge, and enhance research and analytical writing skills. The program is well-suited for social studies and history teachers who wish to enhance their teaching by keeping current in their fields, in addition to students who wish to continue their studies at the Ph.D. level. Critical thinking, research, and analytical skills acquired through this program also prepare students for careers in business, law, public policy, government, writing, museum studies, and archival work.