Historical Professions – HIST 701

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

An overview of the discipline of history, patterns of historical research, history instruction, historical organizations and careers in history.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The course provides a general introduction to doctoral studies in history, equipping the student for study, encouraging professional aptitudes, and providing a foundation for career preparation. The course prepares the student for a terminal program by reviewing patterns of historical interpretations, reinforcing knowledge of research databases and skills, and introducing professional organizations. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Investigate patterns in history education.
  2. Evaluate trends of modern historical scholarship.
  3. Apply Biblical worldview principles to standards of historical scholarship.
  4. Research career opportunities in historical professions.
  5. Utilize research databases of the Jerry Falwell Library.

Course Assignment

Course Readings and Lecture Presentations/Notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, there are weekly Discussions which highlight research competencies and historical databases of the Jerry Falwell Library. The student is required to produce a brief video on the provided topic, demonstrating course-related knowledge. In addition to the initial posting (abstract, sources, video link) the student will provide responses to videos of three other classmates.

Benchmarking Programs Assignment

The assignment requires benchmarking and a data-driven comparative analysis of selected history programs.

Blog Assignments (2)

There are two required blogs in the course, relating to specialized historical research. The student will create a blog, write blogs on prescribed topics and submit blog assignments (abstract, a source list and a blog link).

Professional Development Assignment

The assignment requires professional self-assessment and the formulation of plans related to teaching, service and scholarship.

Quizzes (8)

There are eight quizzes across the term. Each quiz includes essay and multiple choice questions and is based on the readings and presentations of a module.