Undergraduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies


At Eastern Nazarene College, students don't just read about history. They explore, research, and discover history in the historic backdrop of Quincy and Boston, acquiring a dynamic understanding of history while developing marketable communication and critical thinking skills.


Eastern Nazarene College’s history program helps students acquire a foundation in history and develop historical thinking skills through a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in topics that span the history of America, Europe, and Africa; immigration; genocide; and the Cold War to name just a few. Students also have the opportunity to tailor their degree to their areas of interest. Upon graduation, students are prepared to enter any number of professions including, education and social work. Many students pursue graduate studies in history, law, international relations, and library science.

Eastern Nazarene College’s small class sizes and faith-based community help students advance their historical interests and career aspirations while also developing their beliefs in a place where both academic and spiritual growth are encouraged and nurtured.

The Teacher Education Program has created a Student Education Association of Massachusetts chapter on campus so students may take part in professional development opportunities. Eastern Nazarene College also has a history club that meets regularly and plans events and trips.

Career Paths

Recent graduates of Eastern Nazarene College have been admitted into graduate programs and law schools at Harvard University, Stanford University, Yale University, George Mason University, New England Law, George Washington University, University of New York-Albany, Kent State University, Simmons University, Sacramento State University and others. 

History Requirements (BA)
  • Fulfill all General Degree Requirements 
  • Fulfill General Education Requirements – 44 credits 
  • Fulfill all History Major Requirements 

History Core (all required), minimum grade C, 9 credits 

  • HI150 American Experience 3 
  • HI310 Critical Readings in History 3 
  • HI493 Department Thesis 3 

American History Sequence (choose two), minimum grade C, 6 credits 

  • HI223 Colonial and Revolutionary America 3 
  • HI224 Forging of a New Nation 3 
  • HI225 History of the US: 1865–1919 3 
  • HI226 History of the US: 1920–Present 3 

European History Sequence (choose two), minimum grade C, 6 credits 

  • HI227 Ancient Mediterranean World 3 
  • HI228 Medieval Europe 3 
  • HI229 Early Europe: 1500–Present 3 
  • HI230 Modern Europe: 1815–Present 3 

Non-Western History Requirement, minimum grade C, 3 credits 

  • HI350 Topics in Non-Western History 3 

Upper Level Electives (choose four), minimum grade C, 12 credits 

  • HI337 History of Science & Christianity 3 
  • HI340 History of International Relations: 1945–present 3 
  • HI341 Holocaust 3 
  • HI346 America in the 1960s 3 
  • HI347 History/Culture of the American South 3 
  • HI353 History of the Civil Rights Movement 3 
  • HI371/GO371 The Conservative Imagination 3 
  • HI372/GO372 The Liberal Imagination 3 
  • HI399 Special Topics in History 3 
  • HI410 Seminar in American History 3 
  • HI420 Seminar in European History 3 
  • HI499 Special Topics in History 3 
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William McCoy

Associate Professor of History



Angell Hall, 40

Why our faculty loves teaching History

Studying history is a great way to think deeply about our world while gaining valuable communication and critical thinking skills that prepare you for a wide range of career pursuits. History majors have gone on to work in education, law, marketing, ministry and more. At Eastern Nazarene College, you have access to the rich historic resources of Boston and join a community of students and faculty who share your passion for exploring the past.”

William McCoy
Associate Professor of History

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