Department of History


Program Overview and Purpose

The academic study of history encompasses all aspects of life; as an academic field of study, history trains students to think broadly and to integrate their acquired knowledge in order to communicate meaningful descriptions via good writing as well as intelligent debate. At Wiley College, our faculty offer courses that lead to the Bachelor of Arts in History through instruction designed to provide complex analyses of the past and facilitate students’ mastery of factual knowledge about specific historical periods.

The faculty firmly believes that, through the study of history, students can also understand and appreciate the impacts of diverse populations on the world. An important and famous American historian has said that: “History is the queen of the humanities. It teaches wisdom and humility, and it tells us how things change through time.” Wiley’s faculty strives to impress upon all Wiley students the necessity of understanding history to approach the present with an appropriate respect for the past. Through quality instruction, high expectations, student engagement, rigor, and ongoing academic support, our faculty prepare history majors for professional careers in many fields, including teaching/education, government/politics, law/criminal justice, media, research, and business/entrepreneurship.


Students who graduate from Wiley College with a history major are expected to achieve the following:

  • Graduates of the Wiley College history program will possess the requisite critical thinking, fact-finding, problem solving, writing, speaking, social and cultural skill sets required to advantageously function, compete and succeed in any professional environment.
  • Graduates of the Wiley College history program will either secure gainful employment within a career that is compatible with their field of specialization or successfully transition from Wiley College into a graduate or professional program to further their formal education.

Career Opportunities for History Majors

The undergraduate degree in history lends itself to a diverse number of potential careers. These include teaching, international affairs, archives research, and government service. It also serves as pre-professional preparation for graduate and professional study in areas such as theology, journalism, and law. Below is an expanded career list to consider when deciding whether a Bachelor’s degree in History can help you pursue your career goals:

  • Law: Attorneys, Judges, Parole/Probation Officers, Paralegals, Clerks
  • Media: Journalists, Reporters, TV Anchors
  • Education: School Teachers, Principals, Counselors, Administrators, Professors
  • Politics: Civil service, elected office, the Foreign Service, the diplomatic corps
  • Clergy: Theologians, preachers, missionaries
  • Research: Librarians, Archivists, Editors, Publishing
  • Business: Entrepreneurship, Management, Consulting

Below is a list of famous Americans who earned an undergraduate degree in history (as compiled by the History Department of the University of Illinois):

Theodore Roosevelt, President (1901-1909)

W.E.B Du Bois, Public Intellectual, Co-Founder of NAACP, Editor of The Crisis

Woodrow Wilson, President (1913-1921)

John F. Kennedy, President (1961-1963)

Charles Kuralt, Legendary Journalist

George McGovern, Senator and Presidential Candidate (1972)

Richard Nixon, President (1969-1974)

Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State (1973-1977)

Lee Iacocca, Chrysler

Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives (1995-1999)

Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist

Charlie Rose, CNBC

Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Martha Stewart, CEO Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Bill O’Reilly, Fox News

Robert Johnson, BET

Chris “Boomer” Berman, ESPN

Joe Biden, Vice-President (2009-Present)

Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court (1986-Present)

Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court (1988-Present)

George W. Bush, President (2001-2009)

Eric Holder, Attorney General (2009-2015)

Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of HP

Elena Kagan, Supreme Court (2010-Present)

Chelsea Clinton, Hedge Fund Manager

Chris Hughes, Facebook Co-Founder

Steve Carell, The Office

Conan O’Brien, TBS’ Conan

Edward Norton, Actor

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 3-time Olympic gold medalist

Bill Bradley, NBA and Senator

Grant Hill, NBA

Ayn Rand, philosopher and author of The Fountainhead

Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist

H.G. Wells, Science-fiction novelist

Tony Horwitz, Journalist and Author


Full-Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Mr. S. Jay Carriker
    • Adjunct Instructor of History
  • Mr. Stanley Statser
    • Adjunct Online Instructor of History
  • Ms. Tonja Q. Washington
    • Adjunct Online Instructor of History
  • Dr. Alexander Marriott
    • Adjunct Instructor of History

Recent Wiley History B.A. Graduates

  • Jennah Brown, Class of 2015
  • LaTrina Jenkins, Class of 2014
  • Johnnie Walker, Class of 2014


Majoring and Minoring in History at Wiley College

Degree Requirements for a B.A. in History

Departmental Requirements (18 hours)

  • ENGL 2301 - Advanced English Composition
  • ECON 2311 - Principles of Economics
  • POLS 2301 - Texas and Federal Constitutions
  • POLS 2311 - American Politics
  • SOCI 2310 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 4311 - Social Change

Major Field of Study Requirements (33 hours)

  • HIST 2301 - Modern Europe to 1815
  • HIST 2302 - Modern Europe since 1815


  • HIST 2310 - World History I
  • HIST 2311 - World History II


  • HIST 2300 - The African American Experience
  • HIST 2305 - Historical Research Methods
  • HIST 3311 - U.S. Society and Thought I: Colonization to 1800
  • HIST 3312 - U.S. Society and Thought II: The Nineteenth Century
  • HIST 3313 - U.S. Society and Thought III: 1900 to the Present
  • HIST 4361 - Historiography
  • HIST 4362 - Senior Capstone/Senior Thesis
  • Two additional HIST courses beyond the freshman level

Requirements for a Minor in History (18 hours)

  • HIST 2305 - Historical Research Methods
  • 15 additional hours of History beyond the 1000-level, with at least 9 of those hours at the 3000- or 4000-level


Historical Documents and Research on the Internet