History

Within the context of a Christian liberal arts education, the history and social science majors will help hone students' critical thinking, research, and writing skills. The majors demonstrate how the past can lead to a better awareness of the present by providing a basic understanding of human nature and the nature of God. The majors also equip students for professions in politics, education, human development, and the mission field as well as for entering a graduate program in history, law, public policy, education, and seminary.

History Department Mission

To prepare Christian historians for their educational, professional, and spiritual callings.

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History Major

Through attention to fact and detail, history majors gain extensive skill in the areas of reading, writing, research, documentation, argumentation, and critical analysis. Students will study the history of the United States and Europe, as well as non-western history.  Biblical and Christian history is also explored.

Earning a degree in history allows the graduate to pursue professional careers in government (particularly pre-law or diplomatic service) as well as attend graduate school in a related discipline. This degree also serves as pre-seminary preparation. Due to the depth of study, graduates demonstrate a complete grasp on the above mentioned abilities and topics, allowing them to choose from an array of jobs, ranging from policy advisor or lawyer to a museum curator.

Simpson's goal for history majors is that students graduate with an overall understanding of the world God created as affected by the rich history of all of His peoples. History majors are able to look at the world around them and see not just the historical facts, but how God's hand guided and molded the past to reach each specific moment in time.

Social Science Major

Students studying Social Science learn not only the history of the United States and other powerful countries, but also gain understanding of the human condition through psychology, sociology, civilization and religious history. Students under this major learn how the peoples and civilizations of the world developed into their current standing, as well as how to relate to these peoples and civilizations through the biblical understanding provided by their foundational studies. The Social Science major also prepares students for both graduate studies and related careers.

The goal of the Social Science major is to educate students in multiple areas of human history in conjunction with biblical understanding. Students in the Social Science program have the opportunity to develop under the tutelage of our highly skilled history department as they learn alongside students with the same goals and aspirations, allowing them to leave Simpson having built upon their foundation of historical and social understanding firm relationships with their professors, their peers, and their God.

Social Science for Teachers Major

The goal of this program is to educate students in multiple areas of human history in conjunction with biblical understanding. Students in this course of study have the opportunity to develop under the tutelage of our highly skilled history department as they learn alongside students with the same goals and aspirations, allowing them to leave Simpson having built upon their foundation of historical and social understanding firm relationships with their professors, their peers, and their God and continue on to educate younger generations in the area of Social Science.

The Social Science for Teachers (Social Science Single Subject) major is approved as a subject matter program for students desiring a single-subject California Preliminary Teaching Credential in the social sciences. Students learn all the necessary aspects of the history of the United States and other powerful countries, as well as gain an understanding of the human condition through psychology, sociology, civilization and religious history. Students under this major learn how the peoples and civilizations of the world developed into their current standing, giving them the needed understanding to relate to these peoples and civilizations through biblical understanding and teach from a loving perspective.

Ann Stamp Miller, Ph.D.

Professor of European History


amiller@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4152

Profile:

Dr. Ann Stamp Miller has degrees in history, German, European Languages and Literature, and European History. She has lived and studied abroad in Germany and Austria. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Germany in 2005-2006.

While in Germany, Miller delivered lectures at the major universities and German-American Institutes. She has attended numerous international and domestic conferences and given papers on her field of interest regarding East German writers and censorship.

Dr. Miller envisions a History Department that will create students who are deeply committed to Christian leadership, scholarship and service.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii
  • M.A., University of Hawaii
  • B.A., College of Wooster

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to History
  • Historiography
  • Nazi Germany
  • Modern Europe
  • Selected topics on the Cold War

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John Ayabe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
Humanities Division Chair


jayabe@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4155

Profile:

Dr. Ayabe received his training in United States history with an emphasis on the religious and cultural history of early America. He has long been fascinated by popular expressions of Christianity — both individually and corporately. Much of his work explores the dynamic relationship between religious organizations and society.

His scholarly interests include the history of Christian thought, American evangelicalism, frontier religion of the early Midwest, American missions and revivalism, and the exegetical writings of Jonathan Edwards. Dr. Ayabe is currently studying Baptist opposition to the formation of missionary societies during the early republic. He is working on a manuscript entitled Common Faith and Uncommon Folk: Elders, Missionaries, and the Battle for Religious Autonomy in the Central Mississippi Valley, 1796-1840.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Saint Louis University
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A., Wheaton College

Courses Taught:

  • U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II
  • Colonial & Early American History
  • Early Republic
  • Civil War & Reconstruction
  • Religion in American History

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Cherry McCabe, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
History Department Chair


cmccabe@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4154

Profile:

Cherry McCabe has a degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration, as well as a juris doctorate degree. She is an active member of the American Political Science Association; her research interests include Christian perspectives in political thought, Constitutional law and the rule of law in developing countries.

Educational Background:

  • J.D., California Western School of Law
  • B.A., UCLA

Courses Taught:

  • American Government
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Politics of the Developing World
  • Global Politics
  • Public Policy
  • US Constitutional Law
  • Political Ethics
  • World Civilizations

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Donald R. Claspill, M.A.

Associate Professor of History


dclaspill@simpsonu.edu

Profile:

Don Claspill has taught at Simpson University for many years. He is currently professor emeritus but still teaches a variety of courses for the History Department.

Educational Background:

  • M.A., San Francisco State University
  • B.A., San Francisco State University
  • B.A., Simpson College

Courses Taught:

  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II

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Students will be able to...

  • Appreciate the people, cultures, and nations of the world through historical and economic development.
  • Identify and interpret the major historic periods in the United States and world history.
  • Inculcate critical thinking, research, and writing skills.
  • Apply various technologies, methodologies, and schools of thought to historical research and writing.
  • History majors will distinguish themselves for future professional and graduate work.
  • Social Science majors will distinguish themselves for a career in education.