School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Anderson University’s history program is rigorous and intentionally strives to help students become critical thinkers with strong research and writing skills – abilities that will serve them well in both post-graduate work and in a wide variety of professions, including banking, the law, government, non-profit organizations, and public service.
Anderson University’s history program offers interested students the opportunity to learn from published scholars in a wide variety of historical fields.
Course offerings include European history, all areas of American history, and many fields of world history, including China, Japan, Russia/Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Latin America. Additionally, the department offers classes that have a broad appeal, such as Baseball in America, the Civil Rights Movement, the Jewish Holocaust, Slavery in America, the American Family, Women in the World, and the History of World War II.
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What courses will I take?
- Western Civilization I
- Historical Inquiry
- American Civilization I
- U.S. from 1945 to the Present
What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?
- Records Manager
- Lawyer or Paralegal
Graduates with an AU history degree have excelled in masters and doctoral programs in universities across the country and overseas. Many of AU’s history graduates choose to go on to law school or an MBA program, join the U.S. Foreign Service or other government agencies, work at museums and national parks, serve in the mission field, or teach overseas.
Our professors are committed to providing the best education possible and actively work to know our students, to help them realize their potential and reach their goals. As historians, we strongly believe that knowledge of our past helps us to create a better future, and we invite you to join us in the pursuit of learning who we are and what we can be.
Along with the in-depth courses, students have the opportunity for hand-on learning. Depending on students’ professional career goals, internship experiences in Madison County or with our university museum provide invaluable opportunities to learn and become involved in the daily operations of these organizations.
After graduation, our students move on to a law school or an MBA program, join the U.S. Foreign Service or other government agencies, work at museums and national parks, serve in the mission field, or teach overseas.
Students have been involved with internships at the national government level in Washington, D.C., with state and local governments, and with the British Parliament. Pre-law students are assigned to area law offices, courts, or the prosecutor’s office. Through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, AU students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying economics and domestic and international politics in Washington, D.C. Students are called to integrate their faith in a government setting, while interacting with decision-makers. The council also offers summer school at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England, as well as international opportunities in Russia, Egypt, and Costa Rica.
Dr. Joel Shrock serves as associate provost, the dean of the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science, and professor of history. He earned his Ph.D. from Miami University in United States History with fields in cultural, gender, and world history in 1996. He teaches courses in modern US and Middle Eastern history.
Dr. Shrock has published The Gilded Age: American Popular Culture through History with Greenwood Press in 2004 and is working on a manuscript on boyhood, youth fiction, and violence at the turn of the twentieth century. He has published various articles on topics that include rape in silent film, the Vietnam Antiwar Movement, and recently an article on print culture and crossover reading in the late nineteenth century.
Dr. Shrock maintains a presence outside of the university. He has served on two Teaching American History Grant Projects, was on the consulting committee for the What Middletown Read Project, has served as a council member, membership secretary, and past president of the Indiana Association of Historians. In 2009 Shrock studied Middle Eastern culture and politics as a Malone Fellow in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. In 2011 he won the Distinguished Scholar Award from Anderson University for his research in the What Middletown Read Project. In 2014 Dr. Shrock won a fellowship for the Council of Independent Colleges Seminar, “The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910” at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Dr. Shrock has served at Anderson University since 2005.
Contact Dr. Shrock:
Decker Hall 120; (765) 641-4441
Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Professor of History
B.S., M.A. Ball State University
Ph.D., Miami University