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School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Anderson University’s rigorous history program 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, law, government, non-profit organizations, and public service. This 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.

Program Overview


Along with the program’s in-depth history courses, students have the opportunity for hands-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 law school or an MBA program, join the U.S. Foreign Service, other government agencies, work at museums and national parks, serve in the mission field, or teach overseas.



  • Graduate with a BA in History in four years.
  • Complete the 4+1 program, from BA to MBA.

3+1 Program

Graduate with a BA in History and a MBA with the 3+1 program. You spend four years total at AU and earn two degrees while you are here.



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.



  • Western Civilization I
  • Historical Inquiry
  • American Civilization I
  • U.S. from 1945 to the Present


  • Archivist
  • Records manager
  • Lawyer or paralegal
  • Librarian

Graduates with an AU history degree have excelled in master’s 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.


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Joel Shrock, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Joel D. Shrock

Associate Provost; Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science; Professor of History

Joel Shrock, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Joel D. Shrock

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

Associate Provost
Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Professor of History
B.S., M.A. Ball State University
Ph.D., Miami University

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