• past human experience – social issues, politics, economics, religion, and art – as a key to understanding the present
  • analyze and explore the human potential for both good and evil across many centuries and within diverse cultures
  • gain a thorough understanding of the tradition of Western Civilization and the currents of political, ecclesial, social, and conceptual changes throughout its formation
  • enjoy history and reading
  • have a good memory and logical, orderly mind
  • enjoy learning about different cultures and their social and structural transformation
  • many different career opportunities, including teaching
  • librarianship
  • business
  • government
  • law
  • museum and archival work
  • social work
  • different forms of ministry

Department Mission:

The History faculty aims to give students an awareness of the complexity and profundity of past human experience and to help them relate that understanding to contemporary issues.

In accordance with our Catholic, Benedictine intellectual tradition, we try to help students develop an appreciation for the place and the value of the individual within the processes of
social and structural transformation over time in hopes that they will develop empathy toward their fellow human beings and seek the common good.

Enabling our students to analyze and explore the human potential for both good and evil across many centuries and within diverse cultures, we try to help them become men and women of virtue.

Departmental Goals:

Ideally, an education in history produces students who are profound thinkers, committed to the lifelong pursuit of understanding the world around them and of finding their own meaningful place in it.

The skills and methods that are developed through the study of history promote the sort of lateral thinking, analytical ability, and capacity to communicate in speech and writing that are necessary for future professional success.

The history curriculum prepares students for many different career opportunities, including teaching, librarianship, business, government, law, museum and archival work, social work, and different forms of ministry.

(This option is available for traditional students only.) Students transferring more than 13 credit hours to Belmont Abbey College are not required to take the First-Year Symposium.

Major requirements
Students majoring in History must take all four (4) of the lower-level courses listed below. Six (6) of these hours are counted towards the History requirement in the Core Curriculum; the other six (6) hours are counted as part of the thirty (30) hours of major requirements.

  • HI 101 – World Civilization I
  • HI 102 – World Civilization II
  • HI 201 – United States History: 1492-1877
  • HI 202 – United States History: 1877-Present

300 Level or above:

  • Seven (7) History courses at the 300 level or above
  • HI 301 – Historiography
  • HI 401 – Thesis
  • HI 452 – Internship

Other Courses:

  • Foreign language
  • Upper-level course (300 or above) in English
  • Upper-level course (300 or above) in Theology
  • CS 100 – Introduction to Computing (or equivalent)
  • General Elective courses

Students are strongly encouraged, but not required to take HI 452 Internship. Students choosing to take HI 452 may count this course towards the 18 hours of History electives for the major.

The last eighteen (18) credits taken to fulfill the requirements of the History major must be taken at Belmont Abbey College. Students transferring from accredited institutions may transfer a maximum of nine (9) credits at the 300 and 400 levels.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Fifteen (15) hours of History courses at the 300- or 400-level.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.


Dr. Troy Feay - Chair & Associate Professor of History
B.S., Taylor University
M.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Dr. John Daniel Hutchinson - Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Belmont Abbey College
M.A., University of Alabama-Birmingham
Ph.D., Florida State University

Dr. Patrick Wadden – Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Trinity College, Dublin, 2006
M.St., University of Oxford, 2007
D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2011

Dr. Francis Murray - Professor Emeritus of History
B.A., Kings College
M.A., Niagara University
Ph.D., Catholic University of America