Program Goals

The Undergraduate Certificate in History is intended to provide students with the ability to:

  • Identify and discuss patterns in the development of Western civilization and its most important cultures, people, and figures
  • Explore the relationship between secular and religious history
  • Integrate knowledge of Church history and teaching to evaluate and clearly respond to contemporary challenges

Program Requirements

  • 18 Credits

Program Time Limit: 3 years

Application Process

  • Submit a free online program application.
  • Send official transcript from high school, GED, or most recent undergraduate institution attended to

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $1,035 x 6 courses = $6,210
  • Technology fee: $165/course x 6 courses = $990
  • Books: $100/course (estimate) x 6 courses = $600
  • Total: $7,800
  • Detailed cost of attendance budgets can be found here.

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Course Lists

For descriptions of required courses, please consult the online course catalog. All courses listed below are 8 weeks long unless otherwise noted.

To earn the Certificate in History, students must complete the following six undergraduate courses (18 credits) in History and Church History at CDU:

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 214 Church History: From the Early Christians to the Middle Ages 3
CHIST 224 Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church 3
CHIST 244 History of the Catholic Church in America 3
HIST 201 Ancient Civilization 3
HIST 211 Christian Civilization 3
HIST 221 A Global Civilization 3


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