HIST 209 History of Christianity • 5 Cr.


Explores the beginnings of the Christian church, the impact of Christian teaching and organization on the West, and the challenge of other religions and philosophies. Traces the spread of Christianity in the non-Western world and assesses its role in American culture in the modern era. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


May be used as social science or humanities course requirement, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural contexts of the development of Christianity.
  • Compare Christianity's central teachings and status in society with those of other religions.
  • Recognize and identify how Christian thinkers have responded to social needs, political realities, and philosophical challenges.