Studying the past, shaping the future

Historians explore the past in order to see its resources applied to the present world
in important ways.
As a part of Warner University’s History program, students will be challenged to make those connections in a way that is faithful to the historical sources and open to the wisdom that the past has to offer. The skills that students acquire in reading and analysis will not only prepare you for a career as a historian, but also for numerous other employment opportunities and for many graduate programs.

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General Education Core Requirement for Bachelor of Arts

Information taken from the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog. Please refer to the most recent catalog for further information, found here.

Written and Oral Communication

  • ENG 1010 – Composition I (3 credit hrs.)
  • ENG 1020 – Compostion II (3 credit hrs.)
  • COM 2010 – Oral Communication (3 credit hrs.)

Cultural and Historal Perspectives

Choose from two (2) of the four (4) disciplines:

  • Fine Arts (FAS 2005, 2006, or 2043)
  • Literature
  • Biblical Literature, Theology, or BST 2000 – Beginning Bibilical Interpretation
  • Any History (HIS) Course

Mathematics and Science

  • Choose nine (9) credit hours, comprised of at least one (1) natural science course and at least one (1) mathematics course at MAT 1030 or above.

Social Sciences

Choose six (6) credits from:

  • COM 2020 – Media Literacy (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2001 – Principles of Economics: Macro (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2012 – Contemporary Economics (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU/PSY 2010 – Life-Span Development (3 credit hrs.)
  • GEO 2013 – World Geography (3 credit hrs.)
  • POS 2010 – American Government and Politics (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 2000 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SOC 2000 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2050 – Human Behavior and the Social Enviornment (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2053 – Social Problems (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 2100 – Strategy and Critical Thinking (3 credit hrs.)

Biblical Studies

Required for freshman and transfer students with fewer than 60 credit hours:

  • BST 1010 – Christian Life: Faith and Practice (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 3005 – Understanding the Old Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Required for trasnfer students with 60 or more credit hours:

  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Personal Development and Worldview

  • BST 4095 – Senior Seminar to Theology and Vocation (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 1100 – Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts University (1 credit hr.)
Requirements for History Major
  • HIS 1005 – Introduction to the Historical Craft (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 1011 – Early World History (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 1012 – Modern World History (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 1030 – Early United States History (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 1040 – Modern United States History (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS/CHM 3016 – History of Christianity (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 4054 – Historiography (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 4080 – Historical Research (3 credit hrs.)

Fifteen (15) additional credit hours from:

  • HIS 3003 – Modern European History (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 3020 – U.S. History, 1914-1945 (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 3024 – Florida History (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 3026 – African American History (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 4020 – History of American Government & Politcal Thought (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 4085 – History Internship (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 4145 – Topics in US History* (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 4245 – Topics in Western World History* (3 credit hrs.)
  • HIS 4345 – Topics in Non-Wester World History* (3 credit hrs.)

*Repeatable with different topics

Our Faculty

Dr. Kimberly Bartasavage

Dr. Kimberly Bartasavage

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Bartasavage possesses an MS in Public Administration, an MS in Public Safety and a DCJ. Dr. Bartasavage retired from law enforcement as a state parole agent serving on the street crimes unit and jointly with the USMS fugitive apprehension team.

She is an avid sports fan, enjoys the beach, reading and running as well as watching her son play baseball. A favorite bible verse is Joshua 1:9.

Dr. Leonard Giammatteo

Dr. Leonard Giammatteo

Professor of Behavior Sciences

Dr. Giammatteo is a successful sport psychology instructor and mental game coach. He has a Doctorate in Psychological Foundations from Nova SE University and has written the book “The Winning Edge – Mastering the Mental Game in Sports.”

He and his family enjoy cooking Italian food, playing golf, and vacationing on Anna Marie Island. Dr. G. believes in the following scripture verse: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7.


Dr. Daniel Julich

Dr. Daniel Julich

Chair, Associate Professor of History / Associate Dean of Student Learning Assessment

Dr. Julich grew up on the east coast of Florida and spent seven years of teaching in  Kansas. He has an M.A. in Theological Studies and a Ph.D. in History.

Father of five, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games, reading books about history, culture, and politics, and exploring new places. A meaningful verse for him is Galatians 6:9.

Dr. April Steen

Dr. April Steen

Associate Professor of Social Work

A native from Buffalo, NY, Dr. April Steen, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a professional focus in military families, work life balance and trauma/compassion fatigue. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida.

As an active member in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she has served as past president (Florida Chapter). A meaningful verse for her is Proverbs 3:5.

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Kaylea Upchurch

Kaylea Upchurch

Instructor of Psychology

Kaylea Upchurch is an Instructor of Psychology for Warner. She began working with Warner’s Admissions department in August 2021 and transitioned to her faculty role in July 2024. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Warner University and a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Regent University.

Kaylea has experience in floral design and wedding coordination. Her favorite Bible passage is Lamentations 3:22-23: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

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Warner University is a distinctly Christian university that strives to make a Christian liberal arts education accesible to all. We are committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve. We are located in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida, which is nearly the exact center of the Florida peninsula. We are just a short drive away from rapidly growing cities such as Lakeland and Winter Haven. At Warner we offer a variety of in-person and online degree plans. Choose Warner and answer God’s call, receiving an education that helps you pursue your dreams and grow closer to Christ.