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History (BA)

A future in the past.

History is a versatile area of study, one that explores the experience of humankind from era to era. Examining our past—from language and art to science and technology—gives us context to understand current events and how we might plan for the future.

The knowledge and research, writing and critical-thinking skills you gain while studying history are applicable to a wide range of careers, wider than you might imagine.

ACU’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in history is a liberal arts degree that prepares you to enter a variety of career fields and graduate studies, including government service, journalism, law, professorship, and museums, archives and libraries.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in history with teacher certification is a collaborative degree with the Department of Teacher Education, combining rigorous study of history with extensive teacher preparation to equip your to be an exceptional teacher of high school history or social studies

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 51 credit hours
+ Electives: 21 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
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Department History and Global Studies
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Global Connections since 1400
  • Europe in Crisis: 1914
  • Ancient Rome
  • Cosmic Race: History of Mexico
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What can you do after graduation?

  • Museum Curator/Designer
  • Specialist Librarian
  • Political Advisor
  • National Collections Archivist
  • Military Historian 
  • Academic Historian/Professor 
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Clubs and Activities

Students in the Department of History and Global Studies have many opportunities for growth outside the classroom, including:

  • Field school experience
  • Internships
  • Study/teaching abroad
  • Phi Alpha Delta (professional society)

About the History & Global Studies Department

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At ACU our History & Global Studies Department strives to provide an understanding of the experiences of humankind, to stimulate thought concerning various institutions, ideas and cultures, and to promote ethical standards in keeping with the Christian faith. The study of history prepares students by developing critical-thinking, research, and writing skills. Our faculty invite students to engage with history, to be a part of new research, and to challenge their previous understanding of the past.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.