Bachelor of Arts in History

The study of history seeks to understand the present state of the world through the currents of the past and the global complexities of the present. Under the mentorship of dedicated Christian faculty, you’ll develop critical thinking, research and writing skills as you gain deeper insight into the world in which we live.

The study of history seeks to understand the present state of the world through the currents of the past and the global complexities of the present. Under the mentorship of dedicated Christian faculty, you’ll develop critical thinking, research and writing skills as you gain deeper insight into the world in which we live.

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Mission

History is a versatile area of study, one that explores the experience of humankind from era to era. Examining our past – from language and the arts to science and technology – gives us context to understand current events and how we might plan for the future. At ACU, our faculty invite their students to critically engage with history, to forge new research paths and present their findings at academic conferences, and to consider the ways in which the narration and commemoration of the past shapes memory and community identity in the present. All history students complete an internship in the field through a faculty-guided course, working with such host institutions as presidential libraries, archives, and local and national museums. Recent graduates have interned at the Smithsonian Institution, Milliken Special Collections, the National WASP WWII Museum and the Grace Museum.

Program Structure

Bachelor of Arts in History Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 51 credit hours + Electives: 21 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework 

Global Connections since 1400
Europe in Crisis: 1914
Ancient Rome
Cosmic Race: History of Mexico

Minor Available

Yes

Department

History and Global Studies

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1
Regular: Feb. 1
National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

ACU offer two degrees in history:

Bachelor of Arts in History

The 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, museums, archives and libraries.

Bachelor of Science in History

The 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. You will leave ACU equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach high school history or social studies in grades 7-12.

Outside the Classroom

You will have many opportunities for growth outside the classroom, including:

  • Field school experience
  • Internships
  • Study or teaching abroad
  • Phi Alpha Theta honor society

Careers

The study of history challenges us and expands our worldviews. The research, writing and critical-thinking skills you will gain while earning a history degree equips you for a wide range of careers, even wider than you might imagine, including:

  • Museums
  • Secondary and higher education
  • International development and aid organizations
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Archives
  • Historic preservation
  • State and national parks