Bachelor of Arts in History

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.

It is a field of study that can be challenging and a catalyst for expanding our worldview. The research, writing, and critical-thinking skills you gain while earning your bachelors in history are applicable to a wide range of careers, even wider than you might imagine.

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We offer two separate 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.

Historical Researcher at work

What can you do after graduation?

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

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)
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Degree Details

History, BA (HIST)

Required Hours

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:



History and Global Studies

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: November 1st

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

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