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Find your future in the past with a degree in history.

The Bachelor of Arts in history encourages you to appreciate the significance of world events and comprehend the important connections between history, culture, and the status quo. A complete range of courses in American, European, and African history are led by skilled historians and scholars who make history come alive in the classroom. By researching the past, you can acquire both critical skills and valuable assets to aid you in your pursuit of a career or advanced studies.

Hands-on training in historical interpretation is conducted at the university's acclaimed Drennen-Scott House, a National Historic Site antebellum home that provides critical insight to early settlers of the Fort Smith area. Other disciplines covered in this program include geography, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and resources interpretation.


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This 18-hour program provides you with analytical thinking skills and research and writing ability that all employers desire from their employees. By providing you with core knowledge of the past, a minor in history helps prepare you for the responsibilities of citizenship.

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This 9-credit hour program provides curriculum designed for those in helping professions such as human services, health care organizations, educators, and others. Courses include Intermediate Spanish I, II, and Spanish for the Professions. Beginning Spanish I and II or required placement scores are prerequisites for Intermediate Spanish I.

What can I do with a degree in history? 

A degree in history brings with it valuable analytical thinking, research, and writing skills that are applicable in a variety of careers. While some graduates have chosen to continue their education in law school or other graduate degree programs, many have begun careers in a variety of roles such as:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Educator
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Park Service Employee
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Author

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median wage for history degree holders in 2023 was $63,000.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • know the significant periods and events in United States, European, and world history.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the structure of government and the interplay between society and government.
  • conduct research in primary and secondary sources.
  • prepare for the responsibilities of effective citizenship and a successful career.
  • broaden your perspectives of different world cultures and interact with them comfortably.
  • present historical material in the public arena either verbally or in writing.

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