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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.
 

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

Format

On Campus

Credit Hours

120

Degree Plan

BA - History

 

Related Degrees

Bachelor of Science - History with Social Studies Teacher Licensure 7-12
This program is designed for future social studies teachers who will make an exciting and important impact on history, civics, economics, and psychology students in junior high and high school classrooms. You will learn to integrate and apply the knowledge you learn in actual public school classrooms for grades 7-12. The social studies methodology course and internship (student teaching) are led by professors in the discipline who have public school teaching experience. You must be admitted into the teacher education program through the School of Education, which is committed to excellence in teacher preparation through both classroom instruction and field experiences.

There is a separate application process for history with social studies teacher licensure 7-12, and requirements for admission may change over time. Students must meet admission requirements current at the time of their final application for admission to the teacher education program. Click here for School of Education application information.

 

Minors

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. 

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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