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B.A. Degree in History


An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of history and knowledge of basic research techniques, the use of documents and the handling of evidence, as part of a Christian worldview.
  2. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through effective communication of independent research.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of American, European, and public history.
  4. Be able to apply Christian ethics to life situations, as a leader in the home, community and church.
  5. Have an increased understanding of people of different cultures, times and places.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours. 

42 hours, minor required, plus 6 hours of same foreign language

1. 6 hours Western Civilization 

  • HIST-2923 - Perspectives in Western Civilization
  • any European history course

2. 6 hours American History 

  • HIST-2213 - History of the U.S. to 1877
  • HIST-2223 - History of the U.S. Since 1877

3. 9 hours research courses; each must be passed with a grade of C or better. 

  • HIST-2123 - Introduction to Historical Research
  • HIST-2813 - Data Analysis  
  • HIST-4733 - Senior History Seminar

4. 3 hours public history 

  • HIST-2723 - Introduction to Public History

5. 15 hours 3000/4000 level courses

6. 3 hours history electives

7. 6 hours in the same foreign language

Related Careers

  • Campaigns
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Legislative Bodies
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Museums
  • Research Institutes
  • Teaching (primary school, middle school, high school and university level)

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