History

History

In the remarkable times we live in, being able to see the changes we are undergoing almost daily provides us with a unique perspective on life. Knowing what has happened before, and how we as Christians; as Americans and as individuals have dealt with change, helps us to be better communicators, better analytical thinkers and better employees in the world outside of academia.

With a Bachelor of Arts in History degree, you will study the groundwork laid by those who have come before us through the major events that have happened in our country and in our world, and learn how they have shaped who and what we are. With only 18 hours of core courses, you’ll be able to focus on what you want to learn about – American history, European history or global world history. The History major at Anderson University will give you the basis of communication, critical thinking and foundational knowledge that you can use in any government, business or non-profit position.

History major courses

To earn this degree, you will take a liberal arts foundation, supplemented by 18 hours of core courses and another 18 hours in an area of specialization. Courses include:

  • US Foreign Relations since 1898 - This course examines the major diplomatic and military events, such as the Spanish American War, the two World Wars, and the Cold War, that ultimately transformed the United States from a minor regional power to the world’s foremost superpower.

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  • Africa and Asia since 1900 - The twentieth century witnessed dramatic changes in African and Asian societies: from genocide in Congo to truth and reconciliation in South Africa, from world wars in East Asia to independence in India, we consider how people, ideas, and events have shaped the world we live in today.

  • Civil War and Reconstruction - This course examines one of the most important events in American history; the US Civil War saw the largest armies the world has ever seen battle to determine the fate of the economic and political future of the United States.

  • Medieval European Civilization - Far from being a period of darkness, Medieval European civilization was an important period in the transformation of Western Europe, therefore this course will examine the political, economic, social, and religious developments that laid the foundation for the modern era.

Career Outlook

With a major in history, you’ll be uniquely prepared to enter into challenging careers in government, business and politics. From working with an elected official to a career in communications to a career in the non-profit sector, a history degree prepares you for many entry level positions, including the following careers:

  • Journalist
  • Office manager
  • Event planner
  • Business administration
  • Paralegal

By combining the history major or minor with other programs, like communications, criminal justice, business or theology, you can position yourself to succeed further in graduate schools. A history degree will help prepare you not only for law school, but also for an MBA or a master’s degree in any of the humanities. A bachelor of history can be a supplement to another degree to help make you stand out as a job candidate. If you seek further education, you can pursue the following professions:

  • Lawyer
  • Geographer
  • City planner
  • Educator
  • Anthropologist
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Research analyst
  • Minister or theologian

The wide diversity of jobs available to history majors makes it a lucrative educational prospect. According to the New York Federal Reserve Bank’s 2017 Labor Market study, history majors reportedly earn $62,000 a year in the middle of their career. And according to the national Center for Education Statistics, the median annual salary of 20-somethings with a bachelor’s degree in history earn an estimated $40,860.