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Bachelor of Arts in History

Are you intrigued by the life paths of the greats, the triumphs and tragedies of humanity, and the witnessing of the workings of God throughout the human timeline? Do you want to learn the lessons the past has to teach you so that you can effectively engage the future with an intelligent, biblical worldview? If you are passionate about studying history and committed to strengthening your Christian faith, then you should enroll as a history major at California Baptist University. With a faculty team of full-time historians who are authentic Christians and excellent teachers, this department shines in the area of faith integration and strong student mentoring.

A Bachelor of Arts in History will prepare you for fulfilling careers in both the private and public sectors. As a student of history, you will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as strong communication skills, which will prepare you to be an exceptional employee. You can also choose to continue your academic studies at the graduate level.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Student Learning Outcomes

1. History majors should be able to express coherently an appreciation of religious, philosophical, and cultural diversity.

2. History majors should have a grasp of the meaning and significance of European history, American history, and Non-Western history and their impact on World history.

3. History majors should have demonstrated in written or oral form an ability to consider various understandings of history and historical methodologies and the impact of each upon understandings of religious tradition, political processes, and personal and cultural identity.

4. History majors should be knowledgeable of the historical impact of Christianity and the Biblical revelation upon the development of Western culture.

5. History majors should develop an appreciation of the contribution and struggle for recognition, franchise, and power, within a democracy, by marginalized groups in American history such as: women, African Americans, Native Americans, and others.

6. Majors in History should be able to demonstrate in written and oral form engagement in a personal faith-pilgrimage which enables the integration of faith and reason, the development of value-based character, and a commitment to the service of God and human culture.

Career Opportunities

  • Documentary editor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Journalist
  • Legislative analyst
  • Librarian
  • College professor
  • Museum archivist
  • Public historian
  • Teacher (elementary, middle, or secondary)
  • Writer

TRADITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

History Major (36 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements

HIS 213 History of the United States I

HIS 223 History of the United States II

HUM 213 Humanities I

HUM 223 Humanities II

Upper Division Requirements

HIS 490 Historiography and Historical Methods

HIS 499 Senior Project

Upper Division Elective Requirements**

Eighteen (18) additional upper division units in History*

*Students may also apply POL 423, POL 425, POL 427, POL 429, and POL 443 to the upper division history elective requirement.

**Students who double major in history and political science to meet single subject matter competency should refer to the social science single subject matter competency program requirements when selecting electives. See the Social Science Subject Matter Competence advisor, Dr. Eric Brook, for course requirement details.

Traditional Program Requirements

Complete the following 36 units

Lower Division Requirements

Upper Division Requirements

American History Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

European History Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units of the following:

World History Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units of the following:

Upper Division Elective Requirements**

Eighteen (18) additional upper division units in History*

*Students may also apply POL 423, POL 425, POL 427, POL 429, and POL 443 to the upper division history elective requirement.

**Students who double major in history and political science to meet single subject matter competency should refer to the social science single subject matter competency program requirements when selecting electives. See the Social Science Subject Matter Competence advisor, Dr. Eric Brook, for course requirement details

Optional Concentration in Holocaust Studies

(12 units)