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History Major

Earn a bachelor's degree in history

A history degree is a valuable liberal arts degree that will give you a solid foundation in research and analytical skills vital to a wide variety of career paths including law, public service, ministry, business, museum work, national parks, government work and more.

Whether you use your history major from SBU to pursue further education at law school, graduate school or professional programs, or immediately enter a variety of career opportunities, you will be equipped with all the needed skills including research techniques, communication skills, analytical reasoning and cultural appreciation.

The History degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Degree plan

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Thrive in small class sizes in which you will receive personal attention, individualized instruction and one-on-one advisement as you pursue your education and career goals.
  • Be challenged to think deeply about the relationship between faith and culture and the influence of Christianity in your history courses.
  • Develop valuable skills in analytical reasoning, research and communication that will serve you well within the discipline of history and many other professions.

Faith Integration

The integration of Christian faith with the study of history distinguishes SBU's bachelor's degree in history. You will receive a well-rounded, complete overview of history using the "3-D approach" to studying history — considering the body, mind and soul. Course curriculum and discussion carefully considers the undeniable impact of Christianity on world history and how faith perspectives influence history and world issues. For example, when studying African history you will consider the impact of missionaries to Africa in the development of African cultures.

The area of history and political science adopts a Scripture passage each semester that helps shape the focus for the semester and provides intentionality in the integration of faith and academics.


SBU History graduates have pursued a variety of careers with organizations such as:

  • Cabela's Headquarters
  • CStreet Global Consultancy
  • Excel Management, Inc.
  • Missouri Conservation Department
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Senate
  • World Trade Center (Kansas City)

Graduate schools

Many History graduates have pursued further education at institutions such as:

  • Covenant Theological Seminary
  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Missouri State University
  • St. Louis University School of Law
  • Washburn University School of Law


As a history student you will have the opportunity to apply annually for several privately funded scholarships, including the Tina Secrest Memorial History Scholarship, a $1,000 award given to two history majors each year.